How to Prepare for Your Tummy Tuck Procedure

If you’re interested in undergoing a tummy tuck, you’re likely already aware that it will take time to fully heal. In the meantime, you’ll need to take it easy and take care of yourself. To best prepare for a tummy tuck, try to make your recovery space as inviting and accessible as possible, and then make sure you’ve discussed the post-surgical routine thoroughly with your surgeon. 

At DiGeronimo MD Advanced Plastic Surgery in Miami, Florida, Dr. Ernest M. DiGeronimo and his team will ensure you’re well-educated about the goals and process for a tummy tuck, and will guide you through aftercare and recovery. 

What happens during a tummy tuck 

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery designed to flatten and tone the stomach. We achieve a flatter, tighter midsection by removing excess fat, skin, and tissue from the torso before tightening the muscles underneath. 

There are two types of tummy tuck: partial and complete. A complete abdominoplasty involves several steps:

During a partial abdominoplasty, or mini tummy tuck, a smaller, more discreet incision is made close to the pubic region, and the lower abdomen is smoothed out and stitched together.  

Plenty of people pursue abdominoplasty at some point in their lives, especially after weight loss or pregnancy. Even with diet and exercise, it can be difficult to get rid of stubborn fat and loose skin without surgical intervention. 

Preparing for surgery 

Before preparing for any major surgery, you need to iron out the details with your surgeon and make sure that you’re medically and emotionally cleared for the procedure. This means going over your reasons for wanting the surgery, making sure that you’re aware of the risk, and having realistic expectations. 

You will need clearance from your doctor to undergo an abdominoplasty, including bloodwork and a letter stating that you’re healthy enough for the procedure. If you are over the age of 40 or have a history of heart problems, you might also require an electrocardiogram. If you smoke, you will need to quit until you’ve fully healed. 

Do not eat or drink anything the night before surgery. You will need to shower that morning, both so you are clean for the operation and because you will not be able to bathe for a few days. Brush your teeth and rinse with mouthwash, and make sure to remove any jewelry, piercings, and makeup. 

If you wear dentures, be sure to let Dr. DiGeronimo and his team know when you arrive. If you plan on staying overnight or in a recovery center, make sure to pack a bag with all the necessary toiletries and clothes. Otherwise, make sure someone trustworthy is available to drive you home. 

Preparing for recovery

Following your tummy tuck, you will need to take some time off and follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully. Otherwise, you risk complications and increase the likelihood of scarring. 

Make sure that your living space is well-equipped for your recovery. You should have a place to sleep on a ground floor close to a restroom. Consider asking a family member or friend to help you cook meals and manage the household. 

You will need to lay propped up for a few days, so make sure your bed is equipped with enough pillows to go behind your head and under your knees. Do not try to move, bathe, stretch, lay flat, or sit up until you’ve been instructed it’s safe to do so. 

An abdominal binder will be necessary following surgery to provide support until the muscle wall and stitches have healed. Be prepared to wear this for at least three to six weeks, if not longer. 

Dr. DiGeronimo will be available for questions and concerns following your surgery. However, if you begin noticing signs of infection or fever, seek medical help right away. 

To learn more about the tummy tuck process and what to expect, schedule a consultation by calling 305-376-0378, or request an appointment online.

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