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Successful Tummy Tuck Tips by Dr. Cara DowneyA significant event in a woman’s prime years of her life is having her child. But with this great joy comes the aftermath of having spent nine months carrying the baby—skin discoloration, excess skin, and sketch marks. Thankfully, there are surgical body contouring procedures a woman can seek that can reverse the effects of pregnancy like an abdominoplasty, popularly known as the tummy tuck.

While this procedure has improved the bodies of countless patients across the country, it is not a substitute for weight loss. A tummy tuck is a procedure that is ideal for patients who are close to their ideal weight and body mass.

Ideal candidates for tummy tuck surgery are those who have a sagging abdominal wall, outstretched abdominal muscles, and lessened skin elasticity in the stomach area. If you have one of the following concerns, you might as well consider tummy tuck surgery.

Here are some before and after tips to have a successful tummy tuck procedure.

Before the Surgery

  1. Think first before undergoing tummy tuck surgery
    A patient considers several factors in undergoing tummy tuck surgery. A person determined to do so because the appearance of their abdomen bothers them should think through their decision. If you have the same worries as the ones mentioned above, you may proceed with the surgery.
  2. Unload all the toxins in the body
    Start cleansing your body from different toxins by eating healthy regularly and on time. But you should avoid drastic changes in diet to minimize complications and constipation during recovery. You may also have to abstain from smoking for at least two to four weeks before and after the surgery for optimum health.
  3. Maintain a personal support system
    Most tummy tuck patients are prone to alternating episodes of doubt and excitement just by thinking of its result. A better way to help moderate a patient’s emotions is by having their support system! Have someone with you before and after the surgery. These people can also assist you in doing simple tasks such as getting out of bed, removing and putting on clothes, and showering. Remember that great results take time, patience, and trust.
  4. Make sure to get lab tests and a medical evaluation
    A tummy tuck candidate has to check if they are physically fitted to continue with the surgery. After taking a lab test and medical evaluation, your surgeon may prescribe you with certain medications or advise you to adjust your current ones. Also, you need to avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they are agents of increased bleeding.
  5. Yield at least a day or two for rest and preparation
    Although the whole surgery will only take two to four hours, depending on the patient’s needs, the surgical technique, and the surgeon’s skills, you must give time for rest before the procedure and be comfortable. This time is when you will need your support system the most to keep you calm from the preoperational anxiety.

After the Surgery

  1. Take at least two weeks off work
    You most probably will feel sore after the whole procedure, so you have to allocate time to rest. Two weeks is just enough for you to feel less sore and tired when you return to work. Not doing so may cause excessive tension on the wound and impede its healing. You must also move your body from time to time to reduce the risk of a blood clot.
  2. Utilize this time to have a balanced diet
    You may have a small appetite the week after the surgery as this is the time for you to heal. After two weeks, together with returning to regular work, your food consumption must be a balance of fruits, vegetables, and lean protein like beans, tofu, nuts, and ground beef. Focus mainly on quality nutrition to maintain the results from tummy tuck surgery.
  3. Condition your body to its new shape
    A common misconception among tummy tuck patients is that when their body is fully healed after the whole procedure, they can already go back to their routine. While this is partially true, it is vital that you gradually do so. Start by doing short walks to avoid sore muscles. A month after the surgery, you can start moderately exercising, which includes light cardio. After six weeks, you can return in doing all your regular exercise activities. But as every patient heals differently, you must consult with your surgeon to ensure you return to physical activity at the right time.
  4. Keep on following your surgeon’s advice
    You may have partially healed from your tummy tuck surgery, but to fully attain the beautiful and well-proportioned body you want, you must continue to follow your surgeon’s advice. Doing their advice decreases the risk of complications you may experience after the surgery.

A Common Goal after Giving Birth

Wanting to have a well-proportioned body even after giving birth is a common goal among women. Although it requires going through great lengths, weight loss becomes worth it because of its benefits. Procedures like a tummy tuck can make this practice more life-changing. It can give women the confidence they need. They can wear the clothes they want without being too conscious of how they will look.

But before going through procedures like a tummy tuck, one must consult a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in the field. It is essential to know what it requires and what to expect. Their proper guidance will help you translate all your hard work and expectations on having a healthy and well-proportioned body.


About The Author

Dr. Downey

Cara Downey, MD

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Cara Downey provides cosmetic surgery procedures to Houston and the surrounding areas.

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