Prepping for Your Tummy Tuck

shutterstock_65952952As with any other invasive surgery, a tummy tuck requires extensive preparation. This does not only apply to being emotionally prepared for the procedure, as there are also certain instructions that need to be followed days to weeks before a tummy tuck. Here are some pre-surgery guidelines that Dr. Ip may provide you:

Maintain a well-balanced diet.

Maintaining a well-balanced diet is essential in preparing for any kind of surgery. Equipping your body with proper nutrients will not only help strengthen the immune system to ward off any risk for infection, but will also help you as you recover. Taking multivitamins can help you achieve this goal, although it is important to let your doctor become aware of this first.

Stay close to your ideal weight.

Good candidates for a tummy tuck are those who are close to their ideal weight before the procedure. Obese patients may not get good results from an abdominoplasty, especially since they are at higher risk for acquiring complications from the procedure. A well-balanced diet and proper exercise are keys to achieving a healthy weight.

Avoid smoking. Better yet, quit the habit.

Smoking and surgery have never been a good combination. Smoking increases one’s risk for acquiring complications after surgery. Furthermore, it decreases the amount of oxygen that the blood transports to skin cells. This means that smoking may interfere with your body’s ability to heal, which is essential during recovery. It is advisable to stop smoking at least two weeks before the day of your tummy tuck.

Tummy Tuck in Newport Beach, CA

If you are interested in getting a tummy tuck from the best surgeon in town, call us today at (949) 548-0300 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ip. We look forward to hearing from you! 

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