Warwickshire plastic surgeon

Top three tips on how best to prepare for a tummy tuck

The tummy tuck is a much requested cosmetic procedure by both men and women keen to improve the appearance of their abdomen. Although there may be some variations to the procedure in terms of the extent of the area being operated on, generally I make an incision at the base of the abdomen and from there I am able to address muscle and skin laxity and remove any excess fat to produce the desired result.

I am often asked by my Leamington tummy tuck patients on how they can best prepare for this procedure and the following are the key points that I feel are helpful for any patient contemplating a cosmetic surgery procedure.

Get down to a comfortable weight before your tummy tuck

An abdominoplasty is not a weight-loss procedure. Although in some cases I can remove a significant amount of fat with the tissue removed and I may combine a tummy tuck with liposuction to produce as smooth and taut appearance to the abdomen as possible, I can not remove excessive amounts of fatty tissue. If you are very overweight there are more suitable procedures available.

I also think the key word here is ‘comfortable’; a tummy tuck represents a significant investment of money on behalf of the patient and not only do you want to achieve the best results possible, you also want to protect that investment by being able to maintain a healthy stable weight in the future.

Get as fit as possible before your tummy tuck

This is sensible advice before you embark on any cosmetic surgery procedure. The body views surgery as a very stressful event, but the fitter you are, the better your body is able to cope with this stress. In light of the tummy tuck procedure in particular, building up your abdominal muscles can speed up your recovery process.

No smoking before your tummy tuck op

I always advise my Leamington cosmetic surgery patients to stop smoking before surgery; ideally, at least eight weeks before the operation. The chemicals in cigarettes narrow the blood vessels which compromises blood supply and the operated area needs a good blood supply to aid healing. The tummy tuck procedure, in particular, may involve a lengthy incision.

Studies have proven that smokers are at much higher risk of complications post-surgery than non-smokers so when I say give up smoking I mean not even one!