In spite of the cute name, tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is a serious medical procedure and you need to take steps prior to surgery to maximize your safety and health during the procedure.* Here are a few things to consider when preparing for your tummy tuck:
Before any new surgery, we need to talk about what medications and supplements you’re currently taking. Some of them will need to be avoided for a period of time following surgery, and others will need to be discontinued prior to surgery.* Even seemingly innocuous pills and supplements could have an impact; Vitamin E, for example, can interfere with blood clotting.*
Particularly in the case of a tummy tuck, my Denver patients should maintain a healthful diet in the weeks leading up to surgery. You want to be sure you’ve reached (and can maintain) a stable weight, or you risk undoing the benefits of the procedure.* It certainly can’t hurt to get in the habit of eating more fruits and veggies, both for your long-term health and your recovery.*
If you’ve been meaning to quit smoking, pre-op is the perfect time to move forward with that plan. Smoking interferes with the way the blood transports oxygen, and lots of oxygen is vital for the healing process. It’s a good idea to quit smoking at least one week before any surgery. It’s also advisable not to drink alcohol before surgery. Studies show that drinkers suffer far more pre- and post-operative complications than non-drinkers.
Finally, trust that you’re in the hands of very skilled professionals. It’s natural to have nerves or anxiety beforehand, but don’t let them overtake your vision of a flatter and more toned abdomen. My staff and I are dedicated to helping you enhance your look and enjoy the results you deserve.*
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.