A tummy tuck can remove excess skin and create a toned, contoured midsection. But it’s also an intensive procedure with substantial recovery time. Because of this, many patients want to know how they can best prepare before surgery.
To achieve the best possible tummy tuck results, Sacramento patients can do many helpful things to prepare themselves before surgery. Here are a few of the most important ways to ready yourself for the procedure.
Have a support system
No one should have to go through surgery alone. Be sure to let friends and family know that you’re undergoing a tummy tuck procedure. Most patients go home the same day after surgery, so ask a trusted friend or family member to drive you home. You can also organize childcare or meals beforehand if you want less on your plate in the days following surgery.
It’s important to have a support system at the beginning of your recovery. Make arrangements beforehand so you can focus on healing when it matters the most.
Make healthy decisions
Most people already know the value of healthy eating and staying hydrated. But these lifestyle changes are even more essential when your body needs fuel for healing. Drink plenty of water and eat nutritious, low sodium foods. This will help prevent swelling and reduce inflammation.
If possible, reduce your alcohol intake and quit smoking before surgery to help keep complications at bay and allow your body to recover properly.
Organize your household
Your home will be the staging ground for your tummy tuck recovery. Clean the areas you will be staying in and make sure surfaces are well sanitized. Put your entertainment items, such as books or tablets, in a single, easy-to-reach place. This will make your recovery more comfortable as you won’t have to get up and down while hunting for those “need to have” items.
Let yourself rest
This tip is last, but certainly not least. Be sure to clear your schedule so that you have plenty of time to relax after the procedure. Sleep is an essential part of recovery and should not be taken lightly. Your body will be able to heal if you focus on resting and taking care of yourself.
Grab some pillows, stay in a semi-reclined position, and read a good book or watch a great movie. You will feel much more comfortable by having a peaceful environment to relax in.
By making smart decisions during the recovery process, you will be able to enjoy your beautiful results as soon as possible. Browse our tummy tuck before-and-after pictures to see examples of real patient results. If you would like to learn more about your tummy tuck options in the Sacramento area, request a consultation[/consultation online or call the practice at (916) 929-1833 (Sacramento) or (916) 773-5559 (Granite Bay).