The thing you must know about tummy tucks is that it’s a surgical process.
This means the surgeon will need to make incisions, remove fat and cut away excess skin.
Although it is invasive and may sound scary, the results of a good tummy tuck job is nothing short of amazing. You’ll find yourself being able to wear tight fitting clothes without needing to suck it in anymore (and yes, you’ll finally be able to throw those grandma looking spanx away!)
Still, invasive procedures such as a tummy tuck requires careful selection of the clinic and the doctor. I highly recommend seeking out multiple doctor opinions before shortlisting one. Here are 3 tips on choosing the right tummy tuck doctor for you:
Go for an experienced tummy tuck doctor
For a surgical process like this, don’t take any risks. There will be many young doctors who just came out to start their own practices. These clinics usually charge a lower price to be competitive but it is not worth it. Search around for doctors who have done multiple tummy tuck procedures, such as Dr. Adrian Ooi, a plastic surgeon from Polaris Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Singapore, and who regularly consults at Illumia Medical.
Do the procedure locally
It might be tempting to do your tummy tuck in Thailand and save a few hundred dollars. But always consider the “what ifs”. There might be complications (infections, ruptures, internal bleeding, etc) that will need you to go for follow-up reviews.
If such a situation arises, you will curse the fact that your doctor is in Thailand and can’t help you when you’re in pain. It never hurts to be too safe and its best to stick to your home turf where you have friends / family to support you. Enough said, go with a local tummy tuck doctor.
Pick a tummy tuck doctor that makes you feel comfortable
A doctor-patient relationship is more than a business transaction. Your doctor must be one that is trustworthy and recommends the best advice based on your unique requirements. You will also be seeing him many times down the road for follow-ups, etc so choose a place you would want to go back to.
Once again, seek multiple opinions before making a decision. The last thing you want is to have to drag yourself to constant follow-ups with a doctor or clinic you don’t like.
Although costs are important, having results are WAY more important. There is downtime to this procedure so you would not want to go through it twice nor have to do revision surgery after revision surgery just to get it right.