If you’ve undergone pregnancy or dramatic weight loss, then you probably know how difficult it is to restore the natural shape of your abdominal area. You might be dealing with excess fat and loose skin that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise. A permanent solution to these concerns is by getting a tummy tuck at eSSe Plastic Surgery in Fort Lauderdale, FL. This procedure offers beautiful and long-lasting results.
Is a Tummy Tuck Permanent?
The results of your tummy tuck procedure are considered permanent. As long as you prevent significant weight gain in the future, you can keep your results for a long time. The skin we remove during your procedure is not expected to grow back, and the internal sutures we place to tighten and repair your abdominal muscles do not dissolve.
If you do gain a lot of weight in the future, the remaining fat cells in your abdomen and other areas will still expand. On the other hand, significant weight loss can cause your remaining skin to become loose or saggy.
How To Achieve Long-Lasting Results After a Tummy Tuck
Plastic surgery does not stop the aging process, so you’ll need to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle to maintain your results. This means you have control over your new body contour and how long it lasts. If you can prevent significant weight gain in the future, there will be no need to undergo a second surgery.
Take Good Care of Your Body
Once you have fully recovered from your procedure, you’ll enjoy having a smoother and tighter midsection. The removal of excess skin will make your abdominal area look natural. However, to ensure that you can maintain the same look for many years, we recommend that commit to a healthy diet and exercise routine.
There’s no need for you to train like an athlete or bodybuilder after cosmetic surgery. As long as you eat balanced, nutritious meals and stay active, you can easily maintain your results. We recommend that you engage in moderate-intensity physical activities for at least two to three hours a week. The key is to make sure that you’re on track with a healthy lifestyle, so you don’t experience unwanted physical changes that can undo your surgery results.
Follow Our Post-Operative Instructions
A smooth recovery will help you achieve long-lasting, ideal results from your procedure. We will provide you with personalized post-operative instructions to help you heal successfully in the weeks after.
If you have any questions or concerns during recovery, don’t hesitate to contact our team. We will monitor your healing process to make sure that your body is recovering from your surgery as expected.
Prepare for Your Procedure
Lastly, you must make sure that you are fully prepared for major surgery if you want to achieve permanent results. Are you within your goal weight before getting an abdominoplasty? Any significant weight fluctuations, such as weight gain or weight loss of seven percent of your current body weight, can lead to visible changes in your body contour and skin elasticity.
Additionally, you must understand that keeping your plastic surgery results requires commitment and consistency. Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy diet before and after your procedure are the keys to enjoying long-term, permanent results. Crash diets and extreme weight loss before your procedure are not recommended, as these are unsustainable means of achieving your goal weight.
What Happens During a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is also known as an abdominoplasty. This procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia, and it is considered major surgery. Therefore, we need to ensure that you are fully prepared for this procedure and have realistic expectations about your results.
You’ll be able to go home on the same day, but you can expect a healing and recovery period of about six weeks.
Abdominoplasty involves making a horizontal incision between your pubic hairline and belly button. Depending on your needs and desired results, we may use a hip-to-hip incision or a smaller incision at the bikini line. The goal of abdominoplasty is to tighten your core, eliminate excess tissues, and give your abdomen a smoother overall appearance.
Through the horizontal incision, we will suture and repair your underlying abdominal muscles and pull down your skin. If you have separated muscles after pregnancy, we will restore the natural structure of your abdominal muscles. Next, any excess skin is trimmed, so that we can achieve a tighter, smoother appearance once we suture your remaining skin together. We may reposition your belly button to a higher, more natural-looking appearance. Lastly, we will close your incision.
The Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
If lifestyle changes can’t help you achieve a flatter, smoother, and tighter abdominal contour, an abdominoplasty can help you achieve dramatic changes in your body contour. After we’ve removed your excess skin through surgery, the overall result is a more natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing midsection.
After we’ve sutured and repaired your stretched abdominal muscles, you should have a stronger, tighter core. Excess weight, especially during pregnancy, can cause your abdominal muscles to stretch out and become loose. Strength training can help restore the tightness of your core over time, but surgery can repair these damaged muscles right away. After abdominoplasty, you’ll find that your abdominal muscles provide you with better support and they contract more easily.
Tighter, Smoother Skin
If you have undergone significant weight loss, getting cosmetic surgery can be the perfect finishing touch to your body transformation journey. We can remove the loose, excess skin that results from losing a lot of weight. As a result, you can be more comfortable with your clothes and enjoy more clothing options without having to deal with drooping folds of skin.
Aesthetically Pleasing Body Contour
An abdominoplasty is not just for those who have undergone dramatic weight loss. It’s also a procedure that’s good for those who would simply like to improve their body contour if lifestyle changes and minimally invasive treatments haven’t helped them achieve their desired results. With surgery, we can instantly and carefully remove your excess skin, so that you can achieve a toned, flatter look that will make you feel self-confident.
Who Can Get This Procedure?
An abdominoplasty can be an excellent choice for you if you are looking for dramatic changes in your appearance. Our plastic surgeons can help you visibly improve your abdominal area by eliminating your excess fat and skin.
To know whether you are a good candidate for this procedure, our team will ask about your goals, your expectations, and review your general medical history.
Those Who Have Reached a Healthy Weight
We recommend abdominoplasty to those who have finished losing weight or are near their ideal weight. While you don’t need to be at your goal weight before your surgery, any significant weight fluctuations can affect your overall results. Therefore, to prevent any loose skin after abdominoplasty, you should be able to maintain a stable weight before and after your procedure.
Women Who Are No Longer Planning To Have Children
Getting an abdominoplasty doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t have a safe pregnancy anymore. The procedure does not affect your fertility or chances of having a healthy pregnancy. You can still definitely have children after your surgery, but doing so will greatly affect your results. If you want to get an abdominoplasty with permanent results, you must be sure that you are no longer planning to have a baby.
Pregnancy will still cause your skin and muscles to stretch to accommodate a growing baby. If this happens, you might need another surgery to maintain your pre-pregnancy body.
Those Who Are in Good Health
If you’re in good health and do not have medical conditions that can affect your procedure, then you might be a good candidate for abdominoplasty. Good candidates for plastic surgery are also non-smokers, have no chronic illnesses, and are prepared for general anesthesia and recovery.
During your initial consultation, we will review your general medical history before recommending this major procedure to you. It takes about six weeks to recover from abdominoplasty, so you should be in good health and able to prepare for your recovery period.
Improve Your Body Shape and Contour
With plastic surgery, you can achieve the dramatic transformation you desire. Are you ready to get closer to your body goals and change how you see yourself? Contact eSSe Plastic Surgery in Fort Lauderdale, FL to schedule a consultation. We will help you achieve beautiful, long-lasting results that will boost your self-confidence.