Preparing For Your Tummy Tuck By Joseph M. Brown, MD, FACS on May 16, 2023

Whenever you’re headed into a procedure, it’s always best practice to ensure that you’re as prepared and informed as possible. This is because, due to the delicate nature of most operations, you’ll want to circumvent possible complications. Below we cover tips for preparing for your tummy tuck.

Preparing For Your Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck is no different, and luckily, there are several steps you can take to make sure that your procedure moves forward as safely and securely as can be.

If you’re considering receiving a professional tummy tuck near you in Tampa or already have one scheduled, then the following information should be of some interest.

Receive A Medical Evaluation

One of the first steps you’ll take in preparing for your tummy tuck operation will be to schedule a pre-surgical consultation with your physician.

During this consultation, your doctor will give you a medical evaluation to determine whether or not you’re fit to undergo surgery.

This is because the surgical process can be very taxing and stressful on the body, meaning that you’ll have †o be in generally good health to be able to qualify for the surgery.

Your medical evaluation may include multiple tests and procedures, as well as examinations of your surgical history and other elements of your medical past.

In addition, you’ll be able to field any questions or concerns you may have regarding the operation toward your medical professional.

Educate Yourself on Some of The Risks

This step is so that you go into your procedure as an informed individual, fully aware of the risks and possible complications that come associated with a tummy tuck.

Although generally considered a safe procedure in the medical community, it does come with its own set of risks. These include:

  • Bleeding
  • Prolonged Swelling
  • Fluid Accumulation
  • Numbness
  • Skin Loss
  • Skin discoloration
By educating yourself on some of the risks associated with a tummy tuck, you empower yourself to take the necessary precautions in order to minimize those risks.

Depending on your own personal medical history, your physician may have other advice regarding some of the personal risks you might undertake as part of surgery.

Maintain a Fit and Healthy Lifestyle

Keeping yourself in top health and fitness will give your body the strength it needs to endure some of the stresses of surgery.

On top of this, trying to move towards what you consider to be your target weight also comes recommended as you prepare for your procedure.

This overall makes your doctor’s job that much easier and prepares you to minimize the level of complications or mishaps that are possible in surgeries like these.

Modify Your Intake of Medications

Another possible step you’ll take towards preparing for your surgery is to adjust your intake of any medications you might take to fit your physician’s advice regarding your procedure.

In addition, your doctor may advise you to take a whole new set of medications in order to prepare for your surgery. Much of this will see impact by your own medical history.

Certain medications that impact blood pressure and blood flow will almost certainly be examined, as these can have a big impact on how the surgery can be performed.

Cease Smoking

One thing you’ll certainly be advised to do is to quit smoking for a few weeks or even months prior to your procedure.

This is because smoking and nicotine impact almost all of the body’s physiological systems. They can alter certain processes in negative ways that will interfere with a surgeon’s ability to perform the surgery safely and effectively.

On top of this, smoking can interfere heavily with your post-surgical healing process. As your body recuperates and heals from the stress of surgery, you’ll want to allow it every possible advantage. Because of this, it’s wisest to avoid smoking for the entire period of your recovery process.

Avoid Certain Supplements and Over-the-Counter Medications

In line with some of the other information stated here, you may also receive advice to avoid taking certain over-the-counter medications or herbal supplements.

This includes things like aspirin and other drugs that may thin the blood or have an impact on similar biological functions.

Certain herbal supplements can also have an impact on the flow of blood and other systems that can affect how your surgery occurs.

Giving the Highest Quality Service Available

Synergy MD and its award-winning team of doctors routinely serve the greater area with the best surgeries available delivered at reasonable rates. Do you find yourself interested in scheduling a consultation to discuss whether or not a tummy tuck would work for you. Then take a visit to our website for more information about our Tampa cosmetic surgery center.

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Dr. Joseph Brown

Plastic Surgery

A board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Joseph M. Brown strives to provide patients with transformative, yet natural results in a safe and comfortable environment. When you choose him as your provider, he will develop a patient-doctor relationship based on honesty, trust, and a clear understanding of a common goal. He is affiliated with organizations such as the:

  • American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
  • Florida Medical Association
  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Surgeons

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