Cross Your “Weight-Loss Finish Line” With a Tummy Tuck Performed Near Trinity, FL
If you’ve lost a significant amount of weight, good for you! However, like many other adults who have successfully completed a weight-loss journey, you may be left with loose, heavy folds of skin in your midsection that resist the effects of diet and exercise.
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure that can improve the shape and tone of your abdomen by tightening weak muscles and trimming sagging skin. While a certain amount of fatty tissue can also be removed, it is important to understand that a tummy tuck is not a weight loss method. Rather, it is intended to refine the result of weight loss and complement a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. John Roach is a double board certified plastic and general surgeon who performs tummy tucks and other cosmetic procedures near Trinity, Florida. If you’re considering a tummy tuck after weight loss, Dr. Roach can provide you with personalized guidance and explain how to best maintain your surgical result.
First, Achieve a Stable, Healthy Body Weight
If you are currently in the process of losing weight and still have a little way to go before reaching your goal, Dr. Roach recommends postponing your tummy tuck surgery until you achieve your ideal body weight. Weight fluctuations after a tummy tuck can compromise your surgical result.
If you’re unsure whether you need to lose additional weight before your tummy tuck, talk with Dr. Roach. He often assists patients with weight loss prior to surgery, and he can incorporate diet, personal training, and other techniques into your plastic surgery experience to help ensure the best possible outcome.
Second, Consider Liposuction
If you have small pockets of residual fat in your midsection but your skin elasticity is good and your abdominal muscles are relatively tight, you may be able to achieve the result you are looking for with liposuction, which is less invasive than a tummy tuck. The goal of abdominal liposuction is to not remove as much fat as possible, but rather to sculpt the fat into the proper proportions to create a highly contoured abdomen. However, unlike a tummy tuck – which can tighten the muscle “six-pack” to make the skin very taut and well contoured to the skeletal structure – liposuction will have no effect on loose skin or lax muscles.
With all of that said, liposuction and a tummy tuck are not mutually exclusive procedures. In fact, many patients choose to incorporate both into a more comprehensive treatment plan. After discussing your concerns, preferences, and goals, Dr. Roach can recommend the most appropriate surgical approach for you.
For more than a decade, Dr. Roach has been helping men and women achieve their appearance-related goals with cosmetic surgery, and he may be able to help you, too. If you’d like to explore tummy tuck surgery with Dr. Roach, call Bayside Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to schedule an appointment at his office in the Trinity, FL, area.