A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty can truly be a transforming cosmetic surgery procedure – patients typically turn to surgery when they have tried and failed to improve the appearance of the abdomen through diet and exercise alone. Whether due to weight fluctuations, pregnancy or the ageing process, patients will typically complain of loss of muscle tone, sagging skin and stubborn pockets of fat.
During an abdominoplasty, your plastic surgeon will tighten and reposition the muscles that stretch the length of the abdominal wall, remove excess skin and fat and move the belly button into a more aesthetically pleasing position if required. Results can be dramatic which is why it’s not surprising that a new study into tummy tuck reviews has found that satisfaction with the aesthetic outcome is the main factor in leaving a positive or negative online review.
Published in the March issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the study analysed ratings on the review sites Google, Yelp and RealSelf.
Tummy tuck results are a critical factor
Led by plastic surgeon Dr Joh Kim of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, researchers looked at nearly 800 online reviews of an abdominoplasty procedure. Themes were identified that contributed to patient satisfaction, including aesthetic outcome which was the ‘dominant driver’ of positive reviews. In fact, no patient that reported that they were happy with the results left a negative review.
However, tummy tuck results were not the only factor that was identified.
Patient care is also essential
Other important factors that emerged from the reviews were the interactions patients had with clinic staff and the post-operative aftercare their plastic surgeon provided. Interestingly, surgical complications were of less importance and patients that experienced cosmetic problems or complications yet received satisfactory follow-up care still left positive reviews in general.
The good news was that across the three sites, 86% of reviews were overwhelmingly positive, while only 14% were negative. If you’d like to find out what tummy tuck results you could expect, call 01926 436341 to arrange a consultation with Mr Alan Park at his Warwickshire cosmetic surgery clinic.