A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can be a wonderful plastic surgery option for you if you have loose, excess skin around your abdomen that won’t respond to diet or exercise.
When excess skin and fat hang loose around the abdomen, it can drastically affect self-confidence and prevent you from living your life or even wearing the clothes you’d like to. Tummy tucks have helped thousands of patients correct their body shape after massive weight loss, pregnancy, and aging.
Often times, the skin and fat around the abdominal region can be very difficult to remove with diet and exercise. If you feel like you have tried everything to obtain the body you want, but are not able to get rid of some skin and fat, a tummy tuck may be the procedure you have been looking for.
While a tummy tuck may be able to correct your excess skin and fat, it is not a weight loss device. A tummy tuck is used to lift, reshape, and remove skin and fat around the abdominal area after weight loss or pregnancy.
If you are considering having a tummy tuck procedure, it is important that you consult with an experienced plastic surgeon if you are planning on losing a lot of weight in the future or would like to get pregnant in the future.
In order to save yourself the most time and money, you should wait to have your tummy tuck procedure until after you have lost the weight you’d like to lose and are not planning on having any more children.
“Tummy tucks aren’t weight loss procedures like gastric bypass surgery; I can provide a tummy tuck procedure, but if you lose large amounts of additional weight or become pregnant after your tummy tuck, you may lose some of the results and need to have another tummy tuck to regain the initial effects,” says Dr. O’Toole.
Prior to you tummy tuck, you should:
- Be close to your ideal weight.
- Have excess skin and fat you would like removed.
- Have realistic expectations.
- Be in overall good health.
- Have some skin elasticity.
The best way to determine if a tummy tuck procedure will provide you with the results you want, contact a plastic surgeon in your area. During your initial consultation you will be able to discuss your goals and expectations with your plastic surgeon. Your plastic surgeon will be able to suggest a proper diet to follow after your tummy tuck procedure that will allow you to benefit as much as possible from your tummy tuck.