Tummy Tuck: The After Weight Loss Surgery
Weight loss surgery followed by changes in your lifestyle will naturally lead to the rapid burn and elimination of fat, but you aren’t always left with the smooth, trim body that you imagined going into the surgery. Your skin stretched to accommodate excess stored fat, and it may not automatically shrink back up when you lose the weight. Loose skin may interfere with your ability to exercise and can compromise your quality of life, and just as you wouldn’t wear the same pants you wore before your weight loss, you are in the same skin that is often just “too big” and doesn’t “fit.” It’s at this stage that you may decide to join the thousands of other people in Las Vegas and all over the world who have tummy tucks after weight loss surgery.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
The tummy tuck procedure is medically referred to as abdominoplasty. Many people associate the procedure with fast weight loss, but it actually isn’t a weight loss procedure. It is designed to shape, flatten and strengthen the abdominal area, which is why you may go through this procedure after you have received your weight loss surgery and have lost a significant amount of weight.
Your plastic surgeon will evaluate you and determine how to best use this procedure to reshape your figure and provide you with the look you want, but the primary goal is typically to remove excess skin and create a smooth, firm midsection that is aesthetically pleasing. To accomplish this, a board-certified plastic surgeon will make an incision near your pubic area and potentially around your navel. This allows access to your abdominal area for the removal of excess skin. You may also benefit from having your abdominal muscles tightened during the procedure.
Tummy Tuck Safety Concerns
Complications are rare, but you can expect bruising and swelling immediately after the surgery; some patients may also experience temporary numbness. The risk of infection is low when you work with a board-certified plastic surgeon and follow their post-operative care instructions carefully.
If you’re ready to complete your weight loss transformation with the safe removal of excess abdominal skin, schedule an appointment with Plastic Surgery Associates to discuss your options.