A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic body contouring procedure that helps tighten your abdominal muscles and removes excess fat deposits and skin from your abdominal region. Tummy tucks can result in a slimmer, smoother, and firmer abdomen and midsection. Considering how effective tummy tuck surgery can be at helping you look slimmer, it’s important that you take steps after surgery to maintain your results and prevent weight gain, which could negate the effects of your procedure.
In regards to tummy tuck surgery, keep in mind that this procedure does not always result in automatic weight loss, and will not prevent you from gaining weight in the event you resort to practicing less-than-healthy lifestyle habits.
Here are three steps you can take to maintain your tummy tuck results for as long as possible.
Start exercising regularly
If you’re not already exercising regularly, you should start doing so as soon as possible to help maintain your tummy tuck results. In fact, your cosmetic surgeon will most likely discuss the importance of exercise with you at the time of your initial consultation, and may include exercise as one of your post-surgery requirements. Exercise is essential to maintaining your overall health and for maintaining tummy tuck results. Plus, exercise can help your body heal more quickly from surgery and wounds in general, and can enhance the appearance of your abdominal region as your muscles become tighter and more toned.
Improve your diet and nutrition
In addition to exercise, diet and nutrition could be the most important components of maintaining your tummy tuck results. Processed foods that are high in sugar and sodium lack the nutrients your body needs to stay slim and healthy. Increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables, and add other whole foods to your diet, such as nuts, seeds, and legumes. Swap out red meat for sources of lean protein such as chicken and turkey, and eat low-fat dairy products that lack additives and preservatives. Stop eating fast food and desserts as frequently as you did prior to having tummy tuck surgery, and work with a dietitian or nutritionist to learn more about how to improve your health through vitamins and supplementation.
Speak to your cosmetic surgeon about your goals
At the time of your initial consultation and in the weeks or months following your procedure, keep your cosmetic surgeon informed about what you hope to achieve through surgery. Did you initially decide to have tummy tuck surgery to help yourself slim down following childbirth, or is your goal to maintain a slim physique after having lost an excessive amount of weight? Based on your personal situation and needs for tummy tuck surgery, your cosmetic surgeon will provide you with the best recommendations on how to achieve your goals, and on how to maintain your results long-term.
Have you been considering tummy tuck surgery or other body contouring procedures? Request a consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery, or call us today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices, or at (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location to learn more about your options for plastic surgery.