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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.

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