As with any plastic surgery in Chicago, you will be asked by your doctor to quit smoking at least two weeks before the surgery and to not smoke for at least two weeks after the surgery. It is advisable to completely quit smoking since it complicates the whole procedure and slows down the healing process.
Keep off extreme diets before surgery. Just maintain a well-balanced diet to assist the healing process.
Inform your doctor of any drugs and supplements you are taking such as herbal medicines or prescription drugs. You will be instructed not to take particular medications for a period before and after the surgery.
Prepare your home before surgery to ensure that you have easy access to essential items such as ice packs and oose clothing. A chair which can be placed in a reclined position will be very helpful. You may also need someone to provide assistance with your daily activities for a few days.
Plan to get a close friend or family member to drive you home after the tummy tuck and someone to stay with you for at least the first night.
After the surgery, you should try to be as mobile as possible, and start walking by the next day to prevent blood clots and pneumonia.
Dr. Truong usually recommends two weeks off of work but that can vary depending on your job. Most patients are back to their usual activity and exercise in about 6 weeks.