How to Prepare for Your Tummy Tuck Recovery

A woman pleased with her tummy tuck results.

While very rewarding, a tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) is a major plastic surgery procedure. It can help Fort Worth, TX, men and women slim the belly area, sculpt their waistlines, and create beautiful results. However, as the procedure involves deep muscles and tissues, it often requires a substantial recovery period.

With that recovery time in mind, many of my patients want to know if there’s anything they can do to prepare for surgery and make the process as smooth and comfortable as possible. 

Good news: When it comes to healing, you’re in control of how you help nourish and support your body. Here are a few easy ways to prepare for your tummy tuck before heading into surgery.

Create a support system.

Going through surgery can be a taxing process—both physically and mentally. You may experience ups and downs on your journey as you go through recovery and wait to see your results. Tell your friends and family that you will be having a tummy tuck and may need help around the house. Reach out to your support system and create plans for household tasks, childcare, or even a simple check-in chat.

Communicate with your surgeon.

The best way to have a satisfying treatment process is to be open and honest with your surgeon. Before surgery, clearly communicate your goals and concerns so your surgeon can customize the procedure to meet your specific needs. After surgery, your doctor will give you post-op instructions about how to shower, sleep comfortably, relieve discomfort, and more. It may take a few weeks before you feel fully “normal” again, but follow your doctor’s guidelines and stay committed to the healing process. 

Eat a healthy, protein-rich diet.

A few weeks before surgery, start adding plenty of protein into your daily diet. Your needs will depend on your size and gender, but around 65 to 100 grams per day is a good starting point. Protein provides the building blocks for our muscles, bones, and immune system. You want your body to be as healthy and strong as possible when going into surgery.

Arrange for transportation.

You won’t be able to drive yourself after surgery, so arrange for someone to give you a ride home. If possible, ask if your driver can also help around the house in the coming weeks. Arrange for carpools for kids, grocery trips to re-stock your kitchen, or trips back to the office for follow-up appointments.

Give yourself plenty of time to rest.

This last one may seem simple, but it can be easy to forget: Let yourself rest and relax. Your body does the majority of it’s healing while you sleep. Try to get at least 8 hours per night both before and after surgery. During the day, take it easy with your favorite TV show or a good book.

It often helps to keep your end results in mind as you go through the healing process. Browse my before-and-after gallery to see the type of results my patients enjoy. 

By knowing how to support your body before surgery, you set yourself on the path for a smooth and successful recovery experience. If you’re interested in a tummy tuck or other plastic surgery procedures, request a consultation at my Fort Worth, TX, area practice. You can also contact my helpful office staff by phone at (817) 442-1236.