In the days and weeks before tummy tuck surgery, you might feel anxious and excited just thinking about how your body will look with a slimmer, tighter midsection. However, it’s important that you take steps to prep both your body and home before surgery to achieve the best possible results from your procedure.
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Here are ways to prepare for your tummy tuck procedure so you can benefit from a slimmer, flatter abdominal region.
Smoking narrows your blood vessels and constricts blood flow and circulation, which can interfere with the healing process and increase your risk for complications. Stop smoking as far in advance as possible before your procedure, and ask your doctor about smoking cessation programs and treatments that can help you quit for good.
Lose excess weight
Try to lose as much excess weight as possible before tummy tuck surgery so your plastic surgeon can remove all excess skin that might be sagging or hanging from your tummy. Losing excess weight after tummy tuck surgery can compromise the results of your procedure, and produce extra pockets of excess skin that need to be treated a second time.
Arrange for childcare and pet care
For the first few days after surgery, you probably won’t be feeling up to taking care of children and pets on your own. Ask your family or friends to help you with childcare and pet care during the week of surgery so you can recover and relax without having to move around too much.
Do meal planning in advance
The last thing you’ll want to do immediately after tummy tuck surgery is cook meals for yourself or your family. Cook and freeze casseroles and meals far in advance so you don’t have to spend excess time standing in the kitchen, and go grocery shopping before surgery to stock your home with fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods. Meal planning can also help you avoid resorting to pizza delivery, fast food, and other unhealthy food choices that can compromise your procedure and results.
Set up your recovery station
Figure out whether you want to spend time recovering in bed or on the couch, and set up your recovery station accordingly. For example, make sure television remotes have batteries and are easily within reach, and make sure you have access to books, magazines, mobile devices, and other things you need to entertain yourself.
Plump your pillows
Gather a small collection of pillows and make sure they’re easily accessible during recovery. Pillows can be placed at your sides and over your midsection to cushion the area with your incision, and to help you feel more comfortable while you’re relaxing. Plump your pillows and keep them nearby so you can grab them when you need them.
Ask your plastic surgeon about other things you can do to prepare your body and home for tummy tuck surgery. Staying prepared can help you experience a safe and comfortable recovery with a lower risk for complications.
Schedule a consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery to learn more about tummy tuck surgery and other body contouring procedures that can help improve and accentuate your natural curves and silhouette! Our team of plastic surgeons is dedicated to helping you achieve your ideal look through one or more cosmetic procedures.