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Your Tummy Tuck Consultation

by Dr. Daniel Lin

Your Tummy Tuck Consultation | West Covina Plastic Surgery | ChinoWhen an individual is considering a major cosmetic surgery procedure such as tummy tuck, they should have a detailed pre-op consultation with the surgeon before making a final decision. The surgeon will usually like to schedule the consultation several weeks ahead of the patient’s preferred date of surgery. This allows for sufficient time to the patient to prepare for the procedure.

Dr. Daniel Lin is a board certified plastic surgeon providing tummy tuck surgery to patients in West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and other areas in the region.


Evaluating the Patient’s Health

An important part in the initial consultation process for tummy tuck cosmetic surgery will be an assessment of the patient’s general health condition to determine their candidacy. The surgeon will review the patient’s past health records, examine their current condition, and may also order a few medical tests if required.

The patient must disclose all relevant information about their previous and current illnesses, past surgeries, any prescription or non-prescription medications they may be taking, and inform about their history of smoking and drinking. The surgeon will ask the patient to stop smoking for a certain period of time before tummy tuck surgery.

Health assessment will also include a review of the patient’s skin type, thickness and elasticity, and muscle strength in the abdominal area.


Cosmetic Goal Assessment

Each patient will have their own unique cosmetic goals, which they want to achieve through tummy tuck. The plastic surgeon will encourage the patient to share these goals and expectations, and incorporate this feedback into the customized surgical plan. The type of tummy tuck technique, the extent of correction, and the size of incisions can be determined better when the surgeon understands exactly what the patient wants.

More targeted results in a less invasive way are usually achieved with a customized surgical approach. It is also easier to achieve total patient satisfaction with this exercise. Dr. Lin receives patients from West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and nearby areas for tummy tuck.


Patient’s Questions

The tummy tuck consultation will also give the patient an opportunity to clarify all their concerns and doubts about the procedure or other issues. They should ideally prepare a list of questions they want to ask during the consultation. The surgeon will provide an accurate and detailed reply to all questions in a patient-friendly language.


Surgeon’s Tasks

Some of the key tasks performed by the surgeon during the consultation will include:

  • Evaluating the patient’s health status, medical history and risk factors

  • Taking photographs of the pre-operative condition with the patient’s consent

  • Explaining various treatment alternatives and costs

  • Suggesting the best tummy tuck surgical technique

  • Informing a realistic or likely outcome

  • Discussing the potential risks and complications

  • Providing detailed instructions for recovery

  • Answering the patient’s questions to their full satisfaction

The consultation process may also include showing of the tummy tuck before and after photographs of previous patients to explain the effectiveness of the surgery.

Click here to learn more about all the plastic surgery procedures and treatments cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Lin performs for patients in and around Pasadena, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, West Covina, Inland Empire, and San Gabriel Valley. Call today to schedule a consultation 626.810.6165 or click here.

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