How Can I Prepare Physically for a Tummy Tuck Surgery?

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Despite being a relatively routine and exceptionally popular cosmetic procedure, it is important for patients considering a tummy tuck to keep in mind that it is still an invasive and often extensive surgery that requires proper preparation and a dedicated recovery period. By knowing what to expect during and after tummy tuck surgery and planning accordingly, patients can set themselves up for the most successful procedure, comfortable recovery, and ideal outcome possible. If you are thinking about undergoing abdominoplasty surgery in Washington, D.C., use these helpful tips and important information from board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi of Mesbahi Plastic Surgery on how to best prepare for your tummy tuck.

What should I know before getting a tummy tuck?

If you are thinking about tummy tuck surgery, you’ll want to know some of the basics about the procedure — including how it works, what the recovery entails, and what results may be possible for you. Generally speaking, a tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) is primarily considered a cosmetic body contouring procedure that aims to slim, smooth, and sculpt the midsection through skin removal, skin tightening, muscle repositioning, and more. In most cases, abdominoplasty surgery is performed to help reverse the unwanted side effects of aging, pregnancy, childbirth, or weight loss, which may include:

  • Loose abdominal skin
  • Hanging skin folds
  • Protruding stomach (lower abdomen)
  • Abdominal stretch marks
  • Separated ab muscles (diastasis recti)
  • Stubborn stomach fat

When it comes to the process of getting a tummy tuck, the details will vary from patient to patient based on how much skin needs to be removed, whether a diastasis recti needs to be repaired, and other individual case factors. Typically, a tummy tuck incision is made on the lower abdomen above the pubic area, and Dr. Mesbahi excises excess skin, tightens and reinforces the abdominal fascia, removes stubborn fat via liposuction, and repositions the belly button if necessary. For most patients, it is possible to achieve a dramatically slimmer, smoother, more natural new figure that can last for years or even decades following tummy tuck surgery.

What should I do to get ready for a tummy tuck?

Preparing for tummy tuck surgery is one of the best ways to ensure the most successful procedure and optimal result possible. Below are some of the most important things you should consider when it comes to tummy tuck preparation:

  • Reach a healthy, stable weight through consistent diet and exercise, and maintain that weight for at least 6 –12 months before surgery
  • Stop smoking
  • Adopt healthy habits that are sustainable after surgery, including eating a balanced diet and working out regularly
  • Plan to take at least 2 – 3 weeks off of work for your tummy tuck recovery
  • Arrange for a loved one or trusted friend to drive you to and from your surgery
  • Line up help with children, driving, household chores, etc., for at least a few weeks after surgery
  • Set up a comfortable resting place for your recovery
  • Practice sleeping on your back with your upper and lower body slightly elevated, which will be necessary during your recovery

Do I really need to get in shape before a tummy tuck?

One of the most critical things you can do to ensure a safe and successful surgery along with long-lasting tummy tuck results is to prepare your body physically. Not only does being in good health help to reduce your perioperative and postoperative risk factors, but it can also help you to establish lifestyle habits — like a healthy diet and regular exercise routine — that are useful in prolonging your surgical outcome. During your initial consultation for tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Mesbahi will go into greater detail about the importance of being in good physical health, reaching a healthy and stable weight, and deferring your surgery until your body has recovered from childbirth — and you are certain you are done having children — prior to undergoing the procedure.

Proper preparation and healthy habits can set you up for a successful tummy tuck in McLean, VA

When you make the decision to invest in yourself with tummy tuck surgery, you’ll want to ensure your results are as beautiful and long-lasting as possible — and proper preparation is key. To learn more about setting yourself up for a successful tummy tuck surgery with appropriate physical preparation, call Mesbahi Plastic Surgery to schedule your private consultation with Washington, D.C. board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.