What to Expect During Your Tummy Tuck Consultation
While many patients believe that the surgery is the most significant part of a tummy tuck, the pre-surgical consultation is just as important. Not only does it allow the patient to express his or her concerns and preferred aesthetic, but it also allows Dr. John LeRoy to assess the goals of the patient and recommend the appropriate procedure(s) to achieve their desired look.
During your consultation, Dr. LeRoy takes the time to discuss your cosmetic goals as well as learn about your family medical history and lifestyle history. Family history may seem insignificant, but it can play a major role in helping maintain your safety during and after plastic surgery. Because cosmetic surgery is just that, surgery, Dr. LeRoy will take the time to prepare you mentally and physically for your procedure.
Based on patient feedback, Dr. LeRoy explains the different steps available to each client to achieve his or her desired look. He also takes the time to show all his patients examples of his work in before and after photos. While many patients are happy to take before and after photographs, some are not comfortable with their images being placed online. That being said, it’s important to realize that Dr. LeRoy takes every measure to ensure optimal patient comfort and can provide further before and after photos in person than those posted on his online gallery. Because Dr. LeRoy focuses on patient education and each patient may have additional questions, he dedicates a significant amount of time for each patient’s consultation to thoroughly explain each procedure, answer patient questions, and address any concerns.
A consultation is the best time for patients to learn the ins and outs of the procedures recommended to achieve their cosmetic surgery goals, the risks and costs associated with each procedure, as well as the expected recovery time and post-surgery support required.
Since some procedures are more comprehensive than others, Dr. LeRoy takes the time to explain the intricacies of each prospective surgery. Take tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) for example. Depending on a patient’s specific needs, there are different variations of tummy tuck surgery. Post weight loss (bariatric) surgery patients who wish to get rid of loose, hanging skin around their mid-section usually require a circumferential tummy tuck.
During this comprehensive procedure, Dr. LeRoy excises excess tissue all the way around the midsection and then tightens the skin and underlying muscles. A traditional tummy tuck involves excising excess tissue solely from the abdominal region and then tightening the remaining skin and muscles. Dr. LeRoy also offers a third option for tummy tuck surgery that is reserved for patients with only a small amount of excess skin in the abdominal region, his Band Aid Tummy Tuck. This particular procedure focuses on specific areas of concern and can be performed in-office with gentle numbing.
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