How to Prepare for a Tummy Tuck in South Jersey
According to Summit Health, almost 140,000 tummy tuck procedures are performed each year across the United States — making them the sixth most popular cosmetic surgery in the country.
If you’re one of the thousands of Americans considering a tummy tuck procedure, you must prepare correctly in order to get the best results and stay healthy during recovery.
Follow this guide from Board-Certified plastic surgeon William Franckle, MD, FACS to learn what to do before and after your tummy tuck in South Jersey.
Before Your Tummy Tuck
Ensuring your body is ready for surgery will help lessen the likelihood of complications and allow you to recover at a faster rate.
Before your tummy tuck procedure, you should:
– Stop smoking at least six weeks in advance
– Be as close to your ideal weight as possible
– Begin low-weight strength training and stretching to prepare your body for recovery
– Alert your doctor of any illnesses, including colds
– Eat a healthy, high-protein diet and stay well-hydrated
– Avoid alcohol, herbal medications, aspirin, and anti-inflammatories, and discuss all other medications with your doctor
Preparing for Recovery After Your Tummy Tuck
According to Healthline, it could take up to six weeks for a full recovery after a tummy tuck procedure.
To prepare for a smooth, comfortable recovery, you should:
– Have someone drive you home after your procedure and help you for 2-4 days following your surgery
– Cook meals in advance
– Fill your pain medication prescription before your procedure (if possible)
– Set up your rest area, including necessities within reach
– Keep your dressing in place over the incision and wear your compression garment to reduce swelling and support your stomach
Contact William Franckle, MD, FACS for Tummy Tucks in South Jersey
Twice named one of the top doctors in South Jersey by South Jersey Magazine, William Franckle, MD, FACS is dedicated to his patients during every step of the cosmetic surgery process.