Preparing for an Abdominoplasty: 10 things to do and not do

You need to know that abdominoplasty is a very delicate surgery that requires you to to make some preparations for the initial operation to ensure you have a smooth surgery as well as recovery. As part of the operation, the cosmetic surgeon needs to provide you with a list of do’s and don’ts you need to follow strictly. Getting a tummy tuck from an experienced surgeon will guarantee you the best results.

Here are the do’s you need to follow before you go into the operation room

  1. You need to create a strong support system around yourself

Severe emotional ups and downs or mood swings are just some of the many experiences you will have after going through the operation. You need to have a strong support system around yourself help you through this period as the emotions that you will feel can sometimes turn into depression. You need to have the support of your family members and close friends by your side to help you through the recovery process.

  1. Stay committed to the healing process

You need to be ready for at least one or two weeks of downtime after going through Abdominoplasty. In most cases, it depends on the surgical technique used during the operation. For the swelling to subside entirely, you will need to give your body another several weeks before you can begin to feel “normal” again. It is essential that you be very patient during this time and have a regular check-ups to know how the recovery process if going.

  1. Be involved in healthy relaxation activities

During the recovery period, you can engage your body and mind in lots of different relaxation activities like reading books and magazines; you can always browse the internet and even perform mild household chores to help you through the period.

  1. Maintain close communication with the surgeon

You need to share every bit of information that is health-related to you with the surgeon before the Abdominoplasty surgery. You do not need to hesitate to call your surgeon if you realize any pain or abnormalities with your body after the surgery.

  1. Eat a healthy, protein-rich diet

You need to start taking protein-rich diet like two to four weeks before you go for the operation and continue with this diet, even after you have the surgery with the guidance of a nutritionist. Avoid crash dieting.

The Don’ts


  1. Use of any form of tobacco

If you are a tobacco smoker, you need to stop this habit at least four to six weeks before you go for the operation. You will likely experience a poor healing process and also risk bleeding during the surgery if you go for the operation while still smoking tobacco.

  1. Avoid rapid weight loss

You will have to stop any weight loss mechanisms that you use several weeks before you go for the Abdominoplasty surgery. You need to ensure that you maintain a stable and healthy body weight before the surgery.

  1. Do not use herbal medicine and aspirin

You are required to stop using any blood thinners at least two weeks before you go for the operation. These are aspirin or Motrin. You need to lay off taking herbal medicine as well.

  1. Be regular on your bowel regimen

You need to develop a habit of eating plenty of fibrous foods and vegetables. You also need to take many natural fruits and do regular exercise as well to stay regular on your bowel regimen before going for the Abdominoplasty surgery.

  1. Arrange for transportation and aftercare


You need to have made proper arrangements for a way to get back home after you have undergone the operation. You need to also hire some help for the next couple of days while you go through the post-operative recovery.