Get the Most From Your Tummy Tuck: 3 Steps to Take Before Your Procedure

The fact that you’re here, visiting our website, suggests that you’ve made up your mind and decided to get a tummy tuck. Congratulations! Deciding to do it is the first of many important decisions you’ll make in this process. At the Florida Center for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, we enthusiastically support our patients in pursuing the procedure of their choice. We simply ask that they take the time to prepare themselves for the surgery and the following recovery.

The tummy tuck is a surgical procedure during which a plastic surgeon removes excess tissue from the abdomen and tightens the underlying muscles to create a smooth, firm appearance. It isn’t a weight loss procedure but instead a solution for people who have done everything right and still can’t seem to achieve the slim, trim bellies they work so hard to get. While this procedure is available to anyone, it’s very popular with women who have gained and lost a lot of weight often as a result of lifestyle changes or pregnancy.

One of the most critical decisions you’ll make on your plastic surgery journey is who you will hire to perform it. Choosing the right doctor is essential to getting the long-term results you want and having a pleasant experience. We know our patients love to be prepared, so we’ve listed three things you should do to prepare yourself before you undergo a tummy tuck.

1. Stabilize Your Body Weight

As we mentioned, this procedure is not a weight loss measure. We urge our patients to reach a healthy body weight and maintain healthy habits. Establishing a healthy lifestyle through diet, exercise, sleep, and minimizing unhealthy behaviors can help you maintain long-term results. While a tummy tuck may slenderize your waistline, it won’t prevent future fat gain. Only you can do that.

2. Create a Surgical Success Plan

You must prepare to recover well to get the best results from your procedure. Make a plan for who will drive you to and from your surgery, who will help you with family responsibilities while you recover, and how you will take time away from work. We all have different levels of responsibility, but it’s important to do your best to carve out enough time to rest and recover to get the best results possible. Your success plan should also account for strict adherence to your surgeon’s recovery instructions.

3. Anticipate Your Future Needs

You know yourself better than anyone else and can anticipate to some degree what kind of support you’ll need in your recovery. Don’t wait until you return home to hunt for the products and support you need. Set your expectations realistically and prepare, prepare, prepare! Your doctor can recommend tips for your recovery and helpful resources for things like reducing scarring and promoting healing.

Our team has a wealth of knowledge and experience to help make your recovery process smooth and successful. When you book a procedure with us, you’ll get all the necessary information, but feel free to ask questions. We want you to have a successful recovery and beautiful results just as much as you do.

Most importantly, we want you to remember that this process is about feeling good in your body and creating a look on the outside that reflects who you are on the inside. In this world of hustling and bustling, we don’t always take the time to care for ourselves. Let’s choose this opportunity to make a better choice! The effort you put into preparation before your surgery and self-care in the days and weeks after your surgery will pay off big time so you can get the beautiful results you want. If you’re ready to get started, reach out to us today to schedule a consultation.