(be sure to read part 1)
By Dr. Craig E. Harrison:
Tummy Tuck + Liposuction Surgery-
Every plastic surgery procedure has risks. As a result, combining operations also combines the risk. During the pre-operative evaluation, a surgical plan tailored to a patient’s anatomy and goals will be formulated. A great deal of effort and time is spent on educating patients of potential risks and how they can be minimized. I have developed a checklist of several pre-operative maneuvers to lessen the consequences of a procedure of this magnitude. Our office stresses the importance of getting in the best nutritional, emotional, and cardiopulmonary condition preoperatively to help with a smoother surgical recovery.
Those patients who have greater physical stamina tolerate the physiological stress of this combined procedure, have a faster recovery and usually require less pain medication post-operatively. I often prescribe a month in the gym with a trainer and time on a treadmill before the date of surgery.
Here is some pre-surgical advice from the trainer/gym owner our practice recommends, Luis Correa.
“There are a few key changes that can be made to prepare for plastic surgery and boost results after. Mentally embracing the need for a lifestyle change is most important and first component we address. Next we start Dr. Harrison’s patients on a balanced diet. Before surgery we train your body to a routine of a balanced diet with 4-5 small meals per day. This helps speed the metabolism.
I also start Dr. Harrison’s patients on an exercise routine consisting of weight and cardio training 3-4 days per week. This helps prepare your body for surgery and a speedy recovery. The lifestyle change you commit to will show success that you are sure to be pleased with.”
Luis Correa, Owner of F.I.T
Certified Personal Trainer, NASM
Cooper’s Aerobics Institute