Identifying Your Reasons for Having the Procedure
The first step in a tummy tuck consultation is identifying your motivations for having the surgery. Dr. Ditesheim will ask you about yourself and what you are unhappy with about your stomach.
His goal is to understand your frustrations and why they are significant enough for you to come in for a consultation. We create a welcoming space to make you feel comfortable speaking honestly about the parts of your body you wish to improve.
Examining Your Anatomy
Once Dr. Ditesheim has a better grasp of your motivations and goals, he will examine your anatomy. This is not always necessary outside of plastic surgery—everyone’s appendix or gallbladder is generally the same.
However, every person’s stature and build are different. For example, someone who is five feet tall with a short waist and long legs can experience a lot of stress on their body if they give birth to a large baby.
During the tummy tuck consultation, Dr. Ditesheim will look at the proportions of your body, not just your height and weight. He will also examine the quality of your skin and locate your excess fatty tissue. Dr. Ditesheim assesses every patient carefully and uses his artistic vision to determine how to help them become better versions of themselves.
Discussing Your Parameters for the Tummy Tuck
The next step in the initial consultation for an abdominoplasty is discussing your parameters. We will need to know if you want a quick recovery time, whether you have a strong support system, and how much money you can invest in the procedure. All of those factors are important when putting together a plan that makes sense for you.
Dr. Ditesheim wants to give each of his patients the best body possible given their circumstances. He understands that not everyone wants significant surgery. Some patients want or need to have less surgery. Additionally, some women may not want certain scars.
Furthermore, a woman may desire surgery but have medical issues that could make the procedure unsafe. Conditions such as asthma, obesity, or diabetes can influence how somebody might do in a surgical procedure. Dr. Ditesheim will talk through all these factors with you and work with you to determine the best plan for your goals.
How Should You Prepare for an Initial Consultation?
Before going to your initial consultation, you should ask yourself some questions regarding the recovery. You should think about:
- The type of work you do
- The length of time you can be out of work
- People who will help with your recovery
- Medical issues you have that may make the surgery riskier
You should also ask yourself whether you want the best results or an improvement. If you want to do a significant procedure, you may see better results that last longer. However, if you want less surgery and a short recovery time, you may not see drastic results.
What You Should Learn During the Consultation
In the initial consultation, you should expect to learn more about Dr. Ditesheim, his experience, and his specialties. You should also get a sense of his artistic vision and how he may be able to help you.
During this consultation, Dr. Ditesheim will also explain the possible outcomes of the operation. If you have unrealistically high expectations, you may be dissatisfied despite having excellent surgical results. We want to educate you about the procedure early on to minimize any potential frustration.
Schedule Your Initial Tummy Tuck Consultation in Charlotte
If you are ready to take the next step in your cosmetic journey, reach out to Ditesheim Cosmetic Surgery today. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation for a tummy tuck in Charlotte. In this hour-long meeting, we hope to get a better sense of your goals, answer any questions you have, and begin planning your procedure.