The best way to help ensure a successful surgical outcome is by preparing for surgery. Dr Carmen and her team are here to help.
Read Dr Carmen’s Guide to what to pack for the hospital for a more comfortable stay and an enjoyable recovery.
A healthy body recovers much faster than an unhealthy one. Take these simple steps to ensure you are in the best possible condition for your planned surgery.
Here are some great ideas for preparing for your surgery and useful tips to be mentally and physically ready for your patient journey.
Taking zinc can help speed up the healing of surgical incisions and also boost the immune system. Get more Zinc naturally by eating eggs, nuts, seafood, seeds, wheat germ, and whole grains (especially fortified cereals). Multivitamin – Talk to your doctor about taking a pre- and post-surgery multivitamin.
Take ownership of your own health. It is YOUR body and YOUR weight loss journey. It is up to YOU to ensure you are in the very best condition to achieve the best result. You have worked so hard to get to the point of body contouring surgery and deserve the very best.
The most important thing is to focus on your goal of future surgery. It’s in your best interest to stay active to help keep the weight off. Patients in higher weight ranges have greater risks attached to all forms of surgery, including plastic surgery.
Poor diet, excess weight and suboptimal overall health puts your body at a less than ideal condition to cope with surgical procedures.
A tummy tuck or body lift is a wonderful way to sculpt the figure and shape the body. However, the surgical procedure is not a replacement for weight loss. It is important that you be close to your desired weight for six to twelve months before undergoing this type of surgery.
Patients who have surgery when carrying excess weight have higher rates of delayed wound healing, wound breakdown and excessive scarring, all of which are not ideal given the procedures are intended to improve aesthetic appearance. We guide and support you during your post-operative phase for as long as it takes but it is often more painful and frustrating if wounds are slow to heal.
It is also harder to get the “wow” result when patients are still carrying extra weight. While Dr Carmen works hard to sculpt patient’s bodies through surgical excision and liposuction, there are limits to what is possible.
The best result is gained when you are at an optimal weight, thus surgical procedures will remove excess skin and a minimum of attached fat cells. You will feel much better right from the start and get up and moving faster which leads to faster healing.
Remember plastic surgery is all about performing procedures that allow you to enjoy your life more, to fit into clothing which is sized to fit your smaller body frame, enjoy activities and a better lifestyle, improve your confidence and allow you to better connect with your life.
While at home during the Covid pandemic, set family goals such as movie night, board games night, ‘spring cleaning’ for the house, garage or garden, craft night, family cooking challenge! A timed ‘run around the block’ for everyone to see who the fastest family member is. Have a look through all your cookbooks, find some recipes to try that appeal to you. Look for recipes to try that can be frozen, try them out and plan to cook them again then freezing them in the final week prior to your surgery.
Think of surgery as a marathon! You must train for that not just show up! You need to increase your daily exercise tolerance in preparation for any surgery. Think of small things, such as twice a day walks varying your route to add interest. Some exercise even gentle walking greater than 10 minutes is better than nothing at all. A little bit of effort can make a huge difference but if your usual level of fitness is normally higher try to get back to that. Also, you have to consider that post your surgery it will be some time before you will be able to go back to your previous exercise tolerance.
Everyone can exercise at home with a bit of self-will and encouragement. If you need inspiration or motivation, call on the family to join you for your walk, bike ride or YouTube exercise video. You can encourage each other to continue when one of you may decide you’ve had enough!
Look for exercise items within the home, skipping ropes, tinned cans for light weights, arm lifts using seat of the chair, outdoor steps or stairs for stepping exercises. High and low tables for stretching exercises.
Look closely at your diet – during Covid if you have more time available you have more time to plan your meals better making it unnecessary to cook processed or premade foods or get take-away! This also has the added benefit of reducing cost and waste.
Whilst you have more time available look at some of the products in your pantry and fridge. Read the fat, salt, and sugar content of these items. This will give you a better understanding of where ‘hidden’ weight gain often comes from even when you feel you are mostly doing the right things but still seem to be struggling with weight issues.
If you are booked for future surgery but feel you have gained weight through Covid please call us we are happy to work through any concerns or questions you may have.
If you have dependant family members use this time of Covid to teach them simple self-care. It is often easier in the short term to do everything for everybody but this is not fair to them or you. Even the smallest child can tidy their toys.
Set expectations and goals appropriate to age or abilities such as bed making daily, sourcing and cleaning up their own breakfast and possibly lunch, light household duties and kitchen cleanups. Look back to how much you helped out in the home and ask the same of your own children.
Now we are living closely together it is important to declutter our working and relaxing areas. Initially teaching tasks may be frustrating but be patient. Most children are happy to help and learn skills quickly if given enough praise and encouragement. Even resistant older children will help if others are involved and there is an element of taking turns to ensure fairness.
Once you have had your surgery being able to rely on pre-trained family ‘helpers’ will make all the difference to your recovery.
After all your hard work and effort, it would be a shame to fail at the final hurdle. Allow this time of restriction and isolation to give you something not take something else away. Preparing yourself both physically and mentally for your surgery will be both rewarding and give you real results.
If you need a friendly voice to talk to you, to ask questions of, the team at Aesthetik Profile are here for you. Successful procedures and the very best outcomes are achieved through close partnerships with yourself, Dr Carmen, and her team as we guide and support you on your journey. It is this partnership that sets us above all others in patient care.
Please call 03 9852 0545 or contact us for any questions, information, motivation and help. We are here to assist you through your journey.
Dr Carmen has 25 years of expertise in breast & tummy surgery as well as excess skin removal for weight-loss patients. Her favourite surgery is Breast Reduction. She also has significant experience in using fat transfer & fat grafting processes to the breast for augmentation and enhancement.
Dr Carmen is a FRACS Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon – she is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
She is a precise surgeon and customises her surgery procedures and placement of surgical incision lines for each patient to get the best outcomes.
Caring and engaging, Dr Carmen is highly regarded by her peers and patients.
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