Preparing for a tummy tuck—or any surgery, for that matter—can be a stressful experience.
But by following the preoperative guidelines of New York plastic surgeon Dr. George Lefkovits and taking a few simple steps on your own, the day of your abdominoplasty can be an easy foundation for your rejuvenated appearance.
If you are a smoker, the most important thing you can do prior to a surgical procedure is to quit smoking at least two weeks prior to surgery. Smoking can increase your risk for complications, slow the healing process and contribute to unsatisfactory results.
Proper nutrition also plays a significant role in both maintaining good general health and recovering from surgery. Many people supplement their diets with multivitamins, however overdoing some vitamins can inhibit healing; it’s important to discuss any dietary supplements or medications you’re taking with Dr. Lefkovits prior to scheduling your tummy tuck.
Although abdominoplasties are frequently performed on an outpatient basis, you will need a ride home following surgery, and your mobility may be limited in the initial weeks following a tummy tuck.
It’s a good idea to have help available to you at home, as well as to make sure you have a phone, and recommended over-the-counter pain medication accessible to you.
Dr. Lefkovits will thoroughly discuss your preoperative guidelines and recovery recommendations with you prior to your tummy tuck procedure. With a little preparation, you can help ensure a stress-free, comfortable and effective tummy tuck recovery.
If you live in the New York City area and would like to learn more about your tummy tuck options, please contact Park Plaza Plastic Surgery or call us at 212-750-9494 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Lefkovits.