It is mostly during summer time that we want to look impeccable and fit like we had been doing physical exercises all winter while also keeping a strict eating regimen. But we all know that it is rarely the case to achieve the desired silhouette in a matter of a few months, especially if you are after a certain age and you have had multiple pregnancies. This is probably the reason why the demand for tummy tucks and liposuction increases exponentially when the warm months are close, despite the fact that none of the two procedures can and should be used for weight loss purposes.
The tummy tuck is a procedure that targets new mothers and people who had bariatric surgery or who undergone a massive weight loss in the past. Due to the candidates interested in the procedure, it is natural for the question about weight to occur: “how much weight can I lose with a tummy tuck?”
To see if the tummy tuck is in any way related to weight loss, we need to see what the procedure consists of.
The ins and outs of the tummy tuck surgery
Many plastic surgeons advertise the tummy tuck as the procedure to be performed when diets have failed to provide a good result in terms of remodeling of the abdominal area. Taking things literally, they are correct. The tummy tuck is performed exactly with the purpose to remodel the abdominal area and give the patient a flat and firm tummy. But when we say “the diets fail to provide a result” we are simply talking about the aesthetic aspect, not the weight loss issue. Many patients can have a balanced eating regimen, perform daily physical exercises and lead an active lifestyle in general and still not have a flat and firm tummy. And these are the cases when it is recommended to resort to plastic surgery to correct the area. If diets have failed in terms of providing the weight loss you expected, then you need to find another diet or physical exercise program or resort to bariatric surgery before looking for help in plastic surgery.
Let’s see more details about the abdominoplasty to understand better why it can’t be a substitute for diets and physical exercises.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and, depending on the amount of tissue to be removed and the association with other procedures, it can take between two and five hours. The surgical technique chosen depends on different factors and also the preference of the patient. The tummy tuck is often performed in association with liposuction when the patient has a thick adipose tissue in the area that needs to be reduced before excising the surplus skin.
During a traditional tummy tuck, the plastic surgeon will perform an incision in the lower part of the abdominal area, under the panty line. A second incision can be made around the belly button to allow its reposition to a normal position after the skin on the tummy has been re-draped. The skin and adipose tissue are lifted from the muscles up to the ribs. The abdominal muscles are strengthened if there is a need (diastasis recti after multiple pregnancies) and the umbilical hernia is corrected. Once this step is complete, the skin and fat tissue are pulled down again, and the excess is removed. The belly button is repositioned, and sutures are used to close the surgical incisions. To avoid blood and fluid accumulation at the surgical site, the plastic surgeon should insert one or two drain tubes on the incisions. The drain tubes should be kept for a few days until there is nothing draining through them.
As you can see, during the traditional tummy tuck surgery, the only weight loss that can occur is due to the removal of the abdominal apron that can be present in patients who underwent bariatric surgery. If you have minor sagginess in the abdominal area and a thick layer of fat, the traditional tummy tuck procedure will preserve the fat layer and just remove the excess skin. These are the disadvantages of the traditional method and the reason I have developed and prefer to perform the hourglass tummy tuck.
The hourglass tummy tuck starts with a liposuction that aims to reduce the thickness of the adipose layer in the area, hence reducing the circumference of the body. Then, I use the techniques of the traditional tummy tuck to strengthen the abdominal muscles, repair umbilical hernia and remove the excess skin and fat tissue. But the procedure is not complete yet. The next step is to use the fat that was harvested during the liposuction and inject it into the hips to provide beautiful curves. After the hourglass tummy tuck, the results are significantly superior compared to a traditional tummy tuck: the middle area is smaller, the midline is reshaped, and the hips are curvaceous; a fact that accentuates a small waist even more. As you can see from the description above, the hourglass tummy tuck doesn’t really do much in terms of weight loss, but due to the redisposition of fat, the silhouette is greatly improved, and the hourglass shape can even be achieved.
The results of the tummy tuck
While many patients ask about the weight loss that can occur, it is rare that they wonder about this once the procedure is performed. Especially when the hourglass procedure is performed, the shape of the body is more proportionate and harmonious, with beautiful curves and the decrease in centimeters so noticeable that there is no point in evaluating the results of the procedure by using a scale. However, a decrease in centimeters and in clothing sizes is always an outcome of the procedure. Keep in mind that the results of the tummy tuck are not visible immediately after the intervention. It takes time for the swelling to subside and for the body to heal, so allow at least a few weeks before evaluating the first results of the surgery.
The tummy tuck procedure is the only intervention that can provide you with a flat and firm abdominal area. If you are confronted with muscle diastasis or an umbilical hernia, no amount of physical exercise or diet would give you a firm abdomen due to these two conditions that can only be corrected with a surgical method.
The tummy tuck procedure will restore the contours of the body by making the abdomen flatter. Patients undergoing this procedure will get to feel and fit much better in their clothes and will be more self-confident after the procedure. In many cases, the physical remodeling involves changes on the psychological level, and the relationship with the plastic surgeon is important from both perspectives. This is the reason why I always mention the importance of a continuous relationship with the plastic surgeon once the surgery is completed.
You want to know How Much Weight Can I Lose With Liposuction?
The tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty in medical terms, is the plastic surgery intervention used to eliminate the excess skin and fat tissue from the abdominal area. More often than not, during this procedure, the plastic surgeon will also fix loose abdominal muscles, giving way to an abdominal wall that is firm and flat. The tummy tuck can be performed as a standalone procedure or in association with other interventions such as liposuction and the fat transfer.
The tummy tuck doesn’t constitute and shouldn’t be used as a substitute for a weight loss program or an adequate physical exercise routine. At the same time, you should know that the weight loss that occurs during the procedure is negligible compared to the aesthetic results and the reduction in centimeters that can be noticed after the procedure is performed.