Tummy Tuck after Weight Loss
By Sheryl Pilcher on December 12, 2018
Losing weight can give you a major boost in confidence. If you have lost a substantial amount of weight, either through diet and exercise or bariatric surgery, sagging, dropping skin in the abdominal area can be eliminated with a tummy tuck.
Excess tissue can prevent you from showing off your improved figure. At our San Antonio, TX practice, Dr. Sheryl Pilcher can perform a tummy tuck after weight loss to help patients achieve the smoother, firmer abdomen they desire.
Do I Qualify for a Tummy Tuck after Weight Loss?
First, if you are considering a tummy tuck, it is important to be at a healthy, stable weight. Candidates should not smoke, and should be in good overall health, free of any medical conditions that could make cosmetic surgery a risk.
Patients should understand that a tummy tuck is cosmetic in nature and is not intended as a weight loss procedure. During a consultation at our practice, Dr. Pilcher can determine if you are a good candidate for this type of treatment.
Combining a Tummy Tuck with Other Procedures
Many patients who have lost a significant amount of weight combine a tummy tuck with other body contouring procedures. Some of the most common cosmetic procedures performed at our practice include:
- Arm lift
- Thigh lift
- Breast lift
Combining two or more cosmetic procedures can deliver comprehensive results.
What to Expect
To perform a tummy tuck, Dr. Pilcher creates an incision from one hip bone to the other. She will tighten the underlying muscles, trim away excess skin, and reposition the navel. Finally, the remaining skin is stretched taut and sutured into place.
Following your tummy tuck, bandages and surgical drains will be placed to help control post-surgical bleeding and swelling. You will be provided with instructions that will help you enjoy a comfortable and successful recovery. Overall, most patients will require at least two weeks off of work.
Benefits of a Tummy Tuck after Weight Loss
A tummy tuck can deliver satisfying, long-lasting results. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, most patients who undergo this procedure enjoy high rates of sustained weight loss. This is because the dramatic results inspire and motivate patients to continue living a healthy lifestyle.
To maintain tummy tuck results, patients should eat a well-balanced diet and exercise regularly. If you gain weight after your surgery, it will negate the results of your treatment.
Contact Accent Plastic Surgery Today
Are you happy with your weight, but concerned about the sagging skin left behind? If so, a tummy tuck could be an excellent treatment option for you. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Pilcher, call us at (210) 654-9900 or contact us online anytime.
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