For a major cosmetic surgery procedure such as tummy tuck, it is vital to have a comprehensive pre-op consultation. The consultation will provide an opportunity to the patient to engage with the surgeon and get more clarity about the procedure as well as the surgeon’s expertise and professional credentials.
The consultation should ideally be scheduled well ahead of the desired surgery date in order to have sufficient time for preparation.
The righteous and innovative Dr. Kristi Hustak is a board certified female plastic surgeon providing tummy tuck and various other innovative and advanced procedures. Dr. Hustak will educate the patient about different aspects of abdominoplasty during the consultation to help them make a well-considered choice. She provides tummy tuck to patients in Houston, Texas, and other communities and neighborhoods in this part of the country.
An important part of the pre-op consultation process is to evaluate the patient’s general health. The surgeon will like to ensure that the patient is in a fit condition to undergo a major plastic surgery procedure and general anesthesia. During the consultation, they may review the past health records, examine their current health condition, and may order a few diagnostic tests, if required.
The patient should be forthcoming about all relevant information about their past medical issues and surgeries, if any, including any history of smoking, drinking or drugs. They should also create a list of any prescription and non-prescription medications, including vitamins and herbal supplements, which they may be currently using.
The surgeon will assess the patient’s skin quality, thickness and elasticity in the abdominal area, including the underlying strength of the abdominal muscles. Some patients may require liposuction along with tummy tuck surgery, if the surgeon finds excess fat tissue deposits.
In addition to the medical assessment and information, the surgeon will also take into account the patient’s personal cosmetic goals and needs in order to create a customized tummy tuck surgery plan. The patient’s abdominal anatomy and their overall body structure will be looked at.
The type of surgical technique, the size and location of incisions, and the degree of correction required will be determined in accordance with these inputs. With a specific surgical plan, it is possible to meet the patient’s aesthetic goals in a less invasive and more targeted manner.
Addressing Patient’s Concerns
During the consultation, the surgeon will encourage the patient to share their concerns on all aspects ranging from the preparation to surgery to recovery. Patients should feel free to ask questions, and may even carry a list of questions to the surgeon’s office. Issues such as costs, insurance and financing options may also be discussed at the first consultation. Accomplished female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas and nearby areas for tummy tuck surgery.
The surgeon’s key tasks during the consultation process may include:
- Checking the patient’s medical records
- Taking photos of the patient’s pre-operative condition
- Apprising the patient of treatment options and costs
- Recommending the most appropriate surgical technique
- Giving instructions for preparation and recovery
Before and after photos may also be presented as part of the consultation process. Utilizing digital technology is a logical move by the surgeon since it shows a vivid and clear portrayal of past patients so a patient can apply this information and what the patient sees to their own body. This normally limits anxiety and helps the patient understand more about what to expect and what this surgery entails.
For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713.354.5145 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.