When most tummy tucks patients in Long Island think about the procedure, they generally think in terms of the procedure itself. What will happen when I go under the knife? What happens afterward? When can I get back to work? These are all common concerns and yet many patients are missing a huge piece of the puzzle. What happens before you go in for surgery? If you smoke, your doctor may stress the need to stop smoking several weeks before the surgery. Smoking can significantly retard your rate of healing and increase the likelihood of complications. In addition, not eating shortly before surgery and not taking blood thinners like Aspirin is key. In fact, it could make the difference between a post-surgical drain and a drain free tummy tuck with an experienced surgeon. However, there are a few easy things you can do before your surgery to significantly improve your experience. Especially if you are going in for a full mommy makeover, you will see a dramatic difference.