Pregnancy and weight loss are two things to be very proud of. However, they’re also two things that can leave your skin— especially around your abdomen— looking loser than ever before. Luckily, here at our office, Dr. George Philip Smith conducts regular abdominoplasties or tummy tucks to remove excess fat and skin and restore weakened or separated muscles in the abdomen.
If you have decided to take the plunge and get an abdominoplasty, one of the most important things that you can do is to know how to prepare for the big day. We have created a brief list of ways that you can come into surgery prepared and healthy.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs like aspirin and ibuprofen may be your go-to when you have a headache, injury, or fever but they can also increase bleeding both during and after surgery. We encourage all of our patients— unless you have a blood clotting condition or another health issue— to get off of NSAIDs before surgery so that they are out of your system on the day of.
If you are a smoker and have been looking for an excuse to stop, consider your abdominoplasty your biggest reason. Smoking cigarettes slow down your body’s ability to naturally heal itself after surgery which puts you at a greater risk of infection. If you need help smoking, contact our office, and we can put you in contact with a support group.
During your initial consultation with Dr. George Philip Smith, he will go over your medical history and any current medications you are taking. Depending on your medications, he may recommend that you adjust them for a few weeks before surgery.
Just like with all surgical procedures, preparing is one of the most important steps. Ready to learn more about abdominoplasties? Schedule your consultation at one of our locations today: CALL TODAY: (718) 608-1111.