Posted October 25, 2023 in Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
A tummy tuck is transformative—but it’s certainly not magic. Many patients who are interested in the slimming and contouring procedure are under the impression that their results are set for life. While you can expect permanent fat and skin removal, changes to the body, such as hormonal fluctuations and weight gain, can affect the longevity of your slim midsection.
You can take some steps to maintain the best results of your tummy tuck; keep reading to see how.
What Does a Tummy Tuck Do?
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a revolutionary procedure unlike any other. A tummy tuck can:
- Remove sagging skin due to weight loss or fluctuations
- Tighten separated abdominal muscles due to pregnancy or weight gain
- Be combined with liposuction for targeted fat removal
- Contour and reshape the midsection for a slim abdomen
A tummy tuck is ideal for patients experiencing skin laxity due to aging, residual effects from pregnancy, or significant weight loss. As our skin stretches to accommodate changes to the body, sometimes it does not stretch back. This can result in sagging, loose skin, which can appear as an unsightly “pouch” in the lower or mid-abdomen. It is impossible to remedy this completely without surgery.
Additionally, the abdominal muscles can stretch and separate in a similar manner. This is called diastasis recti, which is just as challenging to fix.
A tummy tuck can address all of these issues and produce a flat, smooth abdomen.
How to Maintain the Results of Your Tummy Tuck
Once you undergo a tummy tuck, it can be tempting to think you’re set. However, your body can continue to change. Additional weight gain can affect your results. This is why it’s essential to adopt a healthy diet and exercise regimen that you can maintain to support (and even improve) the results of your tummy tuck. So when should you start? As soon as possible!
Below, we will describe a timeline for preparing and maintaining your ideal body and tummy tuck.
It is always recommended that you begin eating healthy and exercising before your tummy tuck. This is because abdominoplasty is not a weight loss solution but a body contouring procedure that sculpts the abdomen.
Additionally, the healthier you are, the easier your recovery will be. Healthy patients generally have an easier time recovering. You want to put yourself on the path to enjoying your new body sooner!
First Days Post-Op
Abdominoplasty is a major surgery, and you will experience some discomfort. Nonetheless, it is crucial to get up and try to walk around as soon as you are able. Increasing blood circulation in the early stages speeds recovery and limits the risk of blood clots.
Listen to your body and your surgeon. Try and move a little bit every day.
One Week Post-Op
You should be able to walk for more extended periods of time a week or two after surgery. Continue to increase the pace and distance as you heal.
Weeks 3-4 Post-Op
You should be able to continue doing mild to moderate cardio activities. Be sure not to push yourself and to rest when you feel tired. You may still need some help bending or lifting anything substantial, so limit your activities to exercises that are no more strenuous than walking.
Week 6 Post-Op
At this time, you may be cleared for more rigorous exercise. Be sure to check with your surgeon before you include a new activity. However, you should continue to stay away from training that engages your core.
Complete recovery will vary from patient to patient, depending on the healing process and the extent of the surgery. Once you are fully cleared, you can engage your core. Focus on abdominal strengthening, engage your oblique muscles, and continue cardio workouts.
A tummy tuck can give you a smooth starting surface to continue to hone through core exercises, which will now be much easier if your abdominal muscles had been previously separated. Take advantage of your new body– keep working!
Throughout your recovery, it is crucial to eat healthy without restricting calories. Focus on healthy fats, lean meats, poultry, fish, and leafy greens. You need to nourish your body as it heals and beyond. Maintaining a healthy diet is vital for overall wellness and enhancing your tummy tuck results.
Interested in Tummy Tuck Surgery in Weston, FL?
Dr. Messa is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience with tummy tucks and body contouring procedures. If you are ready to sculpt, contour, and slim your midsection, call Weston Cosmetic Surgery today at (954) 659-7760 or fill out our online contact form.