If you have made the decision to have a “tummy tuck” or abdominoplasty, your level of fitness is something to consider going forward.
More than likely, you are considering a tummy tuck because you have had children or are of a “certain age” and want to take care of excess tummy skin.
If you are physically fit, you may not have much excess fat. But no amount of working out can improve the widening of your abdominal muscles or the skin laxity that sometimes comes with childbirth and aging.
Here are a few things to consider before scheduling your tummy tuck:
- Your physical fitness, emotional stability, positive attitude and having a good support system are all factors that can aid in your recovery from surgery.
Being fit won’t necessarily shorten a normal recovery time, but it certainly doesn’t hurt!
The more healthy and fit you are the faster your recovery will be. Your tissues may not actually heal faster than those of a patient who is sedentary and overweight, but you will more likely be back to your normal activities sooner.
- Patients who aren’t fit, might experience potential side effects or complications that may prolong recovery time.
The healthier you are definitely makes you a ‘better’ surgical candidate.This is especially true for reducing potential risks of anesthesia and surgery. Additionally, if you are in good cardiovascular shape and close to your ideal body weight, you should recover from your surgery very well.
- You should never exceed your doctor’s guidance in an effort to speed recovery.
Your body will heal the way it will heal…and you can’t and shouldn’t push harder to make your healing go faster.
- Be cautious about getting back to ‘working’ those abdominal muscles too soon after surgery.
Listen to your doctor and believe in your body – it will tell you when you are pushing yourself too hard.
Dr. Dembny loves motivated patients who keep themselves in good physical condition.
To learn more about how to prepare for your tummy tuck, call and schedule a consultation, today: (414) 443-0033.