What not to do in preparation for the hourglass tummy tuck
What not to do in preparation for the hourglass tummy tuck
The tummy tuck is the plastic surgery procedure we use to correct imperfections of the abdominal wall such as loose abdominal muscles and saggy skin to get a firm and flat tummy.
When it comes to the unsightly appearance of the abdominal wall, you should know that there isn’t just one surgical method that can be used in all cases. The factors that contribute in deciding the right surgical approach are the condition of the skin, the excess fat, the tonus of the muscles in the area and the general health condition of the patient. Due to pregnancy, some women are confronted with weakness of the abdominal muscles and also a laxity of the skin on the inferior part of the abdomen. This often happens in cases of multiple pregnancies, pregnancies with twins, or pregnancy with a baby who weighed a lot at birth. Some other patients are confronted with what we call a belly apron – an excess of skin that is sagging over the pubic area covering it completely or partially – and this happens in a vast majority of cases after a considerable weight loss.
The hourglass tummy tuck is a superior and modern procedure that improves the results achieved with the traditional tummy tuck and requires a period of preparation for the patient. In this article, we will discuss what not to do in preparation for the hourglass tummy tuck.
- Do not smoke
The hourglass tummy tuck is a complex procedure, even more complex than the traditional tummy tuck. Smoking can interfere with the healing process and this is why a responsible plastic surgeon will advise you to stop smoking at least three weeks before the procedure is scheduled. Smoking influences the contents of blood, making it lack enough oxygen to provide for a fast healing of the tissues. Moreover, it can cause fat and skin necrosis due to lack of poor oxygenation.
- Do not keep a strict diet
Despite the fact that there are still plenty of people who believe that the tummy tuck is a weight loss method, it really isn’t. Moreover, the hourglass tummy tuck should only be performed on a patient who is in top form. The hourglass tummy tuck also makes use of unwanted fat deposits to transfer them to the hips to create the beautiful and sought-after hourglass silhouette. This means that if you insist on keeping a strict diet before the procedure, you might end up not being an eligible candidate because of two reasons. First, you might be left without the fat that is mandatory for fat transfer and second, your immune system might be too weak for you to undergo the procedure. The general recommendation is to make sure you get enough calories and nutrients for your body to be in top shape before the procedure.
- Do not eat in excess
While it is true that you need the adipose excess for fat transfer to the hips, you should also know that eating in excess is not a good idea. You shouldn’t count on the fact that all the fat will be removed during liposuction because this might not be the case. Fat doesn’t deposit exclusively at the subcutaneous level; it also accumulates in the internal cavities of the body and around the organs. Moreover, during a single liposuction session the plastic surgeon shouldn’t eliminate more than six to seven liters of fat, otherwise complications can be triggered. In other words, if you gain weight before the hourglass tummy tuck despite the recommendations of the plastic surgeon, you might not get results as good as estimated during the pre-operative consultation.
- Do not exercise in excess
Physical exercises are a great method to stay in shape and even feel happier due to the release of endorphins. If you usually work out, you should keep your routine until the week of the surgery or according to the plastic surgeon’s advice. But make sure not to exercise in excess before the hourglass tummy tuck. Once again there is the risk of burning the fat that is required for the fat transfer to the hips or to make your body weak and unfit for the surgical procedure.
- Do not take anti-inflammatory medication
This refers to a certain class of anti-inflammatory medication, ones which contain aspirin. This medication has an effect on blood coagulation acting as an anti-coagulant. This means that if you take this type of anti-inflammatory medication two weeks before the hourglass tummy tuck, you exponentially increase the risk of excessive bleeding during or after the procedure. This is a complication that can be severe and should be avoided as much as possible. If you have taken an anti-inflammatory pill by mistake in the two weeks before your procedure, make sure to let the plastic surgeon know as your procedure might be rescheduled.
- Do not take birth control pills
Birth control pills should be stopped a month before the procedure as they might trigger the formation of blood clots. After the hourglass tummy tuck, one of the most important complications that can occur is the formation of blood clots or deep vein thrombosis. To prevent this complication, the patient will need to adopt a certain pre-operative behavior, and among the most important things that need to be done in preparation is not to take birth control pills. At the same time, it is important to practice safe sex as no plastic surgery procedure can be performed on pregnant patients.
- Do not take natural supplements
Just like in the case of certain anti-inflammatory medication, different natural supplements can trigger excessive bleeding due to their anticoagulant properties. Make sure to read the labels carefully before taking any natural supplements in the weeks before the procedure. Better yet, contact the plastic surgeon if you have any questions about the natural supplements that you want to take.
Important details about the hourglass tummy tuck
You should know that the hourglass tummy tuck often lasts longer than a traditional tummy tuck because there are three plastic surgery procedures combined in one. When the hourglass tummy tuck is performed, the surgeon will perform liposuction on the abdominal wall and the flanks to make the waist smaller, then excise the surplus skin and tighten the loose abdominal muscles with sutures. Lastly, the fat collected with liposuction will be transferred to the hips to create the hourglass silhouette.
The patient is usually under general anesthesia for her own comfort. The hospitalization after the hourglass tummy tuck is no longer than a few hours to a maximum of 24 hours, depending on the condition of the patient and whether complications occur. The patient is advised to have a friend or family member to help her get back home after the procedure as driving is not possible nor recommended for at least a few more days post-op.
Upon the return home, the patient is advised to only sleep on the back, so no lying on the sides of the body or the front, and preferably at a slightly bent forward position to be easier to get off from the bed.
The hourglass tummy tuck procedure delivers impressive results for a vast majority of patients, with the condition for them to follow the recommendations of the plastic surgeon to the letter.
The hourglass tummy tuck is a procedure that is often requested nowadays by patients who understand the need to address the body as a whole when undergoing plastic surgery and not just parts or features of it. The hourglass tummy tuck is a modern and complex procedure that delivers not only a firm and flat abdominal area but also a smaller waist and larger hips. Just like the traditional tummy tuck, the hourglass tummy tuck will need a preparation period. This preparation often starts a month before the procedure, and in this article, we have discussed a few things that the patient shouldn’t do in preparation for the hourglass tummy tuck.
Keep in mind that following the recommendations of the plastic surgeon for pre-operative care not only improves the results achieved with the procedure but will also help you avoid potential complications.