Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as tummy tuck surgery, can sculpt, slim, and tone an aging abdomen, bringing back youthfulness or a pre-baby body. While this surgery can provide stunning results, abdominoplasty is no walk in the park, and proper preparation both before and after can make all the difference between a challenging and comfortable tummy tuck journey. This procedure removes excess skin and fat while tightening the underlying abdominal muscles. Abdominoplasty affects your entire core, and for anyone who has ever overworked their “core,” they know that it affects the comfort of your whole body.
How to Prepare for Surgery
Preparation is the best way to ensure a comfortable recovery. Between setting up a designated recovery space (one made up of a lot of pillows that is easy to prepare, eating healthy foods, and having close access to anything you may need) will aid with your comfort. Another recommendation is to fill your prescriptions before the day of surgery. You will experience pain and discomfort with tummy tuck surgery, and you will want pain medication.
During your consultation, Dr. Mesbahi will give you instructions and pre-surgery requirements. These requirements will include when to stop smoking, when to stop taking other medications, and how to prepare yourself mentally for the procedure to come. It goes without saying that you should follow his suggestions and requirements both before and after your surgery.
What to Expect After Your Abdominoplasty
You Will Need to Rest
You’ve already set up your recovery space, and now is the time to use it. Resting is the fastest way to heal your body. And honestly, how many times do you have an actual excuse to relax on the couch? Take naps, read the novel you’ve been putting off, binge the television show everyone’s been talking about. The most important thing is to not push yourself before you’re ready.
You May Have Drains
After your procedure, you may have drains put in to assist in your recovery. Drains are used to prevent the buildup of excess fluids. If this is the case, Dr. Mesbahi will provide you with instructions on how to properly care for these drains (including when to empty and clean them), and when to expect their removal. These drains are usually removed within a few days.
You Should Work Back Into Your Routine Slowly
You will start to feel like your usual self again within a few days. As soon as you feel able, it’s wise to get on your feet to engage in short, stress-free strolls around your house or neighborhood (as long as you live on a flat street). These walks will promote circulation and blood flow and will also contribute to the speed of your recovery. You will want to avoid any strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for at least six weeks.
Maintaining Your Results
Your tummy tuck procedure will no doubt provide you with stunning, transformative results. Once you heal, you may wonder what it will take to maintain those results. The truth is, keeping your new svelte figure is easier than you may think. It only requires dedication. Your results will be long-lasting as long as they are accompanied by a healthy diet and regular exercise.
If you are interested in abdominoplasty, contact Dr. Mesbahi today by calling 703-287-8277.