Also commonly referred to as a “tummy tuck,” undergoing this type of procedure is a truly personal and private decision, the results of which can change patients’ lives forever.
While the surgeon does most of the work, the abdominoplasty procedure begins with patient education.
Good Abdominoplasty Results Begin with Great Education
Surgical centers that specialize in performing plastic surgery typically employ at least one plastic surgeon who has earned certification from The American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Why does this matter?
Because it means that in addition to aligning the surgeon’s practice with the Board’s mission, the surgeon must meet minimum education requirements.
If a surgeon wishes to earn a certification and become a Diplomate, as the Board calls them, he or she must:
· Graduate from an accredited medical school
· Completed five years of general surgery training at an accredited surgical residential program
· Completed minimum two years of plastic surgery specific training
· Passed a written and oral exam given by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
According to the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the surgeon must complete the additional surgical residential training and plastic surgery training at any accredited program by the Accreditation Council for Medical Education, or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
This means that by the time the plastic surgeon earns a Board certification, he or she has completed no fewer than 11 years of higher education, and quite possibly more. Currently, 8301 surgeons hold American Board of Plastic Surgery certifications.
Maintaining Ethical Standards
The Board’s Code requires that the surgeon be responsible for his or her actions, words and, above all else, offer “full respect of human dignity.”
The Code maintains that Board certified surgeons should make their patients aware of all technological advances, provide competent and sound medical services, and provide them with compassion, in addition to respecting their patients’ privacy.
Board standards are so important that if the surgeon has violated any them, the Board disciplines the surgeon or the practice as a whole, depending on the situation.
Shattering the Plastic Surgeon Stereotype
Contrary to popular belief – the image of the greedy surgeon in pristine scrubs doling out nips and tucks to anyone who walks in the door – the truth is quite the opposite.
Plastic surgeons will not perform surgery on just anyone simply because the would-be patient walks in the door flashing cash or an insurance card.
It is because of the Board’s standards that the stereotypical image of the plastic surgeon is just that – an image, and not the truth.
In the real world, a plastic surgeon is just as likely to turn down a potential patient, as he or she is to operate. Some reasons a surgeon might turn down a patient include:
· Potential future pregnancy – this can cause muscles to separate
· Potential future weight loss - tummy tucks are not weight loss substitutes
· Smoking – if you cannot quit for two weeks before and after
· Underlying psychological illness
· Physical illness such as diabetes or other illness that slows healing
· History of keloid scars (raised lumps or a buildup of scar tissue that forms hard bumps)
While these are the most common reasons a plastic surgeon won’t perform a tummy tuck, there are others.
With Chicago being notorious for its overweight residents, the desire for narrower waistlines is a common reason listed for having the abdominoplasty procedure done.
But the only way to know if you’re a good candidate for an abdominoplasty in Chicago or any other city is by talking with a local plastic surgeon, because they can sit down with you and go over the procedure in detail.
Honesty and Integrity
In 2012, 14.6 million people nationwide underwent some type of plastic surgery. That sounds like a huge number, doesn’t it?
While it might appear that the numbers do not help the stereotypical view of the plastic surgeon, these numbers, increased by five percent from the year before are expected to increase another 5 percent in the next year.
They tell an entirely different story – a story in which honesty, integrity, and patients win whether it was an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), liposuction or any other procedure performed.
Have you every had any plastic surgeries? Do you know anyone who got an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) done and what the outcome was?
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