Post-Weight-Loss Tummy Tuck Surgery Performed Near Wesley Chapel, FL
No matter how much you exercise or how healthy you eat, you may still have lax muscles and sagging skin in your abdominal region. These notoriously stubborn effects, which can result from weight fluctuations and the natural aging process, can be surgically addressed with a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). By tightening your abdominal muscles, trimming away loose skin, and removing excess fatty tissue, tummy tuck surgery can make your midsection appear both firmer and smoother.
Dr. John Roach is a double board certified plastic and general surgeon who practices in the Wesley Chapel, Florida, area, helping both men and women achieve their aesthetic goals with cosmetic surgery. When performing a tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Roach trims away excess skin and tightens the muscle “six-pack” to make the skin very taut and well contoured to the skeletal structure. If you’re interested in a tummy tuck, Dr. Roach can help you decide if this procedure is right for you.
Why Would You Need a Tummy Tuck After Weight Loss?
Pounds Often Persist in the Midsection
Everyone has a unique pattern of fat disposition during weight gain and loss. Many people find that as they lose weight, fat is reduced in certain parts of their body but persists in others. One area that is often resistant to weight loss is the midsection. This means you might still need a tummy tuck even after reaching your ideal body weight.
Loose Skin and Lax Muscles Are Bigger Issues
To a certain extent, the tone and contour of the abdominal region can be improved with exercise. But, the skin naturally loses elasticity over time, and once it has been overly stretched, it may not be able to effectively “snap back.” Additionally, the abdominal muscles can become very weak and possibly even separate (a condition known as diastasis recti). No amount of exercise can address these issues – only tummy tuck surgery can do that.
You’ll Still Want to Lose Weight Prior to Surgery
Ideally, you should lose whatever amount of weight you need to lose prior to undergoing tummy tuck surgery, because any weight loss (or gain) that occurs afterward could affect the surgical result. Additionally, weight loss after a tummy tuck may create loose skin, which is the main issue a tummy tuck is designed to address. Meanwhile, weight gain after a tummy tuck could lead to undesired fat accumulations in other parts of your body, such as your back, hips, or face.
If you’d like personalized advice on how to prepare for tummy tuck surgery, call Bayside Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Roach at his office in the Wesley Chapel, FL, area.