Have you always wanted a tummy tuck after having your children or breast augmentation before the summer? Or maybe you want to have a facelift before you turn __? If you’ve thought about having a plastic surgery procedure, but not sure where to begin; here are 3 tips to consider.
1. Is your doctor a board certified plastic surgeon with at least a few years of experience in plastic surgery? Many plastic surgeons are board certified in plastic surgery and general surgery. Make sure the doctor you choose has performed a high number of cosmetic procedures. You can check the following websites for board certification.
The American Board of Plastic Surgery www.abplsurg.org
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons www.plasticsurgery.org
2. Are you healthy or without significant health problems? If you have diabetes or high blood pressure that is under control, you may still be a good candidate for surgery. Consult your primary care physician and your plastic surgeon.
3. Are you at your goal weight before surgery or a weight that feels comfortable to you? For a body contouring procedure, (Tummy Tuck or Liposuction) getting to your goal weight before surgery may ensure the best results. However, losing weight after a facelift may change your results. It is best to consult with your plastic surgeon.
Dr. Joseph Togba is a contributor to this blog.