If having a mini abdominoplasty, then transferred to the hotel
Day 4 - Transfer to hotel
Discharged from clinic and transferred to hotel
If having a mini abdominoplasty, then transfer to airport for departure
Day 5 - 7 - Recovery
Continue to recover at hotel
Post-op checks to be done at clinic during recovery days
Day 4 - 8 - Departure (varies by treatment)
Transfer to airport for departure
If you are allergic to any drugs, please inform your doctor during the consultation.
If you're taking medications for chronic illnesses or if you have any other health conditions, inform the clinic beforehand.
Medications to be stopped before surgery (always consult your GP first before stopping any medication):
Metformin: at least 48 hrs before surgery – if using insulin, then increase the dose to maintain good blood sugar. If not on insulin, then you should maintain a strict diet with no or minimal sugar intake for the 48 hours before the operation.
Aspirin/Clopidogrel: at least 10 days before surgery
Warfarin: about 3-5 days before surgery and replace with short acting anticoagulant medication/injections. Your GP will know the optimal dose to maintain coagulation profile according to your need.
Do not have any food or drink after midnight the day before the operation (fast for at least 8 hours).
Do not smoke after midnight the day before the operation.
Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.
You will need to have a wound drain to remove any blood or secretions. This will be removed after about 1 week (usually during your first bandage change).
If you have excessive redness, pain or increased amounts of secretions from your wound in the first week, contact your consultant.
Do not drink alcohol when taking any medications.
Do not smoke. This has a negative influence on wound healing by worsening the circulation to body tissues and lowering the body’s ability to regenerate.
Try to stand and walk as early as the day after your operation to help speed your recovery and prevent venous thromboses and obstructions. You may have to lean forward slightly due to tension around your wound.
To relieve tension around the wound during the first week, sit with your legs bent at the hip and knees and increase your back support. Use cushioning underneath your knees to help.
If you have had abdominal muscle tightening, avoid eating foods that could cause flatulence. Get out of bed by rolling onto your side before sitting up while not tensing your abdominal muscles. Avoid excessive use of your abdominal muscles through excessive coughing or sneezing.
You can shower from the 4th day after the operation. Apply an antiseptic balm, such as Betadine, after every shower.
Avoid taking a bath for 1 month as this could slow healing, increase swelling or contaminate the wound.
Always wear your compression garment (except when showering) for the first 14 days, making sure it’s positioned correctly (you will also need to keep the garment clean).
Do not expose your scar to sun for 1 year. As the scar tissue heals, it may permanently darken if exposed too early. Use an SPF 50+ sunscreen or cover up the wound.
Your wound will be reddish about about 6 months and then began to become paler.
It is recommended to massage your scar to help it soften faster.
Dr. Ivan Justan, MD
Years of experience
Medical degree - Masaryk University, Faculty of Medicine, Czech Republic
Memberships & Awards
10+ publications in national and international publicationsBronze Medal - Goteborg University, 2009The Best Poster - European Congress of Hand Surgery FESSH, Poznan 2009