Although many patients may turn to plastic surgery seeking a quick and simple fix for some aesthetic concern, in reality things are never that simple. The truth is that opting for a cosmetic surgery procedure like a tummy tuck is a major decision that takes considerable preparation before surgery can take place. To help prospective tummy tuck patients understand everything they need to know to achieve and maintain the best-possible results from their procedure, I am happy to provide this handy guide.

plan for a tummy tuckAdjust Your Lifestyle

It’s important to know that a tummy tuck is a body contouring procedure, and not weight loss surgery. That’s why I advise patients to reach their goal body weight before their surgery. This means eating right and exercising regularly in the weeks and months leading up to your tummy tuck. Smokers should begin the process of quitting at least a month before surgery, as nicotine can negatively affect the body’s ability to heal during surgery and recovery. Temporary avoidance of over-the-counter medications like aspirin or ibuprofen that may increase bleeding is also required. It’s important to speak with your plastic surgeon during your consultation about these lifestyle changes.

Start Researching Potential Plastic Surgeons

Finding the right plastic surgeon to perform your tummy tuck begins with researching potentially viable candidates. Begin by looking online to get an idea of how plastic surgeons are seen by their previous patients. It can also be helpful to speak with friends or family members to see if there is a specific plastic surgeon that they would recommend. Once you have a shortlist of serious candidates, dig into their credentials and begin taking consultation opponents.

Prepare For Your Recovery

This can mean requesting the necessary time away from work, making arrangements for child and animal care (if needed), and ensuring that you have the care you need in the days immediately following your procedure. I also recommend stocking up on essential supplies including ice packs, compression garments, and loose comfortable clothing.

I understand that preparing for plastic surgery can seem like a lot to do, but these steps are important for achieving the final results and long-term satisfaction that you deserve. For more information on tummy tuck surgery or if you would like to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation today, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional plastic surgery tips, news, and more.