How much weight do you lose with a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures used to sculpt your midsection and transform your body. During a tummy tuck procedure, the doctor repairs abdominal muscles, removes excess or sagging skin tissues, and removes excess fat tissues to give you an attractive midsection. However, a tummy tuck is a sculpting procedure, and it shouldn’t be confused with a weight loss procedure.
Patients often seek tummy tuck procedures because they think it will help them lose significant weight. That is inaccurate and a recipe for disappointment. Tummy tucks are suitable for those who are close to their ideal body weight and want a procedure to sculpt their abdomen to look more attractive. The tummy tuck procedure will make it seem like you’ve lost a lot of weight, but the actual weight loss will be minimal. Ultimately, the precise amount of weight loss in scales doesn’t really matter because you’ll look better regardless.
The amount of weight loss depends on excess skin tissues.
After a tummy tuck, most of your weight loss occurs due to the removal of excess skin tissues. Most patients are shocked to find out how much their excess or sagging skin tissues weigh. Patients who have undergone significant weight loss, either after drastic weight loss due to exercising or weight loss post-pregnancy, have loose or sagging skin tissues. As such, if you have a lot of sagging skin, you can expect considerable weight loss. Some patients even lose 10 pounds or more after the tummy tuck procedure.
Opt for a tummy tuck after losing weight.
As mentioned previously, a tummy tuck is a powerful body sculpting procedure used to tighten your abdominals and improve its general appearance. Most of the weight loss after tummy tucks occur because of the removal of skin tissues rather than fat tissues. As such, a tummy tuck isn’t ideal for those who are obese or want to lose a drastic amount of weight. You should lose weight, getting as close to your ideal weight as possible, and then opt for a tummy tuck to sculpt your body.
You will need to continue working to maintain the tummy tuck’s results.
The tummy tuck procedure results can last a lifetime, but only if you’re careful and make the appropriate lifestyle adjustments. The following tips will help you maintain your tummy tuck’s results:
- Avoid body weight fluctuations, either increasing or decreasing weight.
- Exercise regularly and eat a balanced and healthy diet to prevent weight gain.
- Follow all of your doctor’s post-procedural recovery guidelines.
- Future pregnancies are safe, but they may reverse the results of the tummy tuck procedure.
At SGK, Dr. Kim will carefully examine your body to curate the ideal treatment plan to help you achieve a perfectly sculpted and tight abdomen. You can learn more about tummy tucks by scheduling an appointment online.