Whether you have lost a significant amount of weight, have a post-pregnancy pouch, or simply want a more toned tummy, a tummy tuck is a major investment in your appearance. You want to make sure that your tummy tuck results are here to stay, and these five tips will help you keep your tummy toned and ready to show off.
1. Follow Your After-Care Instructions
After your tummy tuck procedure, your surgeon will send you home with comprehensive instructions on what to do after your procedure. These instructions will include everything from arranging help at home to how to take care of any abdominal drains and when to wear your compression garments. Following these instructions is the first step to ensuring your tummy tuck results.
2. Eat a Healthy Diet
During recovery, eating a healthy balance of fruit, vegetables, protein and grains is essential to promote healing. Once your recovery is over, following this healthy diet helps to ensure your body gets the nutrients it needs and helps you stay at a healthy weight that allows you to maintain your body contouring results.
3. Exercise Regularly
A tummy tuck procedure not only removes excess skin, but also tightens the abdominal muscles. Keeping these muscles toned requires a regular exercise routine. Aerobic exercises, as well as stretching and strengthening exercises should be a part of your daily routine.
4. Maintain Your Ideal Weight
While we have mentioned eating a healthy diet and a regular exercise routine, the ultimate goal of both is to help you maintain your ideal body weight. While a few pounds are unlikely to affect your tummy tuck results, gaining a more significant amount of weight can alter your tummy appearance, often undoing the new body contours from your tummy tuck.
5. Avoid Pregnancy
In most cases, your surgeon will advise you to schedule your tummy tuck after you have completed your family. This is because pregnancy after a tummy tuck is likely to undo all the work your surgeon did. Muscles will stretch and separate, skin will stretch, and weight gain around the abdomen is common. In order to maintain your tummy tuck results, you want to avoid pregnancy.
If you are considering a tummy tuck, Dr. Campanile can help you decide on either a traditional tummy tuck or the unique C.L.A.S.S.™ tummy tuck. Call (720) 336-4591 today to schedule a consultation.