Tummy Tuck: Prepare for Your Procedure
Preparation for surgery starts long before you come into our practice in Denver for your tummy tuck. Patients who are getting ready for this procedure will start the process weeks or even months before entering the operating room. From initial consultation all the way to recovery, this guide will help you navigate your procedure with confidence.
At Your Consultation
The process of ensuring a positive tummy tuck experience is to pick the right surgeon. Regardless of the certifications held, you want to make sure you’re choosing a surgeon who has plenty of experience with your specific procedure. Here are a few typical questions that should be asked at your initial consultation to help choose your doctor:
- What board certifications and special training do you hold?
- Do you include liposuction as part of the tummy tuck?
- How many abdominoplasties do you perform annually?
- What is your complication percentage rate?
Many patients would like to further enhance the results of their tummy tuck with lipo. Here in Denver, Dr. Campanile has introduced his own combination technique, called the C.L.A.S.S tummy tuck, which has a lower complication rate and faster recovery time than traditional abdominoplasty.
You want to feel comfortable with your surgeon as a qualified professional, and also on a personal level. If you don’t feel confident asking them questions, or feel assured of getting honest and open answers, find another surgeon.
Preparing For Surgery
Before the surgery itself, there are several things you can do to prepare for an easier procedure, and a faster recovery.
- Rearrange work, school and family commitments so your recovery period is as stress-free as possible.
- Take a proactive approach toward any obligations that can’t be rescheduled: prepay bills, water the plants ahead of schedule, return all your movies early.
- Buy groceries and prepare meals ahead of time for freezing, or set take-out menus near your recovery area so you can keep your body strong and well-nourished.
- Shower in advance with a special antimicrobial soap. Avoid applying any lotions or makeup before surgery so the incision area remains as clean as possible.
- Wear comfortable clothing, slip-on shoes and a shirt that buttons up the front to save strain on incisions.
- Inform Dr. Campanile if you’re taking any supplements, vitamins or prescription medications.
- You should also let Dr. Campanile know if you’re a smoker. Plan on quitting at least two weeks prior to surgery, and refrain from cigarette smoking throughout your recovery.
It’s completely normal to feel sore and tired following a tummy tuck. Although this exhaustion may be discouraging at first, try not to fight it and instead just rest. Your body is telling you it needs time to heal.
- Your waistline will look slimmer, although this may be disguised by bandages at first.
- You may have to wear a special compression garment to aid healing.
- Certain movements may be painful, like lifting your arms overhead or standing completely upright.
- Your normal daily activities can usually be resumed within several days.
- After Dr. Campanile has given the okay, you may resume more active movement and exercise.
You may feel tempted to get on your feet quickly. However, it’s very important to just take it easy and give your body lots of down time during the recovery period.
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