How Do I Prepare for a Tummy Tuck?

An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is an operation that tightens excess skin and underlying tissue in the abdominal area to create a flat, firm abdomen. This excess skin is often caused by pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. When planning for your tummy tuck, there are several things you can do to prepare your body for the best outcome.

 

Tips on How to Prepare for a Tummy Tuck

Don’t Smoke

Tobacco smoke can cause many complications with healing, and it is best to avoid smoking for at least two weeks before and four weeks after the tummy tuck. If you need to stop smoking, your doctor may advise using nicotine patches and gum.

 

Eat a Healthy Diet

A balanced diet with abundant vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins, and essential fatty acids will help your body heal quickly. Mainly focus on vitamins A, C, and E for healthy scar tissue. You can also get minerals and vitamins from drinking plenty of water and eating healthy fresh fruits and vegetables.

Exercise

Since the procedure is to tighten the skin, exercise is essential to help you lose weight, and you should develop a routine to follow before and after your surgery. Routine exercise such as walking, swimming, or cycling can help prevent excess skin from redistributing in your abdomen after surgery. Your exercise routine should include abdominal and strengthening exercises to achieve a flat belly, firm muscles, and a good posture.

Drink Plenty of Water

Drinking water will help you flush out toxins and reduce the risk of infection. Losing weight can dehydrate the body, so water is essential when trying to lose weight. You should drink at least ten 8oz glasses of water a day.

 

Avoid Aspirin, Advil, and Aleve

Aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) slow down healing, so it is best to avoid taking these medications unless instructed otherwise by your doctor. If you need pain relief, you can take acetaminophen and your doctor will prescribe you stronger medication.

 

Use Buttock and Thigh Pads

Tummy tuck surgery will leave scars on your abdomen. You can minimize the appearance of scars by wearing specially designed body-shaping underwear, which is made to compress the tummy and give a smoother appearance when wearing clothes that fit closely. You can buy these undergarments at underwear specialty shops, or your doctor may recommend you wear them after surgery.

 

Practice Patience

The results of tummy tuck surgery take time to develop, so be patient with yourself as you recover. The first few weeks and months following abdominoplasty will require you to focus on the healing process and allow your body time to adapt. When the scars have healed, your body will be in the best condition possible for trying to achieve your desired weight.

 

Abdominoplasty is a standard procedure that can help you achieve a flat, firm abdomen and remove excess skin and fat. Having realistic expectations of the procedure will ensure you are satisfied with your results. By preparing yourself before surgery, you can ensure a smoother recovery. Your body will take time to heal, but with patience and time, it will be in the best shape possible to achieve your ideal weight and appearance.

 

Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Lorraine Golosow is an experienced plastic surgeon who can help you decide if you are a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery. To schedule a consultation to discuss your plans for a tummy tuck, fill out our online form or call one of our two offices located in Cape Coral and Fort Myers, FL.

 

How to Get a Slim Waist

Achieving your ideal figure isn’t easy. When it comes to having a flat stomach, diet and exercise alone don’t always produce the results you want. This is often because of factors like weight gain and pregnancy which stretch the skin and underlying muscles. In this case, surgical options are often the best way to slim your waist. If you’re looking at your best options for a new figure, here’s what to know about body contouring options with Dr. Golosow.

Liposuction

Liposuction is a minimally-invasive procedure that concentrates on the removal of small areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. It’s commonly used in the abdominal region but can also be an effective way to contour the outlying areas like the hips and thighs. During the procedure, small incisions are made in the treatment area and a cannula is interested to break up and remove the excess fat. Once removed, the fat will no longer expand with weight gain so you can enjoy a slimmer, more contoured figure afterward.

Mini Tummy Tuck

The mini tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdominal region. It’s ideal for those who have mild to moderate skin stretching and laxity from things like pregnancy, aging, or weight loss. Many patients opt for the mini tummy tuck because the scar is much smaller than that of a full tummy tuck scar. A mini tummy tuck procedure can sometimes include minor tightening of the underlying muscles. Tightening the muscles helps increase abdominal strength as well as give the stomach a flatter, smoother look. A mini tummy tuck removes less skin than a full tummy tuck, so Dr. Golosow can discuss whether the mini tummy tuck can achieve the look you’re hoping for.

Full Tummy Tuck

A full tummy tuck is one of the most aggressive options since it can remove the largest amount of skin tissue. It also involves a much larger incision, as well as moving and replacing the belly button. Like the mini tummy tuck, there can also be a tightening of the underlying abdominal muscles to restore their function and flat appearance. A full tummy tuck is ideal for people who have a significant amount of loose skin and stretching in the abdomen. This is the most transformative option and can even come with medical benefits like reduced back pain and incontinence after pregnancy.

Schedule a Consultation

There are many different options for achieving your ideal figure through plastic surgery. To meet with Dr. Golosow and learn more about your options, we invite you to contact our Fort Myers area offices by calling or filling out our online form.