Planning your surgery, you should know that there are certain steps to follow in order to prepare for the tummy tuck surgery completely. In all cases, consulting with your doctor is advisory. Normally the doctor evaluates your physical state, the extent of fat deposits in the abdominal area and your skin tone. This is usually done during the first consultation. You should frankly tell the doctor your expectations and discuss them with him or her. On the other hand, the surgeon should state whether your expectations are realistic and if they can be met by abdominoplasty.
Before tummy tuck
Discussing your hopes and stating the extents of fat deposits and skin elasticity will help the doctor to decide which of the methods is most suitable in each individual case. According to the extent of fat deposits and the state of obesity, you might need either complete tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck to be performed. In addition, liposuction may be beneficial in some cases to achieve better results.
As with all surgeries, there are certain limitations before the procedure. Smokers should be aware to stop smoking at least four weeks before surgery and to not start again at least two weeks after surgery. You should inform your doctor if you are taking any medications, vitamins or any other drugs. One should avoid overexposure to the sun, especially in the tummy area, since this could restrict your ability getting well. Following a rigid diet could also worsen your skill to heal, therefore should be avoided. The surgery will be postponed if your health worsens, for example if you get a cold or any other infection.
Usually, you will have to pay for the surgery yourself since most of health insurance policies do not cover the cost of the tummy tuck procedure. You should also ask someone in advance to take you home after surgery. There might be a week long period when you will need someone’s help at home after tummy tuck surgery, so you should arrange for someone in advance.