A tummy tuck can produce long-lasting results that continue to boost your confidence and keep your abdomen looking taut and toned for many years to come. The trick to getting an optimal outcome is good preparation before the procedure and a commitment to maintaining your results afterward.
Hit the Right Weight
The best candidates for a tummy tuck are close to or have reached a stable, healthy weight. If you gain or lose too much weight after having a tummy tuck, you may undo the effects of the procedure. It’s worth the wait to delay your tummy tuck until you reach and are able to sustain your goal weight for several months.
Be Patient and Diligent
Your body will need time to heal after your tummy tuck. Be patient and strictly follow your plastic surgeon’s guidelines, which may include wearing a compression garment or an elastic bandage to support your abdomen and reduce swelling. You may be tempted to do too much too soon, but it’s important to take it easy and avoid over-exertion. Your plastic surgeon has years of training and experience behind her recommendations and offers you recovery guidelines to ensure a reasonable, effective recovery and to promote healing.
Maintain Your Results
Once your plastic surgeon gives you the green light to resume normal activities, your work isn’t done. To continue enjoying great results, you’ll need to maintain a stable weight through a healthy diet and regular exercise. Avoiding significant weight fluctuations is one of the most important things you can do to help maintain your tummy tuck results.
As with any cosmetic procedure, finding an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon is a critical factor towards your successful outcome.