Preparing for Your Tummy Tuck Surgery


A tummy tuck, also referred to as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that is intended to improve the abdominal contour. To learn more about a tummy tuck and other contouring options, contact our Philadelphia plastic surgery practice at 610-355-1929 to schedule a complimentary consultation today!

Though you may be several weeks out from your tummy tuck procedure, it is never too early to start preparing for your surgery. When preparing to undergo abdominoplasty, you may be unsure on what you should be doing. The following tips can help you prepare for surgery and make sure that your body is ready for an effective recovery:

  • In the weeks leading up to surgery, make sure you are exercising daily to help boost your immune system. Keep in mind that you should not be overdoing abdominal exercises. Some options we recommend are swimming, yoga, and weightlifting.
  • For those who are smokers, refrain from smoking a couple weeks prior to surgery. Once surgery is complete, you should continue to abstain from smoking until you are fully healed.
  • To help heal in a timely manner, incorporate an plentiful amount of protein into your diet. This will not only help in preparing your body for surgery, but it will also boost your metabolism as well.
  • Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medication for the first few weeks before and after your procedure. Drugs such as ibuprofen, aspirin (e.g., Advil or Motrin), and naproxen (e.g., Aleve) can increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery. For this reason, it is best to avoid these over-the-counter medications to lower your risk.

During your consultation Dr. Bottger will thoroughly address any questions or concerns you may have, and will go over all preoperative guidelines.

To schedule your complimentary Philadelphia plastic surgery consultation, contact our practice at 610-355-1929. We serve residents in and around the areas of Philadelphia and Newton Square, Pennsylvania.