Preparing for Tummy Tuck
As a top Albany tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgeon, Dr. Bruce Barach has helped hundreds of men and women get the flat and toned tummy they have always desired but could never quite achieve with diet and exercise alone. He encourages all prospective tummy tuck patients to prepare for surgery and recovery well in advance.
Here, Dr. Barach shares his top tips on preparing for tummy tuck.
Find the Right Tummy Tuck Surgeon
The first thing you should do when considering tummy tuck is to research plastic surgeons. Choosing the surgeon you wish to work with is not a decision to take lightly and should be well researched and thought out. Search for surgeons who are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and who have a proven track record of thousands of successful tummy tuck surgeries. View before-and-after photos and read what past patients have to say about the surgeon.
Eat Healthily and Exercise
Ideal candidates for tummy tuck (and plastic surgery in general) are individuals who are in good general health and have a stable weight. These patients have the best chances of healing quickly after tummy tuck and enjoying beautiful and attractive results. As soon as you start to consider tummy tuck, prepare your body by eating a well-balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and exercising regularly.
Speaking of good health, if you smoke, you will need to quit months before your surgery. Smoking impedes the body’s healing and increases the risk of serious complications during and after tummy tuck.
Make Arrangements for Aftercare
Your focus during your recovery is to get plenty of rest so your body can heal safely and properly. It’s a good idea to ask a loved one to stay with you the first few days of recovery to help with child and pet care, errands and housework. Doing so will only help you recuperate sooner!
Prep Your Recovery Space
Since your energy levels will be low and your mobility will be limited immediately after tummy tuck, it’s wise to prepare for your recovery before the surgery itself. Stock up on foods that are easy to prepare, plenty of water and supplies you know you will need, including cold compresses, hair ties and clean towels. Prepare your bed or couch with clean bed linens and fluffy pillows. Your surgeon can provide you with more ideas on necessary items you should have for your recovery.
If you would like to learn more about tummy tuck, including details of the procedure, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Barach. Contact our Albany practice to speak to a member of our team today.