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Tummy Tuck Consultation
What should I expect during my Tummy Tuck Surgery Consultation?
Your Consultation with Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Siamak Agha
During your initial consultation, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Agha will inquire about your general physical and mental health status, pre-existing health conditions, prior surgeries, your medications, allergies, and smoking habits.
Relevant questions include:
Pregnancies and their effects on the abdomen
Previous surgical procedures (including laparoscopic procedures)
History and method of weight gain and loss
Future plans for pregnancy
A detailed history of current medical and psychological problems, e.g. heart disease, diabetes, a history of thromboembolic disease, connective tissue disorders, and wound healing problems
It is important that you be thorough when providing the requested information as this will allow Dr. Agha and staff to proactively address medical and psychological concerns.
When asked about medications, be sure to include any diet pills, vitamin or herbal preparations because some vitamins and herbal medications can affect your blood pressure and clotting ability. Honesty regarding your smoking and alcohol use is also very important as these will have a profound impact on your recovery period and your ability to heal.
After reviewing your medical history, Dr. Agha will discuss your concerns, priorities, and motivations for pursuing plastic surgery. Orange County plastic surgeon Dr. Agha will then examine you and assess your abdominal tissue laxity. He will assess multiple factors, including the degree of abdominal muscle weakness and separation, excess abdominal tissue, skin laxity and damage, and distribution of excess fat in the flanks and upper abdominal regions. The locations of all scars are noted and the presence of an abdominal hernia is ruled out.
Each of these components will determine which procedure is best for you. With only mild excess fat and good skin elasticity, you may be benefit best from liposuction alone. For mild tissue and skin excess confined to the lower abdominal region, you may be a candidate for a mini-abdominoplasty with or without liposuction. For more pronounced excess skin and fat as well as muscle weakness or laxity, you will most likely require a full abdominoplasty or Abdominoplasty™ to achieve the best results.
Dr. Agha will subsequently provide you with information on different options, explaining the advantages and disadvantages of the each procedure. You will be provided with information regarding the potential risks and complications of each surgery. Finally, considering your input, Dr. Agha will plan an appropriate procedure to best suit your anatomy as well as meet your desires and expectations.
At the completion of your consultation, you will be given a written estimate of the cost of your procedure. At this time, you will also have the option to schedule your procedure. You are encouraged to bring your spouse, significant other, family member, or a friend to your consultation. Prior to surgery, you may be asked to obtain specific lab tests and a medical evaluation.
The cornerstone of Dr. Agha’s approach is the customization of treatment to suit your specific needs and circumstances, ensuring that you have an adequate understanding of the procedure so that you are able to make an informed decision. This will help you achieve the appearance you desire with the least invasive procedure available.
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