Following your surgeon’s instructions is key to a successful abdominoplasty.Weight gain around the midsection is a common problem experienced by both men and women. Often, this belly fat can be very stubborn, refusing to melt away with diet and exercise alone. Even if the fat is lost, the abdomen may still be protruding due to weak abdominal muscles or loss of skin elasticity. This problem is often found in aging individuals, in women who have had children, and in those who have had a dramatic weight loss. The good news is that a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can remove both excess skin and fat while also tightening the abdominal muscles to provide a smoother, flatter tummy.
If you are interested in having a tummy tuck, you might be wondering what you will need to do to ensure the best possible result from your surgery. Here is a brief overview.
Find a Skilled Cosmetic Surgeon
First and foremost, if you want a superior tummy tuck you need to find a superior cosmetic surgeon. Look for a surgeon like Dr. Mirrafati, who is not only highly skilled in the technical aspects of the surgery but also in the artistry of the procedure. Artistry is especially important if you are getting a full tummy tuck as opposed to a mini tuck, as a full tuck will require the navel to be moved and reconstructed.
Follow Pre-Op Instructions
Prior to your tummy tuck surgery, your doctor will give you a number of instructions designed to help ensure the risk of complications from the surgery remains low. For example, you may be asked to take certain vitamins, avoid certain medications, and use antibiotics or antiseptic soap. If you are a smoker, you will definitely have to stop taking in any form of nicotine to prevent the risk of restricted blood flow compromising your healing after surgery.
Follow Post-Op Instructions
After your surgery, you will be sent home with clear instructions on what to do during your recovery. You may be advised to avoid strenuous activity for anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months, but you should begin light exercise such as walking as soon as you are able to help reduce the risk of blood clots. Also be sure to follow all recommendations for caring for your incisions as they heal to prevent scarring.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
It is very important to understand that a tummy tuck is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. If you want your tummy to remain flat and trim after the surgery, you need to be careful to eat a healthy, balanced diet and get sufficient exercise. Once your body has fully healed, you will probably want to include ab exercises in your workout routine to keep your newly tightened abdominal muscles strong, as this will help maintain a flat tummy as time passes.