Undergoing surgery can be a little nerve wracking, even if you’ve done it before. Recovery often seems like the most intimidating aspect of surgery, but if you follow these five tips for a smooth tummy tuck experience, you should be healed and recovering before you know it!
Get as Close to Your Ideal Weight as Possible Before the Procedure
Many people believe the goal of a tummy tuck is to lose weight, but that’s simply not the case. While liposuction can be used in addition to the tummy tuck procedure to maximize results, patients who have already lost as much weight as they would like to benefit most from this procedure. If you’re close to or at your goal weight but can’t get rid of some of your stubborn belly fat, you’re likely a perfect candidate for a tummy tuck.
2. Ask Questions and Choose the Right Tummy Tuck for You
Choosing the right doctor for your tummy tuck surgery is one of the most important decisions you will make in the entire process. Dr. Wortham is triple board certified and has been helping men and women improve their bodies for 30 years. He is more than happy to answer all your questions and help you decide if a full or mini tummy tuck is best for you.
3. Make Sure You Have a Support Team Ready to Help
As with any surgery, recovery requires some time. Having help, especially if you have small children at home, can make a huge difference in your recovery time and comfort level throughout the process. Try to have a close friend or family member stay with you for a few days to help. Even if you end up not needing too much assistance, you will likely enjoy their company while you recover.
4. Follow Your Doctor’s Orders
Dr. Wortham is an expert in his field and has performed thousands of tummy tucks. He knows exactly what each patient needs in order to recover quickly and safely depending on exactly how the surgery was performed and each unique body’s needs. If you follow his orders exactly, you will likely find your recovery goes more smoothly than you predicted.
5. Find a Balance Between Movement and Rest
Even though it will probably feel like all you want to do is rest, it’s important to get up and move around to prevent blood clots and get your muscles moving again. You should absolutely avoid overexertion and listen to your body’s needs. The first week following surgery should not involve any excessive walking or standing and certainly no lifting. Talk to Dr. Wortham about how best to find a balance between moving your body to help with recovery and resting enough not to overdo it.
For more information about tummy tucks or to schedule a consultation, call us today at the Cosmetic Surgical Arts Center in Lynnwood at 425-744-7771.