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Preparing for Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery

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The success in any plastic surgery procedure such as tummy tuck will be ensured only when everything goes right with the procedure, starting from the preliminary consultation and preparation stage. A stunning cosmetic surgeon will understand the important of pre-op preparation and how it plays a role in helping to achieve the patient’s final aesthetic goals. See tummy tuck before and after photos.

Dr. Eugene Kim is an experienced plastic surgeon providing abdominoplasty and other surgical procedures to his patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and surrounding communities. Dr. Kim pays special attention to the initial consultation process and preparation before going ahead with the actual surgical procedure.

Pre-op Consultation Process

Preparing for Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) SurgeryThe initial consultation prior to the tummy tuck surgery should be a two-way process. The cosmetic surgeon will discuss all aspects related to the surgery during this phase. The surgeon’s first goal is to ensure that the patient makes an informed choice about the procedure. The patient will usually have access to tummy tuck before and after photos during the consultation, so that they have a fairly clear idea of what the procedure can or cannot do for them. The surgeon will also discuss the estimated recovery period and the potential risks and complications that are integral to any major surgical procedure.

The patient should also feel free to discuss all their innate aesthetic desires, aspirations and expectations during the initial consultation. This will help the surgeon customize the treatment plan to meet the patient’s aesthetic goals as closely as possible. The patient should also be forthcoming about any past or existing medical conditions, drug allergies and current medications and herbal supplements. Clear and forthright information about tobacco, alcohol, and drug use is also crucial. History of previous surgeries should also be shared with the plastic surgeon.

The surgeon will also take some photographs prior to surgery so that the patient can compare the results properly once the surgery is over. The patient should preferably prepare a checklist of questions, doubts and concerns that arise in their mind. Such proactive pre-op engagement will prove to be a significant help in ensuring the success of the procedure. Patients who are more forthcoming and clear-minded during the pre-op preparation and consultation will usually achieve higher satisfaction levels from the results in the end.


The surgeon will require the patient to stop smoking several weeks prior to the tummy tuck procedure. If the patient is taking certain medications, their schedule may have to be adjusted in consultation with the physician who prescribed them.

Certain lab tests or a general medical evaluation may be necessary to determine if the patient is a fit candidate for the procedure. The use of aspirin, herbal supplements and anti-inflammatory drugs will have to be stopped for a few days to mitigate the risk of bleeding during the surgery.

The surgeon will also provide a list of post-op care instructions beforehand so that the patient can make advance preparations for the recovery period. Dr. Kim follows a detailed preparation process to ensure best results for his patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and other areas.

Click here see more plastic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Eugene Kim on patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Santa Monica and surrounding areas or call 310-271-6996 to schedule a consultation.

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