Many people who have successfully lost a lot of weight have many reasons to be excited. However, at the end of your weight loss journey, you may still have loose, heavy folds of skin remaining to remind you of your former self.
A plastic surgery procedure called a tummy tuck can remove the extra skin and improve the shape and tone of your abdomen. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty surgery, will help flatten your abdominal region when diet, exercise, and weight loss alone have not done enough. A tummy tuck is not the same as liposuction, although you may decide to get liposuction as part of a tummy tuck. Here are some things you should know about getting a tummy tuck after weight loss, including ways to maintain excellent long-term results.
Get to a Stable, Healthy Weight First
If you have worked hard to reduce your stomach, but still find that you have excess skin and fat in the abdominal area, an abdominoplasty can provide you with the firm, flat belly you’ve always wanted. However, you should already be at a healthy body weight before you get your tummy tuck surgery. If you are in the process of losing weight and still have a little way to go before you reach your goal, you should postpone your surgery until you reach your ideal weight.
If you’re not sure whether you need to lose additional weight before your tummy tuck, talk with Dr. Alderman about your concerns. If you get a tummy tuck and then regain the pounds, it’s likely you will compromise the results of your surgery.
Decide Whether to Add Liposuction
As mentioned above, many patients achieve their best results by combining a liposuction with their tummy tuck. While a tummy tuck is the best way to address excess skin, it isn’t a solution for belly fat that fails to respond to diet and exercise. Liposuction is the best way to remove those stubborn fat pockets once and for all.
Since many people struggle with a combination of excess skin and fatty deposits around the midsection – even after losing weight – having these two procedures done simultaneously is often the best way to help those patients reach their goals. A board-certified cosmetic surgeon such as Dr. Alderman can add a liposuction to your tummy tuck to contour your waistline and really create the shape you want.
Choose What Type of Tummy Tuck You Want
If you only have excess skin below your navel, you are probably a good candidate for a mini-abdominoplasty, which is a less intensive procedure with a shorter recovery time. A full tummy tuck is for patients who also have separated abdominal muscles, often due to pregnancy. For patients who do not require muscle repair but do have excess skin both above and below their belly button, Dr. Alderman can tighten loose abdominal skin with incisions similar to a full abdominoplasty.
Eating a healthy diet is a key part of getting – and keeping – excellent tummy tuck results. Maintaining nutritious eating habits before getting surgery helps get your body in top condition. You’ll also need all those nutrients to fuel your recovery process.
Post-surgery, it’s even more important to keep up with your good eating habits to sustain your flat midsection over time. Being in great health can even help you heal faster! Load your plate with dark, leafy greens, fresh fruits, whole grains, lean protein, and plenty of fiber to stave off hunger cravings. Also, you should stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking plenty of water. Avoid sugary sodas and coffee, as the caffeine in those beverages can make you dehydrated.
Along with eating right, regular exercise is a key component to getting and maintaining great tummy tuck results. If you neglect your physical fitness, it’s only a matter of time before the bulge returns to your newly slimmer midsection. A consistent workout regimen will help you keep excess pounds off, so you can enjoy your new figure for many years to come. Leading an active lifestyle where you get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day can help keep you looking great all over.
Outstanding Tummy Tuck Results in Atlanta and Buckhead
At North Atlanta Plastic Surgery, Dr. Amy Alderman takes a personalized approach to tummy tuck surgery for both female and male patients. Schedule a consultation to discover Dr. Alderman’s warm, caring manner and patient-focused priorities.