When diets, exercise, creams, and non-invasive cosmetic procedures have failed to produce the smooth, taut abdomen that you desire, a tummy tuck may be worth considering. For many people, a tummy tuck is the only way to achieve a certain appearance. This is particularly true if you have had children or have lost a substantial amount of weight quickly. If you have made the decision to have a tummy tuck, it is important that you understand what to expect of your surgery.
- Preparing for a Tummy Tuck
During your tummy tuck consultation, your cosmetic surgeon will explain what you should do to prepare for your surgery. Some of these recommendations may include:
- Quit smoking to reduce the risk of post-operative complications
- Adhering to a healthy diet and fitness routine to strengthen the body
- Assessing any prescription medications you are taking and possibly stopping them for a period of time with the permission of your physician
Following these recommendations in the weeks prior to your surgery date will help your tummy tuck procedure and recovery go as smoothly as possible. On the day of your surgery, you should prepare ice packs, loose and comfortable clothing, and anything else your surgeon has recommended.
- Undergoing a Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck is a major surgery that can take anywhere from one to five hours, depending on your situation. You will be under general anesthesia for the majority of this time. Your surgeon will complete the procedure, place drainage tubes, and close the incision. It is vital that you follow all post-op instructions for recovery and keep any follow-up appointments with your surgeon.
If you are interested in learning more about the tummy tuck procedure or would like to schedule a consultation for surgery, contact us at Premier Plastic Surgery. We offer a variety of cosmetic surgery procedures, including tummy tucks, breast reduction, liposuction, and more. Call (832) 431-5296 for more information.