C.L.A.S.S.® Tummy Tuck: Prepare for Your Procedure
At our practice in Denver, liposuction and tummy tucks are combined in the C.L.A.S.S.® tummy tuck, a technique pioneered by Dr. Frank Campanile. One of the premiere plastic surgeons in the Denver area, Dr. Campanile has worked out a preferred method for performing both procedures at once, resulting in a less invasive surgery, faster healing time and superior results.
This guide will walk you through the expectations for the C.L.A.S.S.® tummy tuck, from first meeting with Dr. Campanile all the way through to the recovery room.
At Your Consultation
The C.L.A.S.S. tummy tuck is proprietary to Campanile Plastic Surgery in Denver, so while the job of choosing your surgeon is already resolved, there are still a few questions you should be prepared to ask Dr. Campanile:
- Can you explain what makes the C.L.A.S.S.® tummy tuck unique?
- Am I a candidate for a C.L.A.S.S.® tummy tuck instead of a traditional abdominoplasty?
- How many C.L.A.S.S.® tummy tucks do you perform annually, compared to traditional tummy tucks?
- Is the complication rate lower for a C.L.A.S.S.® tummy tuck?
You should feel confident in Dr. Campanile’s professional qualifications, as well as comfortable enough with him on a personal level to ask the hard questions.
Preparing For Surgery
Much like traditional abdominoplasty, the C.L.A.S.S.® tummy tuck is a complex surgical procedure that will require a commitment to the healing process. In order to facilitate recovery, it’s a good idea to do some prep work of your own before your surgery date.
- Shift any work and family obligations to fall either before your surgery or after recovery, in order to focus as much on healing as possible.
- Plan ahead for meals, either by arranging for someone to help you or by making and freezing dishes in advance.
- Arrange for help with your family if needed, such as accepting offers for child care or running errands.
- The day before your surgery, you should shower and wash the incision area with antimicrobial soap. Don’t apply any makeup or lotion after your shower; this will help keep your skin as clean as possible before surgery.
- Wear loose clothing that’s comfortable to get on and off. A button-up shirt is a good idea, and will prevent having to lift your arms too high after your surgery.
- Let Dr. Campanile know about any vitamins, supplements or prescriptions you are currently taking.
- Quit smoking at least two weeks before surgery, and don’t resume the habit until at least two weeks following surgery.
The C.L.A.S.S.® tummy tuck is a more extensive surgical procedure. Be prepared to feel tired and sore once you come into the recovery room, and for the next few days. This is just the body’s way of letting you know it needs rest in order to heal.
- Your final results are typically visible after a few weeks.*
- You probably won’t need the surgical drains that are typical of standard abdominoplasty.
- Some motions will be painful at first, although this will pass quickly.
Dr. Campanile will let you know when you can resume your regular exercise schedule and other activities. Normally, your regular daily routine can be resumed in about a week.
If you have any questions about preparing for your C.L.A.S.S.® tummy tuck, please do not hesitate to contact us online or call us at 303-345-7476.
303-345-7476, conveniently located in Denver, Colorado.