Whether you have just lost a substantial amount of weight or are hoping to get back your pre-pregnancy figure, a tummy tuck is a great option to help address sagging abdominal skin and tighten abdominal muscles to give you back the firmer, flatter tummy you are hoping for. While the work done during a tummy tuck procedure is considered permanent, how long your tummy tuck results ultimately last depend on how you treat your body and the choices you make after your tummy tuck.
What Your Tummy Tuck Actually Does
A tummy tuck procedure addresses sagging, excess skin and stretched abdominal muscles. If you have stubborn fat deposits around your tummy, your surgeon may also recommend the addition of liposuction in order to achieve optimal body contouring results. When the surgeon removes excess skin and fat, these cells are permanently removed. The sutures used to tighten your abdominal muscles are designed to remain in place long-term.Lifestyle choices, such as unhealthy eating habits or pregnancy, can affect the long term effects of your tummy tuck.
How Long Your Results Last Depend on You
While tummy tuck and liposuction results are considered permanent in that the skin and fat cells are gone, it doesn’t mean that new cells will not take their place down the road. Following a healthy diet and a regular exercise routine will help you maintain a healthy weight and avoid adding additional fat to your middle. In addition, pregnancy can contribute to additional weight gain and the stretching of the abdominal muscles, undoing all your tummy tuck results. This is one reason most surgeons suggest waiting for a tummy tuck until after you have the family you want and do not plan on additional pregnancies.
A tummy tuck offers long-term results if you are willing to make the lifestyle changes you need. To learn more about how a tummy tuck can give you a flatter and more toned tummy, contact the team at Campanile Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation.