For many people, weight loss or pregnancy can be a journey. At the end of it, it can be disappointing to be left with pockets of stubborn fat or stretched skin. Unfortunately, these things don’t respond to diet and exercise. In these cases, a tummy tuck is one of the best options available. Whether you’ve already undergone a tummy tuck or are scheduling your consultation, it’s common to have questions about what to expect after your recovery. Here are some answers to common questions about tummy tuck surgery.
It’s important to remember that a tummy tuck is not a weight loss solution. You’re a good candidate if you’re at or near your ideal weight, meaning you won’t lose any substantial weight with a tummy tuck surgery. The amount of fat and skin removed during a tummy tuck surgery is usually not enough to affect the number you see on the scale, but rather your measuring tape and waist ratio.
It’s still possible to gain weight after a tummy tuck surgery, although it may not be as concentrated in your abdominal area. However, the remaining fat cells may still expand with weight gain, affecting your results. For this reason, it’s important to have a well-established exercise and diet regimen in place before you consider a tummy tuck.
Yes. A tummy tuck surgery does not affect your ability to have children, so you should make sure that you have no future plans for children when you undergo a tummy tuck. This is because pregnancy can negatively affect your results and you might require future correction. A tummy tuck can be extremely beneficial after you’ve gone through pregnancy, however, since it can correct stretched muscles and skin.
Ideally, you should only need one tummy tuck within your lifetime. You will still need to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. However, if you gain weight or experience unfavorable results, it’s advisable to wait at least six months between procedures to ensure that you’re fully healed and can benefit from another surgical procedure.
Maintaining your exercise regimen after a tummy tuck is vital to keeping your results slimmed and effective. If you don’t already have one in place, however, our doctors can help you create the right plan. Your healthy lifestyle plan should be based on burning more calories than you take in, as well as eating a varied diet with the right nutrients and vitamins. Dr. Homas or Dr. Brostrom can also recommend the right exercises to help tone and strengthen your abdomen for enhanced results.
If you think a tummy tuck is right for you and your body goals, then New Image Plastic Surgery can help. Dr. Homas and Dr. Brostrom can discuss your options and preferences during a consultation and make a recommendation for the right tummy tuck procedure for you. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.