Q) I’m 31 years old with three kids and I live in the Virginia Beach area. I’m interested in getting a tummy tuck because I have bad stretch marks and loose belly skin. I’m worried about finding a great doctor and the cost. Do you recommend any great doctors in my area who offer the tummy tuck procedure?
A) I recommend that you find a qualified board certified plastic surgeon on the ASPS website (American Board of Plastic Surgeons) or on the ASAPS Web site (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery). Each physician needs to have at least six years of experience and training, with three of those years specific to plastic surgery, to be an ASPS member. They also have to be certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and follow a strict code of ethics. They are required to take continuing education courses that include techniques on patient safety and they work with you, as your partner, to achieve your desired goals.