Do You Lose Weight After a Tummy Tuck?

The skin in the abdominal area can become stretched and loose, often as a result of pregnancy, weight loss, or aging skin. This loose skin and other body changes can leave you feeling self-conscious. You may have tried lifestyle changes, only to find that your loose skin never goes away. A tummy tuck addresses loose skin and accumulated fat to achieve a flatter, smoother abdomen. 

What is a Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty?

People who have loose abdominal skin can often benefit from a tummy tuck. Also known as abdominoplasty, this procedure can be performed to address changes to the abdomen related to pregnancy, weight loss, and other causes. The procedure uses an incision hidden below the bikini line to lift and tighten excess skin while repairing the abdominal muscles or removing fat if needed. A tummy tuck can dramatically improve your self-confidence.

What Happens During a Tummy Tuck?

Your Specialty Aesthetics Surgery team will prepare you for your surgery, which takes place under general anesthesia. The procedure usually takes a few hours, depending on the details and complexity of the surgery. Your surgeon will use the incision to lift the loose skin and remove any excess. They may use an incision around the belly button to move it to a new, natural-looking location. 

Your surgeon may also repair your abdominal muscles, a key part of your abdominal core that often separates during pregnancy. They may also use liposuction to remove excess fat and sculpt the abdominal area and waistline. Liposuction is often used to achieve an overall more contoured appearance. 

Do You Lose Weight after a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure, and you should not enter into the procedure with the expectation that you will lose weight. However, some people will notice changes in their weight after their tummy tuck. Factors that affect whether you experience any weight changes include:

  • The thickness of your abdominal fat under the skin
  • The amount of overhanging skin removed
  • The amount of liposuction performed
  • Your overall pre-procedure weight

Some people who have a tummy tuck are concerned with loose skin and do not have much excess fat. Others may have an “apron” of fat and skin on the abdomen that a tummy tuck will remove. People who see the best results from their tummy tuck lead an overall healthy lifestyle and do not have large amounts of excess fat in the area. 

If the primary issue with your abdominal area is excess fat, your surgeon will discuss your options, including a tummy tuck, liposuction, and the benefits of maintaining your results with healthy lifestyle choices. 

What is Recovery Like After Abdominoplasty?

You can expect some pain, swelling, and bruising after your procedure. Your surgeon will prescribe medications as needed. You will not be able to lift anything so you will need assistance with childcare and other tasks. Your incisions may have drains to keep fluid from accumulating. Your surgeon will remove these at a follow-up visit. 

Most people return to work two to four weeks after a tummy tuck. You can resume your exercise routine, including careful lifting, after six weeks or when your surgeon approves. Each person’s recovery experience is unique, and your Specialty Aesthetics Surgery team will support you throughout. 

How Long Does a Tummy Tuck Last?

A tummy tuck is a life-changing procedure that provides a lifetime of results. Removed fat cells will not return, and your skin will remain tight unless it is stretched again. The best way to achieve life-long tummy tuck results is to lead a healthy lifestyle and maintain a consistent weight. 

Your tummy tuck results may change significantly if you experience major weight changes or another pregnancy. These factors can cause the abdominal skin to stretch again. Let your surgeon know if you are planning future pregnancies. They will often recommend that you wait till you are finished growing your family. 

Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

People considering a tummy tuck should be in good health and have reasonable expectations. Good candidates have loose abdominal skin and want to achieve a more sculpted abdomen. Ideal candidates plan to maintain a healthy lifestyle and do not plan to become pregnant in the future. 

What are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?

People who have tummy tucks experience many benefits

  • Clothes fit better
  • Feel more comfortable wearing what you like
  • Enjoy activities you used to avoid
  • Feel more youthful
  • Restore a pre-baby stomach
  • Achieve a more sculpted figure

The boost to your self-confidence should not be underestimated. If the appearance of your abdomen has held you back from fully enjoying your life, a tummy tuck can help you return to your confident self.

Take the Next Step – Request a Consultation

Want to learn more about tummy tucks? Schedule your consultation online or by calling Specialty Aesthetic Surgery at (212) 737-8700. We look forward to working with you!

Specialty Aesthetic Surgery serves the greater NYC metro area.

About Our Surgeons

Bruce Moskowitz is an experienced and board-certified oculoplastic surgeon. His practice encompasses all areas of oculoplastic cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He has a well-known reputation for revision surgery, and a large portion of his practice comes from other colleagues to revise sub-optimal outcomes.

Grigoriy Mashkevich is an experienced and double-board certified facial plastic surgeon. He belongs to a highly select group of surgeons with a focused specialization in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the nose, face, and neck. 

Dr. Anna Frants is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who is experienced in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Her areas of expertise include surgery of the face, neck, nose, eyelids, eyebrows, and ears. 

*Individual results may vary

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