How to prepare yourself before and after Abdominoplasty?
Preparations before the surgery
1. Notify the doctor if you are allergic to the oral medication or anesthetics.
2. If having congenital diseases or taking regular medicine, consult the doctor and notify the surgeon in advance.
3. If the disease can be permanently cured, treat it first. 
4. If the disease cannot be permanently cured, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease, control the body to normal condition first. 
5. Abstain or quit smoking at least 4 weeks before and after the surgery because it can slow down wound healing.
6. Abstain from alcoholic drinks the night before the surgery and 1 week after the surgery.
7. Abstain from anticoagulant drugs, such as aspirin, for at least 1 week before the surgery and other vitamins and supplementary diets, such as Vitamin E, fish oil, grape seeds, gingko leaves, and ginseng, etc. 
8. Patients that need inhaled anesthetic should abstain from drink and food at least 6-8 hours.
9. Prepare loose and easy to remove clothes. Abstain from applying lotion on the body in the morning of the surgery.
10. Prepare your mind and acknowledge that there might some bruises and changes after the surgery.

Treatment after the surgery
1. Be careful not to allow the wound to touch water for about 7 days after the surgery and clean the wound as suggested by the doctor. 
2. Wear the abdominal strap cloth at all times in the first month. Then wear tight clothes to prevent tearing of the sutured muscles and to reduce swelling. 
3. There might some bruises around the surgery area and they will disappear within 2-3 weeks. If there is pain, swelling, and reddening, see the doctor immediately. 
4. Within the first 1-2 weeks, slightly bend while walking to avoid the wound from tightening.
5. Able to eat food as normal, except alcoholic drinks.
6. Able to go back to work as normal within 2-4 weeks.
7. Able to do some activities, such as exercising, within 4 weeks. 

The doctor must evaluate your activity first. The scar will slowly reduce and flatten within 3-6 months after the surgery.

Thank you for the information from Khun Niphaphon Rakthongdaeng, Head of Bangmod Aesthetic Center. 

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