tummy tuck is often a good choice for women who have weakened abdominal muscles due
to pregnancy. It’s also popular among individuals who have lost
a significant amount of weight. During a tummy tuck, Dr. R. Scott Yarish
will tighten the weakened muscles, and remove excess fat and skin to improve
the contour of the body. Preparing to have a healthy recovery involves
following certain guidelines well before you undergo plastic surgery.
Understand the Surgical Approach
Before undergoing any type of surgery, patients should fully understand
what will happen during the procedure. Dr. Yarish may perform a partial
abdominoplasty if your fat deposits are primarily located below the navel.
Or, you may have a complete abdominoplasty, which is more extensive. For
the latter option, you may need to have drainage tubes for a few days
after the procedure.
Improve Your Overall Wellness
It’s not uncommon for individuals undergoing a tummy tuck to have
followed a diet and exercise plan beforehand. However, after you’ve
scheduled the surgery, it’s best not to significantly cut calories
or try other drastic dieting strategies. Instead, choose
healthy meals with nutrients your body needs, such as lean proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Eating well may facilitate
your healing. Another way to improve your overall health is to quit smoking
if applicable. In fact, Dr. Yarish will likely instruct you to quit smoking
at least two weeks before your surgery. Continuing to smoke will increase
your risk of complications from the anesthesia and it inhibits your body’s
ability to heal.
Purchase Certain Supplies
Another way to prepare for your recovery is to fill your prescriptions
in advance. Dr. R. Scott Yarish will likely prescribe pain relievers and
antibiotics. He may also instruct you to have ice packs, petroleum jelly,
and sterile dressings on hand. It’s a good idea to assemble some
loose, comfortable clothing to wear during your recovery, and to install
a shower chair and hand-held shower head in your bathroom.
Dr. R. Scott Yarish provides artistic plastic surgery services to residents
throughout the greater Houston area. Call
Town & Country Plastic Surgery at (713) 467-0146 to schedule a consultation for a tummy tuck. We also
offer a full line of medical spa services, including injectable fillers,
acne treatments, microdermabrasions, and laser treatments to help you
achieve the look you want.