Tips To Prepare For A Tummy Tuck Surgery
Sometimes, no amount of diet and exercise can give you the flat, contoured tummy you want. For this reason, many Houston men and women elect to get tummy tuck surgeries. But before considering a tummy tuck, there are important steps you need to take to ensure your results are long lasting, and that your healing and recovery process is safe.
Make Sure Your Weight Has Stabilized.
Many Houston men and women who decide to get tummy tuck surgery have been trying to lose weight in the abdomen for months, if not years. But, the stubborn fat just won’t come off. Weight fluctuations after a tummy tuck surgery can affect your long-term results. So it’s important that your weight has stabilized before undergoing tummy tuck surgery.
Women, Make Sure You Are Done Having Any More Children
Just like weight fluctuations can affect your long-term tummy tuck surgery results, so can a future pregnancy. Women who are choosing to undergo a tummy tuck surgery should be certain that they are not going to have any more children. And, they should have a birth control plan in place to prevent any future pregnancies.
Discuss Any Questions or Concerns at Your Pre-Operative Appointment
Before your tummy tuck surgery, you will likely have a pre-operative appointment at Dr. Fusi & Dr. Craig’s Houston offices. This is your opportunity to discuss any last minute questions or concerns you may have. If you are having anxiety about your upcoming procedure, tell your doctor. He or she may be able to prescribe you some Valium to help relax your muscles and calm you down. At your pre-operative appointment, you will blood tests performed.
If You Smoke, Quit Now!
Smoking isn’t just bad for your health; it interferes with your body’s natural healing process. If you smoke, you should quit before undergoing a tummy tuck surgery. This will ensure that your scarring will not be excessive.
Follow Your Pre-Operative Instructions
Dr. Fusi & Dr. Craig in Houston may give you a list of pre-operative instructions, to prepare for your tummy tuck surgery. These may include filling all your prescriptions before your procedure, buying bandage and compression garments in advance, so you don’t need to travel to the store while you are recovering, and washing with Dial Antibacterial or Hibiclens soap to rid your body of its naturally occurring Staph. It’s important that you follow these pre-operative instructions, so you are prepared for your tummy tuck surgery.
Make Your Post-Operative Conditions Comfortable and Easy
You’ll have a difficult time moving around after your tummy tuck surgery, so you’ll want to be sure that your home is post-operative proof. First, cleaning your house and taking out the trash are the last things you should be doing after surgery, so make sure that’s taken care of beforehand. You don’t want to have to worry about doing that while you are recovering. If you don’t have anyone who will be able to help you with cooking while you are recovering, pre-make or purchase frozen meals that you can easily heat up. If you have young children that require care, be sure you have help with them. It’s your time to taken care of for a little while, and you deserve it!
Call Us With Any Questions
If you have any questions leading up to your tummy tuck surgery, call our Houston offices at 713-322-6073. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.