Major life changes such as significant weight loss or pregnancy can result in excess skin in the abdominal area. This issue can be corrected with a common cosmetic procedure called abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
During this procedure, a Dr. Zimmerman removes loose skin and excess fat from the abdominal area and tightens the underlying muscular structure. Although the results of a tummy tuck are meant to be permanent, some maintenance will be necessary to ensure that results can be maintained in the months and years following surgery.
How Can I Maintain the Results of my Tummy Tuck?
The most important way to ensure that the results of your tummy tuck last a lifetime is to avoid large fluctuations in weight. While gaining weight will disrupt the effects of the abdominoplasty, losing large amounts of weight is also not recommended, since that will create additional excess skin beyond what’s already been removed. The best strategy is to achieve your ideal weight prior to having the procedure. While small fluctuations in weight should not have any effect, a change in either direction of more than 20 pounds after the surgery may compromise your results.
Eating a healthy diet is the most important way to stabilize your body weight. Focus on eating a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low fat dairy and lean protein to ensure that you are able to remain at your ideal weight.
Exercise is also an essential part of tummy tuck maintenance. Experts recommend that you strive for 30 minutes of exercise on most days of the week, with a combination of cardiovascular fitness and weight training. More exercise may be required to avoid weight gain if you have ingested more than your normal amount of calories, so consider increasing your exercise regimen after vacation or around the holiday season.
Many patients opt to get a tummy tuck in conjunction with weight loss surgery. If that is your situation, make sure that you follow any post-surgery advice and guidelines closely to ensure that you maintain the results of both surgeries.
Once you’ve achieved your weight goal, a tummy tuck is a great way to remove stubborn fat deposits and unattractive excess skin, allowing you to show off your new body all year long. Keeping up with the good lifestyle habits that allowed you to lose the weight in the first place is essential to ensure that you protect the results of your abdominoplasty and look your best for a lifetime.
At Las Vegas Laser and Lipo, our medical team, led by Dr. Edward Zimmerman, can help you get the smooth, tight abdomen you want. We will work with you to ensure you get the best possible results. We’ll review post-operative instructions with you and offer suggestions as to how you can maintain the great results of your tummy tuck. Contact Las Vegas Laser and Lipo today to schedule your consultation.