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What should I look for in a plastic surgeon if I want a tummy tuck?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Tummy tuck procedures, or abdominoplasties, should be performed only by board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons. The doctor should be a diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. May also be a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. The doctor should have many years of experience and training, having finished his or her general surgery residency, and fellowship in plastic and reconstructive Surgery.

It is important to find a board certified plastic surgeon who has done many of the operation that you desire to have performed. Look at the doctor's before and after photographs. He, or she, should have hundreds, if not thousands, of before and after pictures of the procedure that you desire to have achieved. The doctor should be experienced and have judgment that years and years of private practice will yield. You may also desire to actually see patients who have had the operation and speak to them, either by person or on telephone once approved by the patient.

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