Six Tips When Preparing for a Tummy Tuck
So, you’ve scheduled your Tummy Tuck procedure! Here are my Six Top Tummy Tuck Tips to get you prepared!
- Get Support
A surgical procedure creates new emotional and physical needs afterwards. Feeling “less than your best” for a few weeks makes some patients feel depressed. Line up your family and friends to visit with you once you’ve had a few days to recuperate at home. Ask them to help you with practical things like meal prep, shopping, housework, a ride to your postop appointments, taking the kids out for an afternoon, and other important tasks, so you can rest. Gather your favorite books and movies near your bed and sofa so you can enjoy your recovery. You’ll be glad you prepared in advance!
- Fill Your Prescriptions
Dr. Wolf will give you prescriptions for pain pills at your pre-op appointment. Fill them immediately so you will have them handy after you get home. Follow the instructions and take only the amount you are prescribed.
- Eat Right
The weeks before your tummy tuck are not the time for crash diets nor the time to eat lots of junk in anticipation of a “weight loss” result from your surgery. Keeping your weight stable prior to your procedure is important!
- Commit to the Healing Process
You’re going to have several weeks of “down time” following your tummy tuck. Don’t rush the healing process by planning to return to work and social activities too soon. Your body (and your Dayton cosmetic surgeon Dr. Wolf) will let you know when it’s the right time!
- Terminate Tobacco Use
If you’re consuming tobacco in any form, quit at least two weeks prior to your procedure.
- Stop Aspirin and Blood Thinning Herbs
Aspirin, Motrin and other blood-thinning over-the-counter medications can thin the blood, increasing the risk of bleeding during your tummy tuck. Stop taking these at least two weeks prior to your procedure. If you aren’t sure about any vitamins, herbs, prescription or over-the-counter medications, ask Dr. Wolf about them in advance of your surgery.