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Don't Plan to Fail

Benjamin Franklin once said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." This old axiom means that taking a little time and planning ahead can prevent spending a lot of time later fixing what went wrong. While we think this saying is generally good advice, we believe it is especially good advice when considering cosmetic procedures. One procedure in particular that you need to plan for is the abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck procedure. Taking the time before your surgery to understand what your recovery will be like will help give you more realistic expectations and maximize your results.

Plan Now for Success Later

So, you want to have a tummy tuck. That means you need to start planning six months in advance. Wait? What? Why six months? Six months will allow you the time to get things together adequately before your procedure.

One of the things you need to do is achieve (or maintain) your ideal weight. Remember, the tummy tuck procedure is not a weight-loss surgery; it is used to remove unwanted fat and loose skin left over after losing a significant amount of weight. This amount of time also allows you to get a plan together for aftercare. You won't be able to drive yourself, lift anything or even sit up comfortably for a few weeks. So, you need to take off work, line up help getting to appointments and dealing with child care, and plan for everyday errands.

Work Out. We suggest that you begin working out regularly - at least three times a week - and start eating a healthy diet. Also, be sure to get enough water every day. These steps will help make your recovery faster (and better).

Stop Smoking. Also, we recommend that if you're a smoker, you should quit. Ideally, you quit for good, but you will have to stop smoking for at least two weeks before and after the procedure to reduce the risk of infection or delayed healing.

Quit Stressing. Are you stressed out about your surgery? Stop. Why? Stress wreaks havoc on your body in general, but after your tummy tuck procedure, stress can slow down healing and leave you at risk of infection.

Line Up Help. At least three months before your tummy tuck surgery, you should start lining up child care, transportation and other help. We also suggest meal prepping easy things for the freezer and investigating grocery delivery options.

Stock Up. About one month for your tummy tuck surgery, you should stock up on things like:

  • Extra pillows
  • Gauze pads
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Loose underwear
  • Ice packs
  • Compression clothing

You should also fill any prescriptions given to you by Dr. Alqulali before your surgery, too.

Day of Surgery. The day you've been waiting for and planning for is here! We suggest that you dress comfortably and follow all pre-surgery procedures given to you by Dr. Alqulali.

Do you have more questions or need more information about what to expect during the tummy tuck procedure? Give us a call at 888-716-0559 today to schedule your consultation.

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