After putting in the hard work necessary to lose weight, you should feel proud, accomplished, and confident. However, it is not uncommon to notice that your body is not contoured to fit the amount of weight that you lost. Excess skin is a common byproduct of major weight loss and can leave you feeling less confident in yourself. If you’re noticing excess skin after losing weight, abdominoplasty might be the right option for you!
What is Abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty, also referred to as a tummy tuck, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that can be performed after weight loss. It involves removing the excess skin and tissue from the abdominal region, as well as tightening loose abdominal muscles, allowing your body to look more contoured and slim. The incision for a tummy tuck typically extends from hip to hip, though in a more involved version of the procedure, known as a body lift, the incision may encircle the entire midsection. A body lift may be necessary for those who have sagging skin and tissue on their hips and lower back, in addition to their abdominal area.
The Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
There are many benefits of getting this type of cosmetic surgery after weight loss. One of the most beneficial factors is that a tummy tuck can help to maintain weight loss. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), most women had sustained weight loss after the procedure which was higher than the weight of their tissue removed during the tummy tuck. This means that by sticking to a healthy diet and a good exercise routine, a tummy tuck can help you keep the weight off longer term.
Another great benefit that abdominoplasty offers is an improved state of mind, better sexual relations, and an enhanced overall quality of life. According to a recent study, 84% of people who have had abdominoplasty report an improved quality of life, 74% have better sexual relations, and 86% report improved psychological status. A tummy tuck allows you to regain confidence in yourself and feel better during physical activity, ultimately allowing you to have a better life in general.
Schedule some time to talk with Dr. Kolder at Pacifica Center for Plastic Surgery! Call the office at 805-484-2855 or use the contact form to schedule your consultation.