A detailed consultation process should be the first step towards a cosmetic surgery procedure such as tummy tuck. The consultation will give the patient an opportunity to engage with the surgeon and get more clarity about the procedure as well as the surgeon’s professional expertise.
The pre-op consultation should preferably be scheduled well ahead of the surgery date in order to provide adequate time for preparation. During the consultation, the surgeon will educate the patient about various aspects of tummy tuck surgery, and help them make an informed decision.
Patients in Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and surrounding locations have an opportunity to receive tummy tuck and other aesthetic procedures from board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bram Kaufman.
Assessing the Candidate’s Health
A carefully assessment of the patient’s general health condition is a vital part of the consultation process. The surgeon will like to ensure that the patient is in a fit condition to undergo a major cosmetic surgery procedure such as abdominoplasty. During the consultation, they will review the patient’s medical records and examine their health condition.
The patient should transparently provide pertinent details about their past medical issues and surgeries, if any, including any history of smoking, drinking or drugs. They should also prepare a list of all prescription and non-prescription medications, including vitamins and herbal supplements, which they may be currently taking and present it before the surgeon.
The surgeon will check the patient’s skin quality, thickness and elasticity in the abdominal area, including the condition of the underlying abdominal muscles. Some patients may require liposuction along with tummy tuck surgery, if the surgeon finds excess fat tissue deposits.
Customized Surgical Plan
In addition to the health evaluation, the surgeon will also take into account the patient’s specific cosmetic goals and needs in order to create a customized tummy tuck surgery plan. They will look at the patient’s abdominal anatomy and their overall body structure.
Based on the patient’s feedback and their overall physical condition, the surgeon will determine the type of surgical technique, the size and location of incisions, and the degree of correction required. A customized surgical plan will help ensure that tummy tuck surgery is performed in a less invasive and more targeted manner.
Questions and Answers
During the consultation, the surgeon will take time to clarify any doubts and concerns that the patient may have about the surgery as well as the surgeon’s practice. Patients should preferably carry a list of questions to the surgeon’s office. Issues such as costs, insurance and financing options should also be discussed at the first consultation.
The surgeon’s key tasks during the consultation process may include:
- Reviewing the patient’s health records
- Taking photos of the patient’s pre-operative condition
- Informing the patient of treatment options and costs
- Recommending the most appropriate surgical technique and explaining the procedure steps
- Giving instructions for preparation and recovery
Experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Bram Kaufman receives patients from Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and nearby areas for tummy tuck surgery.