When you choose a tummy tuck procedure, you are likely trying to address flabby skin and loose abdominal muscles that can occur during pregnancy or after substantial weight loss. The goal of the tummy tuck procedure is to achieve a flatter and more toned abdominal area. But how long can you expect tummy tuck results to last? The fact is how long your tummy tuck results last often depends entirely on you.
What Does a Tummy Tuck Do?
During your tummy tuck procedure, the surgeon works to remove excess skin and tissue while also tightening stretched abdominal muscles. The results are a tighter, more toned and flatter abdomen that helps to accentuate your natural curves and body shape. The skin and tissue removed during the procedure does not come back and the internal sutures often used to help tighten muscles are designed to remain in place, keeping the muscles in their new position. If you opt for liposuction with your tummy tuck, fat cells are also removed, helping to provide an enhanced result.
While these changes are considered permanent, your lifestyle choices after your tummy tuck can affect the long-term results you hope to retain.
Lifestyle Choices Can Affect Your Results
While the changes made during your tummy tuck procedure are considered permanent, your lifestyle choices can affect your new appearance over time. It is important to follow a healthy lifestyle that includes healthy food and regular exercise. While fat cells may have been removed, new cells can grow over time, reducing the effects of your tummy tuck.
In addition, pregnancy can undo just about every aspect of a tummy tuck, contributing to excess weight gain and stretching of the abdominal muscles. This is why most surgeons recommend waiting for a tummy tuck until after your family is complete.
If you are considering a tummy tuck and want to learn how this procedure can help you achieve your body contouring goals, contact Dr. Drew Davis and his team today at (916) 318-5770 to schedule a consultation.