Making the decision to go ahead with tummy tuck surgery is exciting, and there’s a lot of preparation involved. You have to take time off work and make arrangements for help with your recovery. Have you made sure your body is ready, too? While ticking off items on your tummy tuck prep checklist, don’t forget these helpful tummy tuck pre-op tips.
1. Quit Smoking
One of the most important tummy tuck pre op tips of all is to stop smoking. This is because smoking increases certain risk factors during and after surgery.
2. Maintain a Steady Weight
Avoid crash diets or other rapid weight loss methods before getting a tummy tuck. If you slim down to an unsustainable weight before you have body contouring surgery, you’ll likely gain weight again afterward.
3. Make Sure You’re a Good Candidate
At your tummy tuck consultation, you’ll work with your plastic surgeon to determine whether you are healthy enough to be a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery. Talk to your plastic surgeon about any medical conditions or injuries you are being treated for.
Tell your plastic surgeon about any medications you take, including vitamins and herbal supplements.
4. Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices
Eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly and get plenty of rest. In order to prepare your body for surgery and recovery, you need to be in top condition.
5. Follow Your Plastic Surgeon’s Instructions
Last but far from the least important of these tummy tuck pre op tips is to closely follow the specific instructions your plastic surgeon gives you to prepare for surgery. These instructions will be tailored to your specific circumstances and should be taken very seriously.
Dr. Frank Campanile is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is also fellowship trained in hand and microsurgery. Dr. Campanile knows that making a lasting change to your appearance is a big decision. His calm, professional approach and deep caring for his patients set a tone that will help you feel confident and relaxed while reviewing your options and learning all about the procedures that can benefit you. Request a consultation today to meet with Dr. Campanile in person.