How to Prepare for Tummy Tuck Surgery

Preparation is essential before any cosmetic surgery procedure. Although some cosmetic procedures are more minor in nature, it is still surgery. That means opting for cosmetic surgery is not a decision that can be made lightly. Even procedures as commonplace as tummy tuck surgery require considerable knowledge and preparation in order to have the best-possible plastic surgery experience. To aid prospective patients, I have provided the following steps to help prepare for tummy tuck surgery.

How to Prepare for Tummy Tuck SurgeryUnderstand Exactly What Tummy Tuck Surgery Does

A tummy tuck has remained incredibly popular with both male and female patients for a while now due to its ability to reshape and flatten the abdominal area. During the procedure, I am able to remove loose skin and fat from the abdomen. Additionally, a tummy tuck can help patients who experience diastasis rectus, a condition that occurs when there is a separation of the recti muscles found at the outermost abdominal wall.

Confirm That You Are a Good Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery

Good tummy tuck candidates should lack abdominal tone due to stretched, excess skin in the area. It’s common for tummy tuck candidates to have a protruding belly and stretched, damaged abdominal muscles. Additionally, tummy tuck patients must be in good physical and mental health. Since a tummy tuck is not weight loss surgery, patients should reach a healthy, stable body weight before their surgery. They should also not smoke or use other forms of nicotine, since nicotine can cause issues during the procedure and recovery period.

Find the Right Plastic Surgeon to Perform Your Tummy Tuck

Finding the right plastic surgeon to perform the surgery is possibly the most important step during tummy tuck preparation. Any plastic surgeon you consider should be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Considerable experience performing tummy tucks is another important thing to look for. When meeting with potential plastic surgeons, I recommend asking to see before and after pictures from past tummy tuck patients they have worked with to get an idea of the aesthetic results they are capable of providing.

Physically Prepare In the Lead-Up to Your Procedure

In addition to avoiding nicotine, there are other things that I recommend for prospective tummy tuck patients to help them physically prepare for their procedure. This can include speaking with your plastic surgeon about adjusting current prescription medications (if necessary) and temporarily avoiding certain over-the-counter meds and supplements that can increase bleeding like aspirin, ibuprofen, and vitamin E. These are things we will discuss more in-depth during the initial consultation appointment.

Following these simple steps can make a world of difference for prospective tummy tuck patients. Preparation and knowledge are critical for any plastic surgery patient, regardless of the nature of their specific procedure. For more information on tummy tuck surgery or if you would like to schedule a plastic surgery consultation, please contact me, Dr. Allyson Maske today. You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter for additional plastic surgery tips, news, recommendations, and more.