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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Why do you want a tummy tuck?
  • What are you hoping to accomplish with a tummy tuck?
  • What else have you tried to improve the appearance of your abdomen?
  • For women, are you planning to become pregnant in the future?
  • What other medical conditions do you have? Do you take medications?
  • What surgeries and other cosmetic treatments have you had in the past?
  • Do you smoke or use alcohol or drugs? How much?
  • Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck? What can I reasonably expect a tummy tuck to accomplish?
  • What does a tummy tuck procedure involve and what are the potential risks?
  • What's involved with recovery after a tummy tuck? Will I have restrictions? For how long?
  • What can I do before my tummy tuck to get the best results?
  • What are my options if I am not happy with the results?
  • Where will my tummy tuck take place? Will I go home the same day?
  • What are the warning signs of a potential problem? How should I contact you?
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Tummy Tuck
Last Review Date: 2018 Dec 27
  1. Tummy Tuck. American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
  2. Tummy Tuck. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
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  • If you're thinking about getting a tummy tuck, there are some important questions you need to ask. The medical term for tummy tuck is abdominoplasty. Although it’s usually done for cosmetic reasons, it is a serious operation. Talk with your surgeon about these questions before signing your consent form.
  • It's important to identify the benefits and understand the risks well in advance of this major surgery.
  • Your total cost, which includes the surgery itself as well as the surgeon's fee, depends on a variety of factors—even where you live.
  •  One way to feel at ease going into the surgery is knowing what to expect before, during and after a tummy tuck
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