Ask Dr. Jenq
Would you recommend any special exercise or diet before my procedure?
It is important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen that you can fit into your daily routine to improve your overall health. Heavy dieting and exercise for rapid weight loss immediately before surgery is not recommended. Prepare for surgery by tidying your household needs. Avoid blood thinners, aspirin, and herbal supplements. Also, remember to contact your friends and family ahead of time so that they know to help your during your recovery.
A tummy tuck contours the belly by removal of extra skin. Sometimes, the extra skin hangs only in the area of the lower belly. Other times, the extra skin overhangs both the lower belly and also the skin above the belly button. If this happens, there may be fullness of the area above the belly button as well. For both situations, the extra skin can be removed through the lower abdomen, and then the skin is stretched taut to create a better contour.
The question next however is whether liposuction would be helpful as well. The best area to assess this is by pinching the sides of your lower rib cage. This area, called the flank, is not well treated with a tummy tuck on its own, because the scar has to taper off at the front of your hips. However fullness of this area indicates a significant component of both extra skin AND fat that is causing the contour issues of your belly. The downside of adding liposuction is obviously increased cost. However the benefit is correction to a better aesthetic outcome for patients who have a significant amount of both problems.