Can Tummy Tucks Lead to Long-Term Weight Loss?
Getting a tummy tuck performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Bresnick is a life-changing experience. The popular procedure, also known as an abdominoplasty, is among the most effective ways to target a flabby midsection, eliminating excess fat and removing extra, stretched skin. The process restores your abdominal area, leading to a firmer, smoother, sleeker, and younger-looking silhouette — the look of your dreams.
But is it a weight-loss tool that can also help you keep in shape in the longer term? Who wouldn’t love the ability to wave a magic wand and instantly remove pounds and inches, while adding sexy definition? However, Dr. Bresnick will warn you in advance that you shouldn’t view a tummy tuck as a way to lose weight.
Going under the knife isn’t an alternative to the benefits of dieting and exercising. But what if you’ve exhausted your best efforts in those areas and still haven’t seen the results you want?
Heredity, the aging process, and perhaps even the effects of pregnancy could be getting in the way. Could a tummy tuck be a viable and effective solution that does help you lose weight and keep it off in the long term?
Keep reading and find out!
What Are Your Weight-Loss Goals?
With a tummy tuck, Dr. Bresnick will remove excess fat, stretched skin, and tissue from your midsection. This surgery provides long-term results you can trust to help you look great and do wonders for your self-confidence.
However, a tummy tuck alone may not be the answer if your primary goal is to lose weight. Dr. Bresnick may not consider you a good candidate if that’s your sole reason for seeking surgical intervention.
Who Is a Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery in Encino, CA?
We do not recommend tummy tuck surgery for patients who struggle with obesity. The best candidates for tummy tucks are those who have established a healthy lifestyle through exercise and diet and who are close to achieving their desired results, but who can’t quite reach that final goal of a tight midsection.
Your decision to have a tummy tuck is something you should do for yourself, not to please someone else or meet an unrealistic beauty standard. In addition, to be a good tummy tuck candidate, you should:
- Be at a stable weight and physically healthy
- Have realistic expectations
- Be a nonsmoker
- Have abdominal trouble spots such as diastasis recti, a muffin top or loose, flabby skin
How Can a Tummy Tuck Help You Lose Weight?
For people who are already close to their target weight, undergoing a tummy tuck is an excellent way to reach their goal. During the procedure, Dr. Bresnick removes the excess skin and sagging skin folds.
But how will the surgery help to keep the weight off in the long term?
- Neuroendocrine system: One theory suggests that removing abdominal tissue adjusts the neuroendocrine system, decreasing appetite-promoting hormones generated by the body.
- Realigned abdominals: In some cases, during a tummy tuck, Dr. Bresnick can realign the abdominal muscles and their connective tissues that might have become separated. During this procedure, he reinforces the tissue joining the abdominal wall’s lateral halves, tightening the abdominal muscles and leading to a tighter belly. This “corseting” effect can even reduce your stomach’s capacity by tightening the belly.
- Having a tighter abdomen: A tighter belly may help you feel fuller for longer after a meal, and this might be effective in ensuring long-term weight loss after having a tummy tuck. One study found that patients who’d had a tummy tuck experienced greater satiety after eating, which made maintaining weight loss easier.
How Do You Maintain Your Results?
If you return to an unhealthy lifestyle after your weight loss, you might be disappointed to find that you have gained some of it back. And if you have your tummy tuck before completing your family, you may also experience a setback.
If you maintain a stable weight, you can rest assured that your incredible tummy tuck results will last in the long term. However, to ensure they do, following all the aftercare results as prescribed by Dr. Bresnick will help you heal correctly. After you recovery, you can get started on the path to a healthier, slimmer you. Beginning with following a healthy diet, exercising, maintaining your weight, and avoiding gain, you should be able to keep your newly tightened belly.
Ready to Take the Next Step in Los Angeles?
Once you’re ready to schedule that tummy tuck or discuss your options, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Bresnick is ready to help you all the way. As one of the most sought-after and extensively trained board-certified plastic surgeons in the Los Angeles area, he has earned a reputation for his compassionate approach and superior artistry. Call us at (818) 981-3333 or contact us today to schedule your consultation.