Tummy Tuck Santa Cruz, CA

Tummy Tuck

tummy-tuck-Santa-Cruz-CA - Plastic surgery concept. Hand is drawing lines with marker on belly.If you’re having trouble losing excess fat and skin off your stomach, you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck in Santa Cruz, CA. At Kirk A. Churukian, MD, FACS, the surgical procedure can drastically improve the appearance and shape of your stomach, boosting your self-confidence. Here are a few ways to prepare for a tummy tuck surgery.

Get Down to a Healthy Weight

A tummy tuck isn’t a weight loss surgery. It’s intended for people who are at or near their goal weight. If you’re currently overweight, your plastic surgeon will advise you to get down to a healthy weight and maintain it for several months before your tummy tuck. If you wait to lose weight until after your procedure, you risk having loose skin and other complications.

Avoid Smoking

If you’re a smoker, you will want to stop at least six weeks before your tummy tuck. The nicotine in cigarettes can hinder blood flow, which can delay the process.

Choose a Reputable Plastic Surgeon

To ensure great results, it’s important to select the right plastic surgeon. Make sure that your plastic surgeon is board certified and specializes in performing tummy tucks. Read reviews online and look at photos of the surgeon’s previous work.

Eat a Nutritious Diet

What you eat prior to your tummy tuck procedure matters greatly. Consuming a nutritious diet with plenty of vitamins and minerals can assist with your recovery. Vitamin-C rich foods, like oranges and pineapple, in particular, can speed up the healing process. Try to avoid processed and overly salty foods before your tummy tuck in Santa Cruz, CA.

Stop Taking Certain Medications

Prior to your procedure, your surgeon will discuss all the medications you’ll need to avoid taking. Medicines like ibuprofen and Advil, for example, can increase bleeding, so don’t take them before your surgery.

Prepare Several Meals

After your tummy tuck procedure, you may experience soreness and fatigue for at least several days. The last thing you’ll probably want to do is cook. That’s why it’s a good idea to prepare several nutritious meals ahead of time.

Avoid Eating or Drinking Right Before Your Surgery

Like with other surgeries, you shouldn’t eat or drink anything for at least 12 hours before your tummy tuck. If you eat right before your surgery, you could experience anesthesia complications.

Perform Chores Beforehand

Just as with any other kind of procedure, you will need to plan ahead of time and take care of any chores that you would usually have to do. Take care of necessary household chores, including cleaning, meal preps, and other tasks that require physical energy. Avoid performing chores and lifting objects until your tummy tuck Santa Cruz CA residents trust from Kirk A. Churukian, MD, FACS has confirmed you are recovered enough to do so. If you have a friend or family member helping during your recovery, this is less of a concern. But all in all, many patients find that going back home to a clean house without having to worry about daily tasks is calming after a tummy tuck.

Lean On Family and Friends

Mental health and physical health are both important when it comes to getting a surgery done and changing your appearance. You may want to take some quiet time to journal or meditate, and create soothing environments for yourself. Reach out to people you trust and express your worries so that they can provide you with extra emotional support. Knowing that you have people around you that support you can give you more strength going into the procedure. As a Santa Cruz tummy tuck team member may encourage, don’t forget that your closest loved ones can be helpful during this time, and want to be there for you.

Prepare Your Recovery Area

Set a designated place for you to recover that suits your temporary limitations. After a tummy tuck, the last thing you will want to do is to perform more movements than you need to. Use a semi-flexed place to rest and sleep, such as a couch, recliner chair, loveseat, or bed with pillows strategically set to support your body. Arrange your medications within immediate reach, and gather more than enough entertainment opportunities for yourself. You will be spending at least a few days in the recovery area, so have access to entertainment, such as shows, movies, audiobooks, magazines, physical books, and other things you enjoy. Postoperative healing is easier when you have things to keep your mind entertained.

Call Us About Questions or Concerns

We understand that you may have pre-surgery jitters, that’s a completely normal feeling. If you have questions or serious concerns about the procedure then you must contact us right away. We are always happy to provide patients with the information and clarity they need to feel comfortable walking into their appointment. Our team is knowledgeable and empathetic, and we can imagine you may be nervous. Write down your questions, concerns, or if anything that is still unclear about what is to come so that our Santa Cruz tuck tummy team can get you properly prepared.

If you have yet to schedule an appointment, and wonder if a tummy tuck is right for you, then please reach out to us. We are here as a resource in helping you achieve your physical goals and ultimately feeling more confident about yourself. If you are interested in getting a tummy tuck in Santa Cruz, CA, schedule a consultation with a reputable plastic surgeon from Kirk A. Churukian, MD, FACS today.


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