How to Prepare for Tummy Tuck
Now that you’ve decided you want a tummy tuck procedure, it’s time to start preparing. There are many steps you’ll need to follow to maximize your results and make your recovery period more comfortable. In this post, Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Ashkan Ghavami discusses how you should be planning for your tummy tuck surgery.
Prepare Your Body
You should be at a stable weight before you have your abdominoplasty procedure. Major weight fluctuations after your procedure can compromise your results, so wait until you’re near your target weight to get your tummy tuck done.
Find a balanced diet and exercise regimen that works for you. If you are a smoker, you should be aware that this may negatively impact your candidacy for a tummy tuck procedure as well.
Choose a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
You can begin by researching plastic surgeons online or asking friends for recommendations. It’s also a good idea to spend some time looking at before-and-after photos to see the kind of results you can expect from your procedure.
Schedule an in-person consultation with one or more cosmetic surgeons that seem like a good fit. Make sure they understand exactly what your expectations are.
When you’ve found the right surgeon, schedule your tummy tuck surgery. Be prepared to schedule your procedure three months or more in advance, depending on your surgeon’s availability.
Plan for the Procedure and Recovery
Once you’ve marked the date off your calendar, you can start planning the logistics of your procedure and recovery, which may include the following:
- Making arrangements to stay at an aftercare facility. The first day of recovery is the most important and staying at an aftercare facility to be monitored by trained professionals in a comfortable and safe setting positions you to heal properly and makes your recovery smoother. Please note that aftercare costs are not included in the cost estimate provided by your surgeon.
- Requesting time off work for your surgery and recovery. Ask your plastic surgeon how long you should take off of work.
- Asking friends or family to help with childcare or watching your pets while you recover.
- Getting a ride to and from your procedure.
- Having someone around to assist you during your recovery.
You should also stock up on ice packs, pillows, groceries, and anything else you’ll need as you recover from your tummy tuck surgery. Your plastic surgeon will give you detailed instructions on how to prepare for surgery and manage your recovery period.