Preparing for surgery is often just as important as recovering from one. Upon consultation, Dr. Allegra will provide pre-operative instructions that may span from the night of surgery to several weeks before. While individualized, there are some basic instructions most patients should follow. Here are some tips on how to prepare for abdominoplasty.
Coordinate child care, a caregiver, time off work, and anything else you may need to get to and from surgery. Also, we recommend cleaning your house and doing basic chores right before surgery so that you will not need to do them until you are able to do so. This will keep you more comfortable and ensure that you do not do too much too fast.
Not all patients will require medical clearances before surgery. However, for those that do, tummy tuck surgery cannot proceed until those clearances are obtained. This ensures your safety and fitness for undergoing the procedure.
If you smoke, you will need to stop for several weeks before surgery. Smoking places patients at a much higher risk of complications during and after surgery, especially with a tummy tuck. Patients who smoke are more likely to get all major complications and see worsened scarring. It is also recommended that patients do not drink for at least a few days before surgery.