Tummy Tuck Surgery After Weight Loss –
The past year of isolation during the pandemic has affected people’s weight in various ways. Many people gained 5 or more pounds – “the quarantine 15” – due to months of inactivity staying home and sitting on the couch. Others used the time away from work to run, work out, get in shape and lose weight. At AMAE Plastic Surgery and Med Spa we are seeing an increase in liposuction procedures, as a fast permanent and effective to lose the “Covid-19 fifteen”.
But, whether you lose weight through discipline and hard work, or through fast and affordable liposuction, many people are disappointed to find after a substantial weight loss, that they are left with excess, loose skin in the abdominal area. And, unfortunately, all of the exercise in the world will not tighten looses skin. Fortunately a very common and routine surgical procedure called a “tummy tuck” (abdominoplasty) can tighten your skin – so you can enjoy your newly thinner body!
And, for people with only moderately loose skin, and amazing new non-surgical skin tightening procedure called Profound® is also available.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women in Birmingham, West Bloomfield, and across Oakland County and the Detroit area “get their abs back” after a large weight loss. In this article he discusses the pros and cons, and alternatives, of a tummy tuck after losing weight – and what to expect when you undergo this procedure.
Benefits of Tummy Tuck After Weight Loss
Losing a lot of weight is a significant achievement requiring a great deal of discipline, and you should be very proud of yourself! And it can be frustrating after all of that hard work to be left with excess skin, around your midsection, breasts, and arms.
This troublesome hanging skin that is left after weight loss is due to the skin’s inability to completely contract. For this reason many people take advantage of reconstructive plastic surgeries after major weight loss. A tummy tuck – and other body contouring plastic surgeries – are designed to remove excess skin and tighten the affected area.
After a tummy tuck, not only will your clothes fit and look better, but you will be able to engage in your favorite activities (including exercise, athletics and even sex) without feeling uncomfortable because of excess skin or excess flab!
When to Get a Tummy Tuck After Weight Loss
Typically it is recommended to be at or near your target weight before getting tummy tuck. If you plan to lose a considerable amount more weight, you should wait – as the skin may become lose all over again, and you may need touch up surgery.
You should also be confident that your large weight loss is a stable and permanent result of your new healthy lifestyle – and is not just the result of “yo-yo-ing”. For if you gain considerable weight it will likely thwart all of the results of your tummy tuck surgery.
Additionally, while tummy tucks are “routine” surgeries, they do come with risks – as does any surgical procedure. And patients with a lower BMI (body mass index), is much less likely to have surgical complications, such bleeding, infection, or abnormal lumps (seroma) or scars.
How a Tummy Tuck After Weight Loss Works
During a tummy tuck, you will be given general anesthetic to “knock you out” Then the plastic surgeon makes a horizontal incision, which will vary in size depending on how much skin you need removed, and whether muscle tightening is also being performed.
The skin is then pulled back, excess fat is removed, and the abdominal muscles are tightened (if necessary). The skin is then pulled down, the excess skin is removed, and a new hole for the navel may be created to naturally reposition your belly button.
The result is a tight stomach area, with no flabbiness or loose skin. And the scar will be low, and easily hidden by underwear or bathing suits. You can see the amazing results of tummy tucks surgeries that Dr. Ali has performed in our Before & After gallery.
Tummy Tuck Surgery Alternative
Large amounts of excess, hanging skin can only be removed by tummy tuck surgery. However, for patients with only mild to moderate loose skin that hasn’t quite “snapped back” after liposuction or moderate weight loss, Profound® skin tightening provides an excellent, non-surgical alternative.
Profound is a groundbreaking new skin tightening technology that uses radiofrequency energy to regenerate the production of the three building blocks of young, healthy elastic skin: elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid.
Choosing a Tummy Tuck Surgeon
While a tummy tuck is quite a “routine” surgery, it is in fact a serious surgical procedure which requires skill and expertise. For this reason, you should select a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ali, who has the training and the extensive experience to deliver beautiful results.
Dr. Ali is not only a skilled surgeon, he also understands the aesthetic issues associated with reconstructive plastic surgery. He will hide or minimize as much as feasible any scarring, perfectly reposition your navel, and eliminate stretch marks as much as possible – for an attractive abdomen.
Tummy tuck surgery can be life changing when properly performed – giving you the body you have always dreamed of after your weight loss journey.
West Bloomfield Area’s Best Tummy Tuck Surgeon
West Bloomfield area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women “get great abs” after a large weight loss, with a Tummy Tuck. In fact, many men and women get the best abs of their life with firm taught skin and muscles! When you schedule a consultation with Dr. Ali, he will answer all of your questions – and help you decide if a Tummy Tuck is the right solution for your lose skin after your weight loss.