Tummy Tuck Preparation Los Angeles

Tummy Tuck AbdominoplastyAbdominoplasty helps Los Angeles patients improve abdominal contour by removing excess skin and fat.

A patient’s final result will be enhanced through active participation in preparing for abdominoplasty. Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Long Beach residents considering abdominoplasty need to maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet to prepare for surgery. Patients should strive to reach their ideal weight by using a disciplined approach to nutrition. Consultation with a nutritionist may assist a patient in achieving that goal. When a patient is at or near their ideal weight, it is possible for the surgeon to tighten the abdominal muscles. Interestingly, many patients are inspired to diet and exercise more diligently when they see the postoperative results from a tummy tuck. Patients who lose additional weight after the tummy tuck procedure will usually see further improvement in their figure.

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Smoking increases the risks of many potential complications of surgery and should be avoided. Patients who smoke should stop at least two weeks before surgery, but even then they are still at increased risk when compared to non-smokers. Nicotine patches or gum are also associated with increased complications and should not be used in preparation for surgery.

A regular exercise routine is also helpful preparation. By building muscle, a patient increases their basal metabolic rate. This makes it easier to avoid weight gain, especially in the postoperative period when physical activity is minimal. Cardiovascular exercise strengthens the heart and promotes a faster recovery from surgery. If a patient has a regular exercise routine, it is much easier to resume these activities after recovering from surgery. Using a trainer to supervise workouts is a safe and effective way to approach preparing for abdominoplasty in Los Angeles.

Medical problems should be optimally managed before surgery. Patients who have their own internal medicine physician are encouraged to visit their doctor in preparation for a tummy tuck. Your surgeon will perform a history and physical examination as a part of the pre-operative visit. If additional medical consultations are necessary, your surgeon will assist you in locating the appropriate specialist.

Preparations for a tummy tuck should include these steps of diet, exercise and health maintenance. Patients who actively participate in this way will have the greatest improvements, fewest complications and fastest recovery from surgery.

To take the next step, arrange a personal consultation with Southern California tummy tuck plastic surgeons Dr. Grant Stevens at Marina Plastic Surgery Associates in Los Angeles. You can save up to $150 on your consultation by requesting your appointment online and scheduling your visit during one of the times our surgeons have set aside for Web visitors.