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Preparing for Tummy Tuck Surgery

by Dr. Daniel Lin

Preparing for Tummy Tuck Surgery | West Covina Plastic SurgeryTummy tuck cosmetic surgery procedure must be preceded by adequate preparation. A well-prepared patient will be able to go through the surgical journey more easily and with reduced risk of complications. Preparation should also include steps for a safer and faster post-operative recovery.

Dr. Daniel Lin is a board certified plastic surgeon providing tummy tuck and other innovative and advanced surgical procedures. Dr. Lin provides tummy tuck to patients in West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and other communities in the area.

 

Healthy Diet Plan

A balanced and healthy diet plan should be part of the tummy tuck cosmetic surgery preparation. Good nutrition will help to improve immunity and lower the risk of infections during and after the surgery. The diet should be rich in lean proteins, which will support faster healing after the surgery. Fish, eggs, chicken, yogurt and light cheese should be included in the diet to boost protein content.

While vitamins and minerals are essential to the candidate’s diet before tummy tuck, but the patient should take care to avoid vitamin E rich foods or supplements. Vitamin E can create complications in the surgery. Following a balanced diet will also encourage the habit of healthy eating, which can be maintained after the surgery for prolonged benefits of a flatter tummy.

 

Fitness Regimen

The patient should begin a fitness and exercise program several weeks prior to tummy tuck surgery. This will help to increase the muscle mass and improve the body’s metabolism. A high body fitness level will allow the patient to have a faster and smoother recovery. Exercises should be performed under the guidance of an expert.

A regular exercise routine prior to the surgery will help to minimize natural weight gain at a post-operative stage when the patient will have to stay away from vigorous activities. Once the patient is habitual to regular exercise, they will be able to better maintain the tummy tuck results in the long run.

Experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Lin receives patients from West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and nearby areas for tummy tuck surgery.

 

Other Aspects

As part of the preparation, the patient will be required to quit smoking for a certain period of time as decided by the surgeon prior to the tummy tuck procedure. That restriction will continue during the post-surgical recovery phase for some time. Smoking interferes with the healing process and can delay recovery and increase the risk of complications.

Aspirin and other blood thinning drugs, herbal supplements and vitamins and certain prescription drugs will have to be stopped for a few weeks prior to the tummy tuck procedure. The surgeon’s goal will be to minimize the risk of bleeding and clotting.

The patient should arrange for someone to drive them back home safely after the surgery, and should also preferably organize aftercare for a few days to have adequate rest in the early recovery phase.

Click here to learn more about all the plastic surgery procedures and treatments cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Lin performs for patients in and around Pasadena, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, West Covina, Inland Empire, and San Gabriel Valley. Call today to schedule a consultation 626.810.6165 or click here.

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