To ensure you have a comfortable and safe experience with your tummy tuck surgery, proper preparation is very important.
The most important thing to do is to consult frequently with your surgeon to discuss your expectations and concerns.
Before a Tummy Tuck
An actual physical examination will further cement the decision to have a tummy tuck or it will reveal other treatment options so that you can choose the optimal one to pursue.
The doctor or plastic surgery consultant will instruct you how to prepare for the surgery and you will be advised on things like when to stop eating and drinking before the operation or what sort of physical activities should you avoid.
There will be other precautions, for example avoiding taking aspirin, ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs before surgery. These medications contribute to bleeding during and after surgery.
There are also some vitamins and herbs that cause and affect bleeding, so patients should ask their doctor which nutritional supplements they should avoid.
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Female patients taking oral contraceptives should stop taking them and use another birth control method until after the surgery to avoid getting blood clots and having other complications.
Patients who smoke and/or drink should stop both before and after the surgery if the surgeon recommends it. Drinkers may experience excessive bleeding during surgery and smokers are at risk of getting a chest infection after anesthesia.
Smoking also reduces blood flow to the skin, which can raise the risk of circulation problems after surgery.
After Your Tummy Tuck
After surgery, your abdomen will probably be swollen and there may be some pain and discomfort, which can be controlled by medication.
Once you're released from the hospital, a proper recovery schedule should be followed based on advice from your surgeon. You will most likely be told to wear a compression garment to alleviate pressure and provide comfort for the operated areas.
You may also be asked to limit a number of physical activities but will also be advised to install a gentle exercise regiment to improve blood circulation, which will prevent the formation of blood clots.
The actual results of the surgery will become more obvious as tummy tuck swelling declines.
Lots of patients won't see the final results for three to six months or longer.
After the recovery period you will see though that abdominoplasty produces excellent results, enhancing your body contour by making your abdomen firmer.
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