How to Prepare for Your Tummy Tuck Procedure

If you’re thinking about visiting a tummy tuck doctor, it’s important to know what you can do to best prepare for the procedure. There are a few steps that you should take before your visit in order to ensure the safety and success of your surgery. Below are some things you can do to prepare to discuss with your tummy tuck doctor, Dr. Mark Crispin.

Ask Questions Beforehand

First, it is essential to understand exactly what will be happening during the procedure. Have an open dialogue with your doctor and ask them any questions you may have about the surgery. This is a good opportunity to get to know your doctor better as well as to learn more about the process itself. You can also bring up any concerns or worries that you might have, such as questions about recovery time, follow-up procedures, and post-op care.

Plan for Time Off

You’ll likely need to take some time off work after the surgery. It’s best to plan and prepare for this ahead of time so that you have enough days off to heal properly. Individual experiences vary, but most patients are able to go back to work one to two weeks after the procedure. Additionally, if you have a demanding job or one that requires physical labor, it’s important to talk to your supervisor and explain the situation prior to taking time off.

Eat Healthily Before the Surgery

By eating healthy before the surgery, you can help to speed up the recovery process. Eating nutritious food with vitamins, minerals, and enough protein will help give you the strength and energy needed to heal quickly. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, most surgeons suggest patients be between 10 and 15 pounds from their goal weight before receiving a tummy tuck procedure. Avoid processed and sugary foods that can cause inflammation, which could interfere with your recovery. For more advice, consider asking your tummy tuck doctor about any dietary restrictions or changes you’ll need to follow.

Plan for Your Long-Term Lifestyle

With the growing popularity of tummy tucks also comes an increase in the need for proper recovery and post-operative care. In addition, it’s important to understand you’ll need to make lifestyle changes to maintain your tummy tuck. Be ready to start implementing nutritional changes and exercise into your daily routine.

These are just a few of the steps that you should take to prepare for your tummy tuck procedure. With the right preparation, you can make your surgery a safe and successful experience. If you need help, contact Mark Crispin, MD – Crispin Plastic Surgery by calling (404) 257-0064 or complete our online form!