Going through tummy tuck surgery – or any plastic surgery, for that matter – is a BIG decision.
If you’re in the early staging of making a decision, no doubt one of the major steps you’ll take is choosing the right plastic surgeon for your tummy tuck procedure.
Choosing the right plastic surgeon isn’t just about finding somebody who you can trust to carry out the procedure itself – it’s also about choosing someone who you can rely on to::
- Look after your comfort
- Make sure the procedure is right for you
- Provide reliable post-operative care
- Make the experience as smooth and comfortable as possible
Find out how Cairns Plastic Surgery goes above and beyond for each and every patient. After all, we believe that at Cairns, the experience means everything.
Choosing the right plastic surgeon for tummy tuck surgery
Is your plastic surgeon certified and qualified?
You’d think that researching your surgeon’s qualifications would be simple. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.
For example, did you know that there is actually a huge difference between a cosmetic surgeon and a plastic surgeon?
While all plastic surgeons are cosmetic surgeons, not all cosmetic surgeons are plastic surgeons.
Long story short: to become a qualified plastic surgeon, you have to undergo an additional 8-10 years postgraduate surgical training. Half of these years are spent in surgical training – the other in specialty Plastic and Reconstructive surgery training.
By contrast, to become a cosmetic surgeon you need a basic medical degree – and no additional or specialist training.
Your plastic surgeon should be affiliated with the Australian Medical Council and be a member of the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS).
You need to check if they are a member of FRACS to be sure that they have the experience and qualification to perform your tummy tuck procedure.
It can also be as simple as checking to see whether they refer to themselves as a plastic or cosmetic surgeon – if they refer to themselves only as a cosmetic surgeon, you should be aware of this – as you might like to look elsewhere.
Check out your surgeon’s work experience
Has your surgeon performed tummy tuck surgery before? And more importantly, did they do a good job?
Luckily, it’s pretty easy to see for yourself now – you have a range of options you can use to check out your surgeon’s work experience:
- Case studies
- Before and after photos
During your initial conversations, be sure to ask about previous tummy tuck procedures, as well as their work experience – this will give you an idea of what they can do for you.
And if possible, ask to see pictures – nothing comes quite as close to seeing their outcomes with your own eyes!
You don’t need to book an appointment to see our work for yourself – click here to check out some of our tummy tuck before and after photos.
Choose a surgeon that specialises in tummy tuck surgery
If you’ve settled on body surgery such as abdominoplasty (the formal name for tummy tucks), it’s important you choose a plastic surgeon who specialises in body surgery.
Not only does this ensure that your procedure itself goes off without a hitch – it also means that they’re able to more accurately assess what type of tummy tuck you need.
There are two types of tummy tucks:
- Partial tummy tuck: a less-invasive procedure targeted at loose skin and fat below the belly button
- Full tummy tuck (or full abdominoplasty): a procedure that removes loose skin from a broader part of the stomach
Which type of tummy tuck surgery is right for you? It depends on how your belly looks, and what you want to achieve with plastic surgery.
Whatever it is, a plastic surgeon who specialises in tummy tuck surgery can help you figure out what you need.
Choose a plastic surgeon who knows how important the experience is
Trust is a must for every patient-surgeon relationship.
And trust is built up through a comfortable relationship, where your surgeon is upfront, honest, understanding, and knowledgeable.
When you are comfortable with your surgeon, communication and honesty is easy between the two of you.
You should be able to state all your questions and concerns without any inhibitions, and your surgeon should be able to answer them one by one.
Further, your plastic surgeon should be honest and realistic.
Every surgery carries risks – and if your surgeon is dancing around the topic or guaranteeing results, we suggest finding another.
That isn’t the only part of the experience that matters, however.
When it comes to matters involving your body, you want someone who is upfront and honest, but who also is tactful and treats your case with the attention and care you expect.
At Cairns Plastic Surgery, your experience is at the heart of everything we do. We know you’re making a big decision – that’s why we work hard to ensure that your experience is as smooth and comfortable as possible.
Dr Isolde Hertess and the team walk you through everything, bringing a uniquely female perspective to your tummy tuck surgery.
What’s next? Book a free information session with one of our friendly nurses to find out!
Embarking on your tummy tuck journey is a big decision. And it’s one that you don’t need to take alone, either – the team at Cairns Plastic Surgery will be right there with you every step of the way.
Dr Isolde Hertess and her team have more than 20 years of experience in all surgical procedures, including tummy tuck surgeries.
Whether you’re in the market for tummy tuck surgery or any other sort of body surgery, if you live in Cairns, our team can help you!
Book a no-obligation chat with one of our nurses at Cairns today for a FREE catch up – we are also currently offering virtual consultations where we can discuss your needs via video chat from the comfort of your home.