An abdominoplasty is also known as a tummy tuck. During this surgery, excess skin and fat are removed from the abdomen. The skin is then repositioned to make your belly look smooth and toned. This is major surgery, and it is essential that you know how to prepare for the surgery to make the recovery process more manageable.
Have a Strong Support System
After your surgery, you will have trouble taking care of yourself. Also, you will be in pain, which can cause mood swings, irritability, and depression. Before your surgery, you should ask friends or family members who you trust and are willing to take the time to care for you to be there. You will need plenty of care and support in the days following the surgery.
Stop Taking Anti-Inflammatory Medication and Herbal Supplements
In the days leading up to your surgery, you should avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications, and any herbal supplements that you take on a daily basis. These medications can cause excessive bleeding, which can cause problems after the surgery.
Eat a Healthy Diet That Is High In Protein
The month before your surgery, you should start eating a healthy diet that is high in protein. This will help with the healing process. It is best to continue this diet for the first few weeks after the surgery. The procedure and the pain medication can cause constipation; therefore, you should drink plenty of water, white grape juice, or prune juice. Finally, avoid crash diets and fad diets because they won’t be helpful with the healing process.
Know What To Expect
It is important that you speak with your surgeon, and you understand exactly what to expect after the surgery. We recommend Dr. William M. Jacobsen. It will take several weeks for the swelling to go down and for you to start feeling normal again. If you expect a major change in the first few days after the surgery, it can be very upsetting. If you have any questions about what to expect as far as the healing goes, don’t hesitate to contact your surgeon.
Plan Enough Downtime
After the surgery, you will need a week or two of downtime. You shouldn’t go to work or exercise for the first couple of weeks. You can handle minor household activities such as light cooking and bathing, but don’t strain yourself. If you are an active person, two weeks of downtime can be difficult to handle. Before the surgery, make sure that you have plenty of things to keep you busy. You can keep books, magazines and your laptop beside your bed. You can also take this time to binge-watch your favorite TV shows.
Shop For Easy To Prepare Food
Before your surgery, you should shop for meals that are easy to prepare. Simple meals like cereal, sandwiches, canned soup, and frozen dinners are great for breakfasts and lunches. Because a healthy diet is essential to the healing process, you can meal prep a couple of weeks of food and put them in the freezer. When it is time for a meal, you would simply defrost the meal and eat. This will allow you to eat healthy and still relax.
If you know how to prepare for a abdominoplasty procedure, it will help you heal faster and help you remain happy and content during the healing process.