A tummy tuck can be a very effective procedure for individuals who are looking to shed a few pounds and tone problem areas of the body. Abdominoplasty allows for a complete reinvention of the stomach area because the abdominal muscles are tightened and excess skin is removed.
While a tummy tuck can help you to achieve the abdominal toning that you desire, there are necessary steps that you need to take to ensure that your shape is maintained. Some ways to maintain the results of your tummy tuck include:
Follow Post-Care Instructions – The recovery period following a tummy tuck is crucial for determining the long-term results of your surgery. During this period, you want to make sure that you closely follow all after-care instructions to prevent any complications that could affect your long-term results.
Diet and Exercise – Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen is necessary for maintaining your tummy tuck results. Avoid heavily processed foods that are high in sugar, sodium and saturated fat. Instead of these types of foods, focus on adding vegetables, fruits and lean protein to your diet. Find an activity or sport you love to do and stay active. These practices will help to ensure that you enjoy your results for years to come.
Avoid Weight Gain –An ideal tummy tuck candidate should be at a stable weight and should maintain a stable weight after their surgery. As you gain weight, your skin stretches to accommodate that weight; this can strain the abdominal wall, loosening up the skin and muscles tightened during the procedure.
Avoid Future Pregnancies – Pregnancy strains and tears the abdominal muscles and stretches the skin. While a tummy tuck can “fix” what pregnancy left behind, any additional pregnancies will undo your results. This is why it is recommended to hold off on surgery until after you are done having children.
Don’t Smoke – Before your surgery, you will be advised to stop smoking. The best thing you can do for yourself and for maintaining your results is not to start again. Smoking not only increases surgical risk factors during your procedure (it limits blood flow) but it also hinders your ability to heal and recover. Additionally, smoking prematurely ages you. With all the good you are doing for yourself, don’t let smoking-related health problems hold you back. To learn more about tummy tuck in Annandale or to schedule a consultation with Anne Nickodem, M.D., contact us today by calling 703-560-8711 or visiting aestheticallyyours.com.