What to Expect From a Tummy Tuck Consultation

By: Dr. Sean Kelishadi, M.D. FACS


A tummy tuck procedure, also called abdominoplasty, is a complex cosmetic surgery to improve the tone and shape of the abdomen. There are many reasons to have this surgery, which can provide numerous benefits. If you have been considering a tummy tuck, booking a surgical consultation is the first step toward achieving your goals. There are different options for tummy tuck procedures and a multitude of plastic surgeons who offer this body contouring help. Many questions need to be considered before proceeding with this procedure, such as: How do I know which plastic surgeon is right for me? Which tummy tuck procedure will give me the flat, toned stomach I want? Am I the right candidate for a tummy tuck? During a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon, all your questions will be addressed.

Finding the right cosmetic surgeon means coming prepared for your consultation. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi is one of the leading plastic surgeons in Newport Beach, CA, and president of SSK Plastic Surgery. Dr. Kelishadi has helped both men and women with this body contouring procedure, giving them amazing results. Before undergoing a tummy tuck, there are questions you need to consider asking your plastic surgeon. Read below as we detail what you can expect from a tummy tuck consultation so you can make the most of your time with your potential surgeon.

Preparing for your consultation

Setting realistic goals. Once you have scheduled your consultation, it is essential to prepare yourself for some of the topics that will be addressed. Dig deep and spend some time thinking about what you are hoping to achieve through tummy tuck surgery. This sets the tone for reasonable and mutual expectations, so there are no surprises. A tummy tuck can do a lot, but it still must work within the framework of your body type.

Medicines and conditions. Jot down notes regarding any current or past medical conditions, drug allergies, current medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements you take regularly. Your surgical success relies on your transparency regarding the use of alcohol, tobacco, and any drugs that could potentially affect the safety of your surgery.

Medical history. Dr. Kelishadi will also inquire about any previous surgeries you have had in the past. He will want a complete medical history to determine if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck procedure.

Planning your surgery

When you have been deemed a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery, your consultation will likely move to the planning stage. Newport Beach, CA, plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi will present your surgical options and recommend a course of treatment that specifically targets your aesthetic goals. This is a great time to ask questions and ensure that your expectations are realistic. A thorough discussion regarding what to expect, potential risks, and associated complications will be detailed, so you’ll have a complete understanding of the procedure. This is your opportunity to voice your opinion and express your desires, minimizing any possible miscommunication.

Good potential questions to ask

During your consultation, you should ask Dr. Kelishadi any questions that will help to make you feel comfortable with his style, experience, and approach. It is a good idea to do your homework and spend some time thinking about what you want to know. It is essential to be open and honest so your surgery can be successful. Here are a few commonly asked questions:

  • Do you have extensive experience performing tummy tucks?

  • Where is the surgery performed?

  • Am I a good fit for a tummy tuck?

  • What type of tummy tuck is right for my goals?

  • How should I prepare for my tummy tuck procedure?

  • What can I expect from the recovery process?

  • How can I maintain my results?

These questions are just an initial starting point to get your mind thinking in the right direction. The more in-depth and related to your care your concerns are, the more information you will receive. Feel free to ask Dr. Sean Kelishadi for clarification or anything you are concerned about regarding your tummy tuck.

Your initial consultation is an ideal time to share your goals with your selected plastic surgeon and determine which tummy tuck procedure is right for you. Educating yourself about what you should expect from the procedure can make you feel at ease with your choice. Come prepared with information about yourself and ask the right questions to help you feel comfortable about your decision. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi will listen to your questions and concerns about your midsection. He will then determine which type of procedure is best-suited to meet your goals. We invite you to schedule your tummy tuck consultation today with SSK Plastic Surgery’s Dr. Sean Kelishadi in Newport Beach, CA.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.