How To Prepare For Your Tummy Tuck Procedure
There are many steps individuals can take to ensure they have a safe surgery and a healthy recovery. Dr. Odinet will provide you with ample information before your surgery so that you can begin preparing your body and your home for a successful tummy tuck. Some of the concerns you can expect to discuss with the surgeon include:
Smoking — Patients must stop smoking for at least six weeks before and after their tummy tuck. Nicotine can negatively impact healing incisions, and the size of the incision used during this surgery makes quitting tobacco use even more imperative.
Medications — It is important that the surgeon understand all prescription drugs and supplements you are taking since many substances can thin the blood, leading to excessive bleeding which can be life-threatening during any surgery. Alert Dr. Odinet if you currently or have recently used any non-steroidal anti-inflammatories or Vitamin E the week before surgery.
Support at Home — Naturally, you will have limited mobility immediately after you return home from surgery. It is also essential that you be able to rest so that your body can heal. During this time, you will also want to avoid making any movements which can unnecessarily stress your incisions and harm your results. Having a friend or loved one at home to help you with meal preparation and any child or pet care can be crucial to your recovery.
Prepare Your Home — Before surgery, you will need to have the prescription medications which Dr. Odinet has prescribed for you on-hand as well as pre-prepared meals and entertainment items available to you, such as movies, books and your favorite music at home. You will also want to have your cell phone and charger nearby with your surgeon’s number and the number of loved ones and a close-by hospital, just in case. By preparing your home in advance, you can enjoy a much more comfortable and safe recovery.
While you are primarily responsible for your recovery at home, Dr. Odinet will always remain available to you for general questions and advice during this time. You are always welcome to call his office no matter how small the concern may seem. It is more important to address any issues you may have quickly than allow them to progress into more significant problems; however, in general, issues after surgery are rare.
What Will Happen During Your Tummy Tuck Surgery
A tummy tuck can take between two and three hours to perform. Typically, the procedure is performed under general anesthesia and may be completed as an outpatient procedure in Dr. Odinet’s AAAASF surgical facility or on an inpatient basis at Park Place Surgical Hospital, depending on the extent of the surgery. During your procedure, Dr. Odinet will ensure that the lower incision is low enough to be concealed by undergarments and that the upper incision is placed in the folds of the navel to lessen visible scarring as much as possible. Dr. Odinet will then go on to tighten the abdominal muscles if needed and also remove any excess fat if that was agreed upon during your consultation. If the navel must be repositioned to ensure a natural result, this will be done at this point during the surgery. Liposuction on the flanks can also be performed to enhance your results. The surgeon will excise loose skin before suturing the incisions to ensure a taut midsection is produced after surgery. Finally, dressings will be applied over the sutures, and you will be fitted with a compression garment to protect your incisions, increase your comfort (by reducing swelling) and promote healing.
Recovering From Your Tummy Tuck
Swelling and tenderness in the surgical area are natural after any surgery and will be a factor during your tummy tuck recovery; however, these side effects can be managed through pain medication and by continuing to wear your compression garment as recommended. Dr. Odinet will also give you instructions on how to care for your incisions to encourage healing, minimize any unwanted complications and reduce overall scarring. You will need at minimum two weeks at home for your recovery before you can return to work if you have a sedentary job, but you will need to continue to avoid more vigorous activities, such as exercise and contact sports, for up to six weeks. The time invested in your recovery will be well worth it once you begin to see the results of your surgery.
The Results of a Tummy Tuck Procedure
Swelling, which is a natural result of surgery, may mask your results during the first few weeks of recovery. However, as swelling subsides, you will begin to notice the flattering and more toned abdominal region that is the result of a tummy tuck surgery. Formerly visible stretch marks may be reduced or gone entirely, leaving you with a midsection that looks much more youthful, fit and attractive.
Your incisions will continue to heal in the months after your surgery, and scarring will fade as well. To ensure that your incisions heal well, it is critical that you avoid direct sunlight as much as possible since harmful UV rays can discolor delicate scar tissue. If you take proper care of your incisions throughout recovery, your healthy scar tissue will continue to become less noticeable over time.
A tummy tuck offers patients long-lasting results if a healthy lifestyle is maintained after surgery. You will reap many benefits from the surgery besides a much more flattering figure and profile, however. Most patients experience an energy boost and a new-found confidence that directly translates into better and more satisfying relationships and more joyful experiences free from the worry and self-consciousness that they may have experienced before surgery. A tummy tuck can be a truly transformative procedure.
A Tummy Tuck Performed by Dr. Odinet Can Complete Your Ideal Look
Every patient has unique anatomy and concerns so creating an individualized course of treatment is of primary concern for Dr. Odinet. The surgeon firmly believes that every patient can achieve their ideal look through a combination of a healthy lifestyle and well-chosen cosmetic procedures, and finding the right balance can bring greater self-confidence, fulfillment and happiness. Dr. Odinet’s mission is to ensure that the surgical or non-invasive cosmetic options you choose are appropriate, will achieve your goals and, most importantly, are performed safely. Above all, Dr. Odinet and his staff wish to see you in the best of health!
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Odinet today to learn more about the benefits of a tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck. You can call his offices at (337) 234-8648 to secure your consultation date.