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Preparing for a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

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You will be given advice by your surgeon and the surgery concerning any preparation you might be expected to take before you go in for your abdominoplasty.

Medication - Quite often you will be asked to refrain from taking medications, including herbal medicines and vitamins.

Smoking – You are likely to be asked to stop smoking up to two weeks before surgery, it is proven that non-smokers recover from surgery a lot faster and are less likely to experience complications with their tummy tuck.  Likewise you will be asked not to start again until at least two weeks after the surgery.

Tanning – It is strongly advised that you don’t tan at all before a tummy tuck.  It can seriously lengthen the time it will take for your wound to heal.

Dieting – Any severe weight loss before the surgery might change the way your surgeon will want to perform your tummy tuck and might contribute to the final result not being up to your expectations.

Illness – If you do happen to fall ill then you ought to let your surgeon know.  Small illnesses shouldn’t be a problem but it is important that your surgeon is aware so that they can take appropriate measures.  It might be that your surgery needs to be postponed. 

More practical things to consider – you will not be able to drive after your surgery, and so it is important that you find someone to take you home.  It would be very beneficial for you to have someone at home in order to help in everyday tasks.  It will be hard for you to sit up on your own for the first few days after surgery, and having someone to help would be a big advantage. 

Before you go into surgery it would be a good idea to get shopping and food ready for the next few days, meaning that you can concentrate on your recovery. 

The preparation you take before going into surgery is very important for your recovery.  It is important that you listen to the advice of your surgeon and take all that they say into account.  If has been proven that patients who smoke or tan before surgery won’t recovery as fast as those who don’t.  The steps given to you are for your own benefit, and should be followed.

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