I'm in good physical shape. Age: 47 2 large pregnancies..no C-sections...14 & 10 yrs. ago.
Is There Anything Specific That I Should Do Before a Full TT?
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Preparing for full Tummy Tuck
Tummy tuck is a great procedure if you have excess skin/fat on your belly and have stretched out muscle. With two large pregnancies that you had, you probably have stretched muscle (diastasis recti). Prior to your full tummy tuck, you want to make sure that you are 1) healthy, 2) not smoking, and 3) at a stable weight. You want to have a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon to make sure that you are a good candidate for the procedure. She/he also will have specific guideline for pre-operative preparation as well as post-operative care/recommendation.
Tummy tuck preparation
You will receive a list of things to do (and not to do) in preparation for your tummy tuck surgery, from your surgeon.
I do however have a word of advice for you that you may not receive from your surgeon.
Patients who are about to undergo tummy tuck surgery spend a lot of time thinking about the physical preparation for the procedure (for example weight loss issues) but do not spend a lot of time thinking about the emotional aspects.
It is not uncommon for patients who undergo the procedure to experience severe “mood swings”. These emotions may range from depression ( “why did I do this to myself”) to elation (which may lead to over activity). I think it is helpful to be aware that these emotional swings do occur postoperatively.
Suggestions I have for patients undergoing this procedure: 1. Make sure you have a strong support system in place who have time/patience to take care of you. 2. Be patient with the healing process, understanding that it will take several weeks to months to feel “normal” again. 3. Be prepared to distract your mind with things of interest such as books, magazines, and movies. 4. Expect less of yourself; do not go back to work too early and let others take care of you (for a change). 5. Keep in close communication with your surgeon and do not hesitate to communicate questions/concerns and the emotional swings that you may experience. 6. Keep in mind the end result!
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.