Abdominoplasty, more popularly known as a tummy tuck, is a major cosmetic procedure undergone to remove extra fat and skin from the abdomen. It is common for mothers who have had multiple pregnancies to undergo a tummy tuck in Singapore, as well as people who lost a lot of weight quickly either through a gastric bypass or from a strict diet. Extra fat and skin on the abdomen are near impossible to get rid of naturally, and a tummy tuck is usually the only way to do this effectively.
It is an invasive procedure, however, so expect to go under the knife for a few hours and some considerable downtime after the procedure. Although there are some non-surgical procedures available, such as laser treatments or fat freezing, none of these alternatives are as effective as a good, old simple tummy tuck.
What to expect before a tummy tuck in Singapore?
During the consultation for a tummy tuck in Singapore, the doctor or plastic surgeon will do various things during the pre-op checkup, such as:
- ask for your goals for the surgery
- ask about any pre-existing health conditions
- ask if you have had any previous surgeries
- check your general health status
- ask about what medication your taking currently
- ask about your tobacco and alcohol use
- take photos
- advise you about preparing for the surgery as well as the possible risks and complications
At Allure Plastic Surgery, one of the leading tummy tuck clinics in Singapore, you rest assured that the doctors and staff will listen to all of your surgery goals and questions. If you can, prepare your questions beforehand so that you don’t forget, the doctor will be happy to oblige to let you understand everything you need to know about the surgery.
Pre-Operation Diet – Food to Eat and Avoid Before a Tummy Tuck
Before getting a tummy tuck, Allure Plastic Surgery has listed the following tips for your pre-surgery diet:
- Limit or stop eating processed foods.
Processed food is full of preservatives such as sugars and sodium, which aren’t great for your general health and can cause health complications if consumed regularly. Bacon, instant ramen and canned fruits may be delicious, but too much consumption can make you develop diseases such as Type 2 diabetes or kidney problems.
- Focus on eating fresh, whole foods.
Fresh, whole foods refer to foods that do not undergo any food processing, such as fresh fruits, vegetables and meat. Instead of eating instant microwaveable meals, cook your own food using fresh ingredients. Each stage in food processing can strip away essential nutrients and add unsavoury preservatives. Eating healthy is important to have your body in tip-top shape as well as keeping you from gaining weight before undergoing a tummy tuck.
- Say goodbye to soft drinks.
Soft drinks are delicious but are full of sugars which is bad news for your health. It’s pretty bad for your kidneys and your digestive system and can make you gain weight as it tricks your body into eating more than you should.
- Don’t eat too much.
Avoid the temptation of buffets and all-you-can-eat restaurants! You want to keep your body in a healthy shape before your tummy tuck. A ‘cheat’ meal once in a while is okay, just don’t make it a regular thing. Try to avoid eating extra snacks during the day, you’ll body will forget about these cravings eventually. Don’t starve yourself though, just eat enough and you’re good.
- Consume healthy proteins.
There are many ways to get healthy protein, like eating fish, chicken, lean meat and eggs. If you’re on a plant-based diet, you can also get protein from beans, nuts and tofu. Protein is good before surgery because it’s what the body needs in producing new blood cells and tissue. Protein also boosts your immune system, to help fight off infection – a possible complication during a tummy tuck.
- Fatty fish are great additions to your diet.
Salmon, tuna, sardines and other fatty fish have Omega-3, which is a fatty acid that’s great for your heart and blood circulation. Recent medical studies have shown that Omega-3 improves microbiome health, eases anxiety, limits constipation and helps avoid the need for strong pain medications. There is strong evidence that suggests omega-3 has an effect in reducing the risk of infections as well as heart complications after surgery.
- Get a daily dose of vitamin C.
Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamin C, an important nutrient in supporting your body’s immune system. If you have low vitamin C levels during a tummy tuck, it can slow down the eventual healing process and puts you at a higher risk of complications. Vitamin C is also essential in promoting wound healing and skin regeneration.
What things should I consider for tummy tuck surgery?
For the procedure of tummy tuck in Singapore, you will be put under general anaesthesia during the, so you shouldn’t feel any discomfort or pain. However, there are some risks when undergoing tummy tuck surgery, so it is vital that the patient is fully prepared and ready before proceeding. Following a strict, healthy diet and regular exercise are two things you can do to help prepare. Try out these food recommendations from AllurePlastic Surgery and be up and ready for your tummy tuck surgery and get that body shape that you always wanted.
Allure Plastic Surgery
435 Orchard Rd, #22-04 Wisma Atria,
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