Preparing for Your Abdominoplasty
abdominoplasty, also known as the “tummy tuck”, is a surgical procedure that reduces the protrusion of the belly. It also increases skin elasticity when that property is lacking.
Abdominoplasty is a relatively common procedure and is not too difficult a task for a well-trained plastic surgeon.
To determine whether or not you should get an abdominoplasty, visit a plastic surgeon. Your surgeon will take the necessary measurements and tests. The results arising from these tests will determine your qualification and fitness for the operation.
It is important that you inform your surgeon about any medications you are taking, such prescription drugs, multivitamins, or even illegal drugs. If you have had any unusual physical ailments in the past, or if your family has a history of a particular medical condition, mention that as well.
While the results of abdominoplasty are generally positive, you should be aware that there are certain risks that come with the procedure. As with all other operations, post-operative complications are a concern. Poor healing, blood clots, and infection can possibly mar the success of the operation. While relatively rare, these three complications are always a possibility.
To decrease the chances of any complications arising, you must listen closely to your surgeon’s instructions and follow them closely. This especially applies to the period immediately before surgery and the period immediately after. Be especially careful about the amount of physical work that you do in the days and weeks after the operation.
Give your body time to recover and follow all of your surgeon’s instructions. Ideally, you should also have a friend, employee, or family member assist you for the first few days after the operation, since this period should be dedicated to the recovery of your body.