Preparing for a Tummy Tuck Surgery in Thailand
Your surgeon, through our no-cost virtual consultation, will provide you with a list of instructions on what to do before your tummy tuck surgery.
These will cover such areas as smoking, medications, what to bring with you to the hospital and when to have your last meal before surgery.
It is of utmost importance that you follow these instructions, and the ones you will be given after your surgery. Your speedy recovery and health should be your number one priority.
You will have to strictly follow these instructions before your tummy tuck surgery.
These are as follows:
- For smokers: STOP smoking two weeks before surgery. You will need another two weeks after surgery to start smoking. Smoking increases the risks of complications. Chemicals present in smoke act as free radicals, which interferes with the healing process. Prolonged healing may result in the formation of large, hideous scars. If your surgeon finds out that you are still smoking, he will not perform the surgery.
- Stop drinking alcoholic beverages a week before your surgery.
- The day before your surgery, do not drink alcohol and make sure you do not eat or drink anything at least six hours before your operation.
- Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
Special instructions you receive will cover:
- What to do on the day of surgery
- The use of anesthesia during your tummy tuck
- Post-operative care and follow-up
Special instructions for smokers:
If you are a smoker, you will be advised to quit immediately. In fact, you may be told that you will have to post-pone your surgery until the nicotine has been out of your system long enough so that it does not affect you while under anesthesia, and also while healing.
This includes nicotine patches and vapor cigarettes as well. Smoking also increases the chances of airway irritation, which may trigger constriction and coughing while under anesthesia. Smoking also hinders healing and can cause your scars to heal poorly.