Summary: When it comes to plastic surgery, the more you can plan out ahead of time, the better your results will likely be. Tummy tuck is no different, so it’s not shocking that many are curious as to how best to get ready for your tummy tuck. There are some strategies you can employ to make sure you’re ready for tummy tuck recovery!
Looking for the Best Way to Get Ready for Your Tummy Tuck
If you’ve got surgery in the morning, it’s probably too late to be reading this. Luckily, most plastic surgeons do a very good job of ensuring that patients have all the required information they’ll need before the big day. That’s because knowing what you’re in for is important for any surgical procedure. It’s especially important for a procedure such as a tummy tuck.
Why should you know more about a tummy tuck? And what’s the best way to get ready for your tummy tuck? Well, the answers to those questions are important because a tummy tuck is, by its nature, a relatively painful and uncomfortable procedure.
Tummy tuck’s popularity should indicate that most patients think the results are worth any discomfort. But you should prepare yourself for that discomfort. Luckily, there are a few ways to get ready for your tummy tuck so that things go as smoothly as possible.
Maintain a Consistent Weight
The most important thing you can do in the run up to your tummy tuck is maintain a constant weight. That means no putting on a bunch of weight, obviously. But it also means no losing a bunch of weight. Here’s why.
Most people misunderstand what a tummy tuck actually does. For many, it’s a way to get rid of fat and look more trim. But a tummy tuck doesn’t target fat (that’s what liposuction does). Rather, a tummy tuck targets skin. Excess skin. That skin can develop for all kinds of reasons, including:
- Loss of weight (fat)
- Fluctuating weight
But here’s the thing. Surgeons are very careful to determine where to make incisions and how much skin to remove ahead of time. They game plan (as you would want them to). By gaining or losing a massive amount of weight, you change the game plan.
The best thing you can do is try to maintain the weight you’re at. For this reason, most surgeons will tell you not to plan on a tummy tuck until you’ve reached your desired or ideal weight.
Plan For Your Recovery
The second thing you can do to prepare yourself for your tummy tuck procedure is to plan for your recovery. I know that’s kind of vague, so let’s get into some specifics. Your initial stages of recovery will take place in the hospital or surgical area, but you’ll likely be sent home the same day (tummy tuck is usually an outpatient procedure).
Just because you get sent home doesn’t mean you’ll be ready and raring to go. In fact, you’ll spend the first couple of weeks pretty limited in what you’ll be able to do. So here are the things you’ll want to have lined up before you go under the knife:
- Transportation: Make sure you’ve got a way to get to your procedure and home (you won’t be able to drive yourself). But you will also want to make sure you have rides lined up to any following appointments or errands for the next couple of weeks. If you’re taking anything strong for the pain, you’re probably better off not driving.
- Housework: By this, I don’t necessarily mean cleaning. I just mean the day-to-day things you have to get done around the house (for example, taking out the trash). Make sure you’ve got someone around to take care of these issues, because you’re not going to be lifting anything for a couple of weeks.
- Food: You’ll want to do a couple of things. Fill your fridge with leftovers that are easy to reheat. And make sure your groceries are stocked. Otherwise, you’re going to have to enlist some help when it comes to your hunting and gathering. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing, either. It’s just something to plan ahead of time.
Listen to Your Surgeon
Recovery is one of the most important stages of any plastic surgery transformation. It’s not unfair to say that, during your recovery, your results hang in the balance. If your belly area experiences some trauma during recovery, it could jeopardize those results.
That’s why surgeons will generally give you very detailed recovery instructions to follow after your procedure. That said, there’s nothing stopping you from asking for those instructions well in advance (to the degree that they can be generalized before surgery). Find out what you need to do and make sure you’ve got everything planned out well before your surgery begins.
All you should be thinking about during your recovery is the best way to heal. The more you have planned out, the more you can succeed.