A tummy tuck is a popular surgery that helps reshape the contours of the body.
Stubborn fat and sagging skin around the stomach are common issues that can affect a person’s self-esteem. Whether due to weight loss, pregnancy, or other factors, loose skin can be corrected with this procedure, helping men and women regain confidence. If you have excess skin or fat tissue on the abdomen that is affecting your daily life, you may consider this as an option.
Many patients turn to a tummy tuck to remove stubborn fat however does the procedure affect your overall weight? To understand if a tummy tuck can help you lose weight, it is important to first understand the procedure itself.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck surgery or abdominoplasty is a procedure that aims to reduce excess tissue from the abdomen. Depending on the patient’s needs, the surgery can also tighten and strengthen the stomach muscles to help refine and tone the area.
A tummy tuck is an elective procedure, which means it is typically not needed for medical reasons. Rather, it can help patients have more daily comfort and confidence in their looks. People may seek an abdominoplasty for many reasons, such as to:
- Lessen discomfort caused by excess weight and skin
- Help correct skin irritation issues and rashes
- Strengthen core muscles and improve posture
- Sculpt and refine body contours
- Gain greater self-confidence
Patients often seek this procedure after pregnancy or large weight loss, helping them achieve a smoother, flatter, and more toned stomach.
Types of Abdominoplasty
There are a few different types of abdominoplasty. The right technique for you will depend on a number of things, such as your health, goals, and how much excess tissue needs to be removed. It will also depend on which issues you are seeking to address. For example, male tummy tuck surgery usually doesn’t require muscle repair, compared to female surgery which can address muscle separation after pregnancy. You will speak about these factors with your surgeon who will create a treatment plan that best serves you and your needs.
The different techniques include:
Mini Tummy Tuck
Mini tummy tuck is usually a less invasive procedure. This technique focuses on the lower abdomen and can be ideal for people who only wish to remove a small amount of excess tissue. The surgeon makes a small incision on the lower torso and does not address the underlying muscles.
Full Tummy Tuck
Full abdominoplasty can improve both the lower and upper abdomen. If you have a large amount of excess tissue on the stomach due to ageing or weight loss, this could be the right option for you. It can also be ideal for women seeking to improve their muscle function after pregnancy.
Extended Tummy Tuck
An extended surgery involves a larger incision. It is usually best for people who have lost a large amount of weight and wish to address the upper and lower stomach as well as the flanks.
Can A Tummy Tuck Reduce Your Weight?
A tummy tuck will not decrease your overall weight and it should not be used as a replacement for weight loss. Although abdominoplasty surgery can remove some excess fat, the procedure is not a weight loss method. This means that prior to your surgery, it is important that you are at a stable and healthy weight. Some patients are known to lose a few pounds after the surgery however this loss is to contour the body, not to decrease the body’s weight. A tummy tuck is suitable for those looking to remove protruding tissue or loose skin on their abdomen. Dr Yunaev recommends exercise and diet for those looking to lose weight and a tummy tuck for patients who are at a consistent weight and are tackling stubborn stomach fat.
Who is a Good Candidate for the Procedure?
People seek this procedure for many reasons. Both men and women may wish to reduce excess skin and fat tissue that exists due to weight loss, ageing, or genetics. Women may also seek the procedure to address bodily changes caused by pregnancy. When considering a patient for surgery, there are a number of things we must take into account:
General health and lifestyle
The healthier you are before surgery, the lower your risks. We will speak with you about your health and any medical issues that may impede the results of your procedure. If you have health issues that could pose a risk, you may not be a good candidate. As well as this, lifestyle choices can also impact the success of your procedure, such as diet, activity levels, and smoking. Smoking puts people at a higher risk of healing issues. This means you should quit smoking before you seek this surgery.
We will also need to talk about your personal concerns. People who seek this procedure often have concerns such as daily discomfort and self-esteem issues resulting from their excess tissue. Knowing your personal concerns and desired outcomes will help us tailor the process to your needs.
Lastly, we will also discuss what you hope and expect to achieve from surgery. Ideal patients have realistic ideas about what to expect and a positive attitude going into their surgery.
Your Tummy Tuck Consultation
The best way to find out if you are an ideal patient for this surgery is to speak to a qualified surgeon. Here at Breast and Body Clinic, Dr Yunaev is an experienced surgeon that will ensure your questions and queries are answered regarding your tummy tuck. Dr Yunaev ensures that each patient is treated with the best care and receives the most ideal outcome due to his extensive experience with Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgeries. At BB Clinic, we conduct private meetings with patients and develop tailored treatment plans. You will be able to gain a clearer idea of your options and what the process entails so that you can be fully informed and prepared. If you are a good candidate, tummy tuck surgery can help you achieve your goals and gain more confidence in your body.
Enquire today to find out if abdominoplasty surgery is right for you and your body.