In order to achieve the most aesthetically appealing tummy tuck results — and enjoy a safe, positive surgical experience — it is imperative that you select a qualified tummy tuck surgeon with the right education, training and experience.
Your tummy tuck surgeon should be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, which is the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify physicians in plastic and reconstructive procedures.
Board certification indicates that the surgeon has graduated from an accredited medical school, completed at least five years of surgical training with a minimum of two years focused on plastic surgery and passed rigorous oral and written examinations. Board-certified plastic surgeons have demonstrated technical acuity, keen clinical judgment and an eye for balance and proportion (components which contribute significantly to the outcome of the procedure).
Consulting with a Tummy Tuck Surgeon
When meeting with a potential tummy tuck surgeon, there are several goals to accomplish, including:
- Learn more about the surgeon’s background
- Learn more about the procedure
- Determine whether you feel comfortable with the surgeon
During your conversation with the surgeon, you can ask about his experience and training. You may inquire where he went to medical school and completed his residency training, and whether he has any specialty training. After getting a better sense of his background, you will want to see real examples of his work. Ask to look at the surgeon’s before-and-after patient photo gallery to understand the typical type of results he delivers.
You will also want to learn as much about the surgery as possible. Ask about preparing for surgery, where the procedure is performed and what recovery entails. You may also be curious about scarring and how long the results will last.
The surgeon will also ask you some questions about why you are pursuing tummy tuck and what you hope to achieve. Once he has a better idea of your needs and goals, he can explain how he plans to approach your surgery.
If you “click” with the surgeon and feel as though he is competent, capable and has a good idea of your ideal cosmetic outcome, then you have found your tummy tuck surgeon!
Meet Dr. Donald Hause
Dr. Hause is a board-certified plastic surgeon with nearly 20 years of experience. He has performed more than 5,000 cosmetic surgeries, including numerous tummy tuck, liposuction, breast surgery and facial rejuvenation procedures. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.