Taming the tummy after weight loss
By Zipporah Sandler
If like me, you’ve had a few babies or have lost a significant amount of weight recently then you might have a small (or perhaps not-so-small) problem with extra fat and skin in the abdominal area that just won’t go away. For many women the battle of the bulge doesn’t stop with diet and exercise alone. The abdominal muscles and skin that have been stretched beyond their limits won’t always snap back into place and can be a cause for low self-esteem.
If you are in good health and not expecting to have a baby or lose a large amount of weight in the future, then you might be a good candidate for a tummy tuck! Make sure you do all you can with traditional diet and exercise first, as the closer you are to your goal the better the tummy tuck results will be.
Your first step should be an appointment with your plastic surgeon for a consultation and be honest about your expectations. Your surgeon will let you know what results you are likely to achieve based on your personal situation. The surgery procedure, cost and recovery process should be fully explained to you. Ask lots of questions, don’t forget that this isn’t just a little tweak, but rather a major surgery, and one that could drastically increase your confidence.
Depending on the extent of your surgery, your hospital stay can range from outpatient to a three day hospital stay. You will have swelling and abdominal pain in the first week, requiring pain medication and a lot of rest. Stitches will normally be removed after the first week. It’s going to take several weeks for you to fully recover. Some women are able to go back to work after just two weeks while others require a full month to get back into the swing of things.
The tummy tuck will not only make you look thinner in a swimsuit but will also tighten your abdominal muscles as well. To protect your new look you will need to keep up with a healthy diet and exercise routine or else risk undoing all the work that’s been done.
Remember though, tummy tucks are best after you’ve lost weight to tighten and tone and are not a replacement for diet and exercise.