Keep the fat off: New research suggests tummy tucks can lead to lasting weight loss
More people are opting to undergo a tummy tuck procedure following significant weight loss to remove their excess skin and to help maintain their new figure.
A study in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery by Swiss researchers suggests that patients who have undergone abdominoplasty following bariatric surgery (a procedure which reduces the size of the stomach to help patients reduce food intake and lose weight) were more likely to keep weight off, regaining an average of less than 1 kilogram a year compared with 1.8 kilograms annually for bariatric patients who didn’t have abdominoplasty procedures.
Dr Margaret Anderson has found this new study to be of interest to for many of our patients who are concerned about their sagging skin and excess belly fat, following bariatric surgery.
In the study, Tripp Holton, assistant professor of plastic surgery at the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine stated that contouring procedures such as a tummy tuck can provide “a second wave of elation” that helps a patient maintain their new shape and may also help motivate the patient to lose more weight if necessary.
We understand the frustrations and concerns you may face following your weight loss/bariatric treatment, such as sagging, extra skin and stubborn deposits of belly fat. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Tummy tuck: What it is and what it is not
A tummy tuck is not a weight loss solution; that is where dieting and exercise come into play. However, in instances where no amount of dieting and exercise can get rid of small pockets of fat, abdominoplasty may be the best solution for you. This procedure can target these areas of stubborn fat deposits and can also remove folds of skin after excess weight loss, or pregnancy.
While the primary purpose of abdominoplasty is to remove fat deposits in the body to improve your self-confidence and appearance, there are further additional health benefits following this type of procedure.
- Skin tightening and weight loss
- Tightening of lax skin and muscle.
- Reduction of overly full hips
- Elimination of unsightly scars, surface irregularities, wrinkling and striae
- Flattening of the abdomen
- Remove sagging skin, stubborn belly fats and Motivates patients to maintain their new figure
Personal appearance & self esteem
- Convenience and comfort in dressing,
- Better pose in standing and walking,
- Increased activity and markedly improved self-esteem and self-confidence
Additional health benefits
- Improves chronic lower back pain due to functional incompetence of the anterior abdominal wall.
Always follow a healthy exercise and eating plan to maintain your new shape following your tummy tuck procedure
However, it is important to realise that abdominoplasty should not be used as the sole provider for actively trying to maintain your natural health. Our team will never suggest using a tummy tucks as a means to replace healthy eating and exercise. It is important to follow a healthy diet and exercise routine as your body is not going through the process to improve things like your muscular performance, high blood pressure and physical fitness, with cosmetic surgery.
What happens before and after the procedure?
Before you undergo any form of cosmetic surgery we have a consultation with you. This includes a physical examination as well as a discussion about your medical history. We then will discuss with you all of your options regarding procedures, post-operative care: we will also answer any of questions you may have. After all, this is about your body so please feel free to ask any questions you may have regarding our range of procedures. Post-operative care involves changing the dressing around every three to four days. The wound will be taped up for around a month (depending on the level of surgery you have).