Tummy Tuck Tips

young beautiful woman in underwear sitting on the floorA tummy tuck can change your life. It can give you a whole new sense of confidence and can make you feel amazing! If you are about to schedule your tummy tuck, there are some things you can do to ensure its success.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

The medical term for a tummy tuck is “abdominoplasty.” In the procedure, excess fat and skin are removed and the muscles in the abdomen are restored. It can help to get rid of fat that just won’t go away, even after years of diet and exercise. It is not the right procedure if you have a lot of fat to get rid of, and you should wait to have abdominoplasty until you are done having children.

In the weeks leading up to your procedure, you should eat right and continue to exercise, because you need to be in the best of health for your surgery. Eating a healthy diet (with low fat and high protein foods) and getting regular exercise will help you to recover more quickly from your procedure.

You should also stop smoking, which can slow down the healing process, increase the risk of complications, and weaken your immune system. You should stop taking anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen and aspirin) a couple of weeks before the surgery, as well as any herbal supplements (discuss any medications you take with your doctor to see if you should stop taking them).

Before your procedure, you should arrange for help and support for your recovery period. Have someone to drive you home after the surgery (you might even want to ask them to stay for a couple of days to take care of you). And, make sure the pantry is stocked up with healthy, easy-to-prepare foods and that your favorite spot on the couch is ready for you to relax and recover.

Of course, Dr. David Altamira will give you specific instructions to follow leading up to your tummy tuck! If you have any questions about an upcoming procedure or if you are considering a tummy tuck, contact the office of Dr. Altamira. Call the Sugar Land or Houston office at (713) 271-9000 today!

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