Now that you’ve made the decision to have tummy tuck surgery, it’s time to start preparing for the procedure and recovery. Good preparation for an abdominoplasty not only helps your tummy tuck surgery go smoothly, but it can also improve the results. Board-certified cosmetic surgery Dr. Kirit Bhatt can help you achieve your aesthetic goals, but it requires some work on your part as well. Together with Dr. Bhatt’s surgical expertise and your preparation, you can have a flat, smooth tummy to show off and boost your confidence.
Reaching your aesthetic goals
This year alone, cosmetic surgeons will perform more than 120,000 tummy tuck surgeries, and this number increases each year. A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a procedure that reshapes and flattens your abdominal area to give you an improved body contour and figure.
Dr. Bhatt achieves this by removing excess fat and skin from the abdominal area, as well as tightening the muscles in your tummy region to leave you with a tighter, firmer abdomen. As with any surgical procedure, preparation can influence the outcome. Our experts reveal tips on how to best prepare for your tummy tuck surgery.
Plan adequate recovery time
Carving out enough time off from daily responsibilities is crucial to your recovery. This includes making arrangements to have children picked up and dropped off to school and other activities, taking time off work, and arranging help with all other major responsibilities.
Dr. Bhatt typically recommends planning to take at least two weeks off from daily responsibilities and use that time to rest. It’s also best to plan to avoid heavy lifting or traveling for three weeks following your tummy tuck surgery. Plan to arrange help for:
- Grocery shopping
- Child care
- Dog walking
- House work
Even if you feel well enough to tend to some responsibilities, it’s vital that you focus on resting and caring for your body during the healing process.
Stop taking certain medications
Some prescription and over-the-counter medications increase the risk of bleeding. It’s important that you stop taking these medications in preparation for your tummy tuck surgery. These medications include aspirin and some anti-inflammatory medications. Dr. Bhatt will discuss this with you in detail and suggest alternative drugs if necessary.
Drink plenty of water
Patients with a habit of falling short on their daily water requirements should make it a point to drink plenty of water in the run up to tummy tuck surgery. Staying well-hydrated will help in numerous ways, including keeping your immune system functioning well, flushing out toxins and promoting a safe recovery. It’s best for most people to aim to drink at least eight ounces of water each day. You’ll need more to replace fluid lost when sweating.
Adhere to a nutritious diet
Following a healthy diet in the weeks and months before your tummy tuck helps keep your immune system strong and can help you recover better. It’s recommended that patients eat a typical nutritious diet with an emphasis on lean protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and low-fat dairy.
Maintain a healthy body weight
Maintaining your current healthy body weight will help your body heal and reduce the risk of complications. It’s best to continue your healthy habits of getting plenty of physical activity and eating a nutritious diet.
You’re on your way to a flatter, firmer midsection. To learn more about what you can do to prepare for tummy tuck surgery, call our McClean, Virginia office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bhatt.