When you start to research plastic and cosmetic surgeries, you may learn more than you wanted to — stumbling across detailed information about incisions and sutures can make these procedures seem intimidating. Tummy tuck surgeries involve in-depth surgical work to help you achieve a slimmer profile, and when you try to learn about the specifics on your own, you may be left wondering about the safety of the procedure. Fortunately, your worries can be eased: tummy tucks, or abdominoplasties, are routine and low-risk cosmetic surgeries. In fact, they are consistently among the top 10 cosmetic surgeries performed in the United States, with nearly 130,000 people choosing to receive a tummy tuck each year. As Drs. Mark and Loren Clayman can attest, your tummy tuck procedure can go smoothly and give you beautiful results when you follow a few simple rules for preparation and aftercare.
Good Health Means Good Results
Healthy habits can make a big difference in the success of any surgery, but tummy tucks, in particular, are well-suited for people who take good care of their body. Most plastic surgeons agree that the ideal candidate for a tummy tuck is someone who has recently lost a significant amount of weight because the surgery is designed to remove excess skin and small, concentrated pockets of fat. This means that the better shape you are in prior to your tummy tuck, the better your results will be. You will also need these healthy habits to maintain your slimmer figure after your surgery and recovery. Getting used to eating well and exercising before your tummy tuck is a smart tactic to achieve long-lasting results.
Additionally, when your body is healthy as you enter your surgery, you can ensure that your recovery will be quick — a healthy body can bounce back more easily than an unhealthy one. Avoiding smoking and drinking, eating nutritious foods and getting plenty of sleep leading up to your surgery can significantly lower your chances of complications like excessive bleeding, infection or unwanted immune responses.
Honesty is the Best Policy
During your consultation, your surgeon will likely ask you questions about your health, your health history, your lifestyle and your goals for your tummy tuck. It is vital to your safety and your surgery’s success that you are completely honest with your surgeon. For example, if you avoid telling them that you are a smoker, or if you are not truthful about your ability to take time away from work to recover, you can increase your risk of having an adverse reaction to your surgery or preventing your body from healing properly.
Your surgeon’s primary concern is keeping you safe during your surgery, but they need to know as much about your health as possible in order to make sure your procedure goes smoothly. If you tell your surgeon something that causes them to suggest you wait to receive your surgery until you are in better health, you should know that they are saying this out of concern for your health and safety. You should listen to your surgeon’s advice about preparing for your surgery.
A Responsible Recovery
Your surgeon’s advice is just as important after your surgery, too. A good surgeon will give you very clear instructions on everything from scheduling your follow-up appointments to taking your pain medications. Your recovery times and expectations will vary based on your body and the extent of your procedure, but you will likely discuss your particular concerns and best practices with your surgeon before your tummy tuck. Again, your surgeon’s primary concern is keeping you safe and healthy. Their instructions may seem silly or overwhelming — some tummy tuck tips include trying not to laugh or avoiding movement for a week or two — but they are essential in making sure you do not injure yourself or end up with other complications as you heal.
Your surgical site will be swollen, tender and at risk of infection during your initial recovery, and your surgeon’s instructions are designed to keep you comfortable and safe during this precarious time. For an abdominoplasty, you should plan on taking several weeks away from work and strenuous activities — the abdomen area is particularly sensitive and does require plenty of rest before you fully recover and see your results. If you have any questions during your recovery, you should feel comfortable calling your surgeon’s office to ask for clarification or to find out if you need to seek medical care.
Choose Your Surgeon Wisely
Scheduling your tummy tuck with an experienced plastic surgeon can make the single biggest difference in your surgery and your outcome. In your search for the right surgeon, you should make sure to find someone who is appropriately licensed and accredited and who is very familiar with the surgery you are receiving. Your surgeon should be a medical doctor who has completed training in surgery, and whose practice is certified by institutions like your state’s medical accreditation office and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. You should be able to meet with your surgeon in person before your surgery — this is a common practice called a consultation, and it is necessary to make sure that your surgeon understands what you want from your procedure and answers any questions you might have.
Your surgeon should make you feel comfortable, help you understand your procedure and be honest with you about expectations and their professional opinions. You should ask them about their experience, the number of abdominoplasties they have performed and their particular method of performing tummy tuck surgery. You should also ask them to see a photo album of previous tummy tuck clients to make sure that you are satisfied with the way your surgeon’s typical results appear. When you choose a surgeon with the right expertise, you can rest assured that you will not be at risk during your tummy tuck surgery.
Dr. Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center and Miracle Spa is proud to provide exceptional tummy tuck surgery services in the Jacksonville, Florida area. Our surgeons, Drs. Mark and Loren Clayman, are Harvard-educated, board-certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and members of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Their years of experience providing specialized plastic surgery, including abdominoplasties, make them the right choice when you are seeking a tummy tuck from a provider who will always put your safety first. At Dr. Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center, our clients’ comfort and satisfaction are our first priority — our warm, caring staff is here to make sure that you are completely confident and at ease before, during and after your surgery. We are available to answer any questions you may have about our tummy tuck process and whether a tummy tuck might be right for you. Call us today at 904-388-6110 to schedule your consultation.