Also referred to as abdominoplasty, this procedure allows our Northwest Indiana tummy tuck patients a renewed sense of self-confidence and body image. This procedure often follows major weight loss or weight-loss surgery, or pregnancy, when unwanted sagging tissue and little pockets of fat are present around the abdomen. In order to achieve a sculpted, flatter abdomen all you need to do is schedule a consultation followed by a procedure. However, that’s not all you have to do! In fact, there are a few steps you can take prior to surgery to ensure the best possible, longest lasting results!
First of All, Your Consultation
At your consultation, Dr. Galante will review your health and medical history, and examine your area of concern. This will lead him to the best procedure(s) to achieve your personal goals. By adapting to each patient’s personal needs, Dr. Galante is better able to set realistic goals and expectations leading up to a surgery date. By determining a “game-plan” not only does this enable the patient to heal faster but it also allows for the best possible results over time, which is what you ultimately want.
Stay Active Before Your Tummy Tuck
Exercise helps you look and feel better. When preparing for your tummy tuck procedure you can improve your body’s ability to heal from the procedure through regular exercise. Walking 30-45 minutes a day until the day before your procedure is a fantastic way to settle both mind and body while avoiding weight gain prior to your tummy tuck. If you need a little more direction, then a gym membership and/or a personal trainer may be your best bet. This is a great way to stay the course. But, exercising doesn’t have to seem like work. Other options for physical activity include cycling, dancing, yoga or Pilates. Find something that you enjoy and you’re more likely to stick with it!
Eat Well, Be Well
Perhaps the most important part of any health plan is your diet. It is often said that the abdomen is not sculpted in the gym but rather in the kitchen. The web is filled with numerous dieting and meal plans, both proven and obscure. Do a little research, and don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Galante or your personal physician for suggestions. Some weight loss programs, such as Weight Watchers, combine accountability via weekly weigh-ins along with a structured eating plan. The benefits are several-fold: you’ll learn good habits, you’ll avoid gaining weight before your tummy tuck, and you’ll be less likely to gain weight afterwards.
The Bottom Line
The interval between your consultation with me at one of my two offices in Indiana and your tummy tuck is a perfect time to get stronger and healthier in preparation for your procedure. Not only will exercise and proper diet help you trim the last unwanted fat around your belly before your tummy tuck procedure, it will also help fuel your body to heal post surgery.
To your health and wellness,
Gus Galante, MD, FACS
Board Certified Northwest Indiana Plastic Surgeon