At Bella Cosmetic Surgery, we are committed to doing everything we can to help you have a pleasant and successful tummy tuck experience. It's important to us that all of our Maryland patients walk away pleased with their time with us.
When it comes to the tummy tuck, it's important to remember that while the procedure is commonly performed and boasts an impressive safety record, it is still major surgery. The tummy tuck should be considered in such a way.
Whenever you talk about major surgery, it's vital to prepare properly and to devote all the time and resources necessary to recovery. This post will help you do both, and, thus, go a long way toward helping you have a successful plastic surgery experience.
How To Prepare For Your Tummy Tuck
The first step to success – in both cosmetic surgery and in life – is preparation. You might not think so, but there's a lot you can do when preparing for your surgery to make the process easier.
First, generally speaking, be sure to follow all of Dr. Chiaramonte's instructions. We'll walk you through what to expect and how you can prepare. Following these instructions is vital if you want to have a successful tummy tuck.
Now, here are some specific steps you can take:
- If you smoke, quit. This will greatly aid your recovery process – those who don't smoke have fewer complications and recover quicker.
- Be sure you have clearly and comprehensively discussed your medical history with our staff. If you have any allergies or any history whatsoever of medical problems, disclose them. And be sure to disclose any medications you're taking.
- You will likely need to avoid taking aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs for a time before your surgery.
- Finally, start preparing for your recovery – arrange to take time off at your job, and make sure you have help at home. And arrange for a ride home after your procedure – you won't be able to drive yourself.
Again, we'll give you more detailed instructions before your procedure. But this is good general advice for those considering a tummy tuck.
What To Expect From Your Recovery
So, you've undergone your tummy tuck. The procedure has gone well, and things are looking good. That doesn't mean your job is over.
Recovery is absolutely crucial. Trying to rush your recovery or ignoring our recovery instructions is a great way of increasing your discomfort and extending the length of time you'll be out of commission. So take your recovery seriously, and you'll be on the path to success.
Here's what you should know about the recovery process:
- Make sure you always err on the side of caution. A tummy tuck is a major procedure, and the recovery can be extensive. Give yourself plenty of time and don't push yourself.
- Every patient is unique, and the recovery timeline will vary based on your specific circumstances. Generally, however, patients are able to return to work – desk jobs, at least – about two weeks after a tummy tuck.
- Still, full recovery usually takes around six weeks. Expect to struggle with your stamina during this time, and make sure you get plenty of rest.
- Exercise is good, but don't push it. Start with some light walking, then slowly ramp up the intensity. Again, err on the side of caution, avoid heavy lifting and don't do anything that strains your abdominal muscles during these six weeks.
- Be on the lookout for chest pains, fever, rapid breathing and an increased heart rate – these could be signs of dangerous complications
- We'll work with you to arrange multiple follow-up appointments at our office to check for any complications.
Of course, you're never alone. Our doctor and staff are here to help. If you have any questions or need any help during your tummy tuck recovery, please, don't hesitate to contact us.
If you're a Maryland resident and you're considering a tummy tuck, you need an experienced plastic surgeon to perform your procedure. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Chiaramonte today at (301) 567-6767. Bella Cosmetic Surgery serves clients in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC.