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How a Tummy Tuck Can Help You Keep the Weight Off

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Our tummies are, unfortunately, the hardest places to lose persistent fat. When you struggle for too long to lose weight, and when your healthy diet and exercises have failed, you may think there is no solution left. The good news is that there is always a solution, even for those few stubborn pounds left around your belly, so don’t despair. Tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) can help you lose those pesky fat deposits and help you prevent gaining unwanted pounds ever again. This article will explain how and why a tummy tuck can help you keep the weight off.

Long-lasting benefits

According to research, a tummy tuck is the third most popular plastic surgery procedure in the USA. Many decide to do it in the pre-beach season to transform their appearance for the summer. This procedure is popular around the world because of the incredible results and long-lasting benefits.

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Tummy tuck is the third most popular plastic surgery procedure in the USA

Contouring of the abdomen, removing excess skin and fat

Contouring the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat is the primary goal of the tummy tuck procedure. This means that it is not intended for weight loss purposes. However, weight loss is something that most people who undergo this procedure hope for. The main reasons why people decide to undergo this procedure are:

  • After one or more pregnancies – a tummy tuck can tighten weakened and stretched abdominal muscles, and it removes stubborn skin and fat deposits on your belly
  • For age-associated reasons – our skin loses elasticity, and the body’s ability to burn stored fat decreases
  • Because of weight changes, significant and quick weight losses

There are a few common misconceptions regarding abdominoplasty, including the one that only women decide to do it. Despite this belief, the fact is that a large number of men choose to undergo this procedure, and it’s no surprise. Men have a genetic predisposition to gain more belly fat as they age. Some people are also genetically predisposed to accumulate more belly fat than others, regardless of their gender.

A tummy tuck can help you keep the weight off by reducing your appetite

It’s not just about getting a tiny waist and an athletic-looking belly. One of the positive effects that you’ll have after the tummy tuck is that you’ll feel full much more quickly when you eat. People who have a lot of fat removed during their procedure are expected to continue losing weight. Many patients who have had a tummy tuck done report increased satiety and reduced appetite. Eating less while at the same time feeling less hungry may sound like a dream, but it’s a reality and one of the most obvious ways of how a tummy tuck can help you keep the weight off.

Restoring your self-confidence

We all know that belly fat is stubborn. Carrying a lot of pesky body fat and skin on your abdomen is discouraging and undoubtfully frustrating. People can easily start having depressing thoughts believing that they’ll never lose weight on their own, no matter how hard they try. In those cases, a tummy tuck is a real lifeline.

After the surgery and tummy tuck recovery, you’ll look in the mirror and finally be proud of what you see. That feeling can inspire you to maintain your results and body weight by committing to a healthier lifestyle.

Many people can attest to how they started to feel more comfortable in their bodies, finally, after many months or years of struggle. The improvements are not just of aesthetical and cosmetical value but primarily in restoring self-confidence. Everybody would agree that feeling comfortable in your own body can have an incredibly positive impact on many aspects of your life.

A real motivation to maintain a healthy body weight

If you previously had trouble sticking to a healthy diet and exercise and didn’t see many results, a tummy tuck surgery can be a trigger and a boost you need to stand by your healthy routine.

Abdominoplasty is your opportunity for a fresh start, to get you back on the right track to a more fulfilled life. You’ll be more motivated to maintain a good look and good shape, maybe even get defined abdominal muscles you always dreamed of. After a tummy tuck, it will be much easier to exercise regularly. It can help you stay motivated and keep up with it. Abdominoplasty can have notable improvements to your appearance, but to get the best possible results on the scale, you’ll need to put your time and effort into training. There’s just no substitute for exercising when it comes to losing and maintaining weight, so choose your favorite sports activity and dedicate yourself to it. It’s the key to maintaining a fit appearance long after the surgery.

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You’ll be more motivated to maintain a good look and good shape by exercising and eating healthy

Are you a candidate for this procedure?

There are two types of tummy tuck:

  1. A mini tummy tuck is for those with loss of elasticity of the lower abdomen skin, with no need for muscle tightening.
  2. An extended tummy tuck is for people with a lot of excess skin after a significant weight loss.

The right candidate for a tummy tuck procedure is a person of overall good health, with no underlying diseases, close to their ideal weight, who needs to sculpt their abdomen.

Of course, it requires careful thinking and consideration before making the final decision. It’s essential to be adequately informed by your doctor and be physically and mentally ready for plastic surgery. You’ll need to be familiar with all the details of the process and recovery.

The procedure lasts for about 2-3 hours, and it’s done under general anesthesia.The recovery period is usually around two weeks, and following the doctor’s advice during that period is absolutely necessary.The final results of a procedure become apparent six weeks after the surgery.

A chance to transform your lifestyle, not only your looks

Before deciding to undergo a tummy tuck procedure, you should do all the necessary consultations, tests, and medical examinations with your doctor. It’s crucial to have realistic expectations. A tummy tuck can help you keep the weight off, but getting long-lasting benefits and outstanding results requires discipline and effort on your behalf. Finally, the transformation of your body and consequentially the transformation of your whole life will be well worth it.

What Should I Expect During My Mommy Makeover Recovery?

Many patients decide to undergo Mommy Makeover surgery, which can reverse many of the adverse effects of pregnancy and childbirth. While most women prepare sufficiently for the days leading up to the surgery, not very many typically look into what they should plan for after their surgery is completed. 

 

So what should you expect during your post-op recovery? Here are some details on what you will likely experience and some tips on how to have a comfortable and smooth recuperation.

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What Happens After I Get Home?

Every Mommy Makeover is customized to match each patient’s needs, so the procedures that were included in your surgery will affect your recovery. 

 

Typically, the breasts and midsection are wrapped in a support bra or a compression garment. You may feel sensitivity and tightness in the chest region and experience mild bruising and swelling. Redness may also occur around the incision locations.

 

Discomfort can be addressed with prescription pain medication. Refrain from physical activities such as lifting, pulling, pushing, twisting, or anything that can irritate the skin or body. Your surgeon tracks your progress and will let you know when it is safe to resume regular activities.

How Can I Ensure a Comfortable Experience?

Establish a relaxing environment by preparing things prior to your surgery is the best way to make sure that you are comfortable and content during your recuperation. Some tips for a comforting atmosphere include:

 

  • Having all of your prescriptions filled before your procedure
  • Following all of your post-surgical care instructions
  • Arranging for adequate childcare, as you will be unable to lift anything
  • Scheduling a friend or loved one to drive you home and stay with you for the first few days
  • Stocking plenty of pillows where you will be spending most of your time
  • Sleeping and getting plenty of rest
  • Drinking water to stay hydrated
  • Gathering plenty of entertainment, such as books, magazines, television, electronic devices, and your cell phone
  • Being sure to have all charging cables and spare batteries handy
  • Beginning to walk around the house after the first day or two

When Can I Resume Work?

Every patient will feel different after their procedure, but most patients can return to work in a couple of weeks. 

 

After at least four weeks, you can begin introducing regular activities, as long as your doctor has cleared it. It is important to listen to your surgeon and your body; avoid overexerting yourself—it can prolong your healing process.

 

It will usually take a few months for you to feel back to normal. Remain patient with your recovery and get plenty of rest.

What Results Should I Expect?

Dr. Robert Wald takes his time with each patient to understand their desires and preferences and creates a personalized surgical plan accordingly. 

 

Mommy Makeover before and after photo

In their Mommy Makeover, most patients choose to include breast augmentation to enhance their breast volume and cleavage, a breast lift to improve their nipples and areolas while simultaneously raising the breasts, a tummy tuck to remove excess abdominal fat and skin for a tighter stomach, and liposuction to reduce fat in stubborn locations. 

 

Regardless of which procedures you decide to include in your Mommy Makeover, most patients feel a significant improvement in their overall body contour after they have healed. 

 

To learn more about Mommy Makeover surgery, please call our office for a consultation at (714) 312-3549. You can also fill out our contact form.

What Can I Expect After a Tummy Tuck?

Wald Patient Tummy Tuck. Before and AfterPeople choose tummy tuck surgery to restore the toned and lean contours of their abdomen following weight loss, pregnancy, or because they have age-related laxity. While a tummy tuck can transform the contours of your body, it does require a thorough surgery with a recovery period that will leave you out of commission for several days. However, most people feel that this recovery time is worth the dramatic results they achieve. Planning ahead for your tummy tuck can make the recovery process less intimidating.

Controlling Discomfort

 

While we all wish there were never any discomfort following surgery, some pain and discomfort are impossible to avoid. The tightening of abdominal muscles can be particularly troublesome for certain people. Luckily, pain medications taken on a strict schedule will alleviate the soreness. Most patients say the first 48 to 72 hours are the worst; after that time, milder pain medications can be used to control discomfort.

Changing Your Bandages

While it may sound intimidating, it is simple to change your bandages and clean your incisions. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions for the cleaning process, including telling you what materials can and can’t be used on the incision area. Proper care of the area helps prevent infection and decreases the chance of you developing unsightly scars.

Taking Time Off

You will spend the first 48 hours of your recovery with minimal exertion. You’ll likely feel tired, though you should get up and slowly walk around. Even after the first 48 hours, you need to take it easy. Your body is trying to heal itself, and incisions are still fresh. Placing stress on your body too quickly can slow the recovery process and put you at risk for tearing an incision. Depending on the physical nature of your work, most people can return to work within two weeks.

Wearing a Compression Garment

Throughout the recovery process, you will wear a compression garment, which reduces the amount of post-operative swelling and promotes further tissue contraction. This process helps you achieve your desired shape. While some people may find the compression garment uncomfortable at times, it is a key part of creating the look you want.

I Want My Pre-Baby Body Back!

Although they are a wonderful gift, a lot of sacrifices come with having children. A woman’s entire life changes when she decides to start a family. Among the most frustrating transformations involves her body. Pregnancy and breastfeeding wreak havoc on the physique; the stomach expands to make room for a growing baby, the body begins to develop excess fat, and the breasts change in size as they start to produce milk for breastfeeding. After childbirth, the body might not revert to its original, pre-baby state. Many women find that diet and exercise fail to address these inevitable changes. Mommy Makeover surgery is an ideal option many mothers consider.

What Can I Achieve With Mommy Makeover Surgery?

A Mommy Makeover combines procedures for postpartum body contouring. Breast and body procedures can help a woman to reverse the effects of pregnancy to create firmer, more youthful contours. Depending on the characteristics that need to be addressed, Dr. Wald can create an individual surgery plan for your Mommy Makeover.

Rejuvenate Sagging Breasts and Loss of Fullness

Breast Lift Before and After PhotosThe breasts are completely different following pregnancy. Once a woman is finished breastfeeding, she might start losing the volume and shape of the breasts she once had. Breast lift surgery is an ideal procedure performed to restore lost skin elasticity that causes the breasts to sag (ptosis) by lifting them into a more youthful position.

Increase the Size and Improve the Shape of the Breasts

Some women will lose a significant amount of breast volume after pregnancy and notice they no longer have the large, full breasts that they once had. Breast augmentation surgery is designed to change the size and shape of the breasts by inserting saline or silicone implants. With so many breast implant types and incision options, a woman can have breasts that uniquely fit with the rest of her body. Breast lift surgery is commonly combined with breast augmentation to create larger breasts while correcting ptosis.

Flatten the Abdomen and Restore the Abdominal Muscles

A developing baby needs room for growth. The stomach expands throughout pregnancy and often results in weak abdominal muscles, excess tissue, and stretch marks. Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, is designed to restore the abdominal muscles and get rid of the belly “pooch.” An incision is made from hip bone to hip bone just above the pubic line. Through the incision, fat is excised, and weak abdominal muscles are tightened and sutured together. Excess skin is removed, resulting in a reduction in stretch marks. Patients are happy with their slimmer, more toned abdomen.

Remove Unwanted Fatty Tissue

In addition to abdominal fat, many mothers gain excess bulges in other areas of their bodies. Even with a regular diet and exercise routine, unwanted fat is often unresponsive. Liposuction can be performed on any area of the body. Commonly, post-pregnancy women address the stomach, love handles, thighs, and hips. Liposuction involves the removal of excess fatty tissue using a cannula hooked up to a vacuum device. Many tummy tuck patients also undergo liposuction to help them achieve an overall better shape in the abdominal area.

 

If you are ready to get your pre-baby body back, Dr. Wald can help! He can evaluate your body and goals to help you decide on the right procedure for you. Schedule your consultation by calling us at (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.

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