Undergoing weight loss surgery is literally a life or death situation for many patients. Those who undergo bariatric surgery or another type of extreme weight loss should be applauded in taking control of their lives. However, these same patients find that weight loss surgery also leads to excess skin, exacerbating poor shape and tone in places they wish looked better.
More often than not, weight loss surgery patients will undergo a body lift procedure to give their body better contour. One of these procedures is the tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, or even a Lower Body Lift!
The purpose of a tummy tuck is to tighten the skin and muscles of the abdomen that have been stretched due to weight gain or pregnancy. This area needs particular attention after weight loss surgery. Due to the amount of stretching of skin and muscle in the abdomen, weight loss patients are very concerned about bringing this area of their body back in line to a more "normal" appearance.
Florida plastic surgeon Dr. Manuel Peña can perform the tummy tuck procedure as part of an overall body lift for weight loss patients, or as a standalone procedure.
The actual tummy tuck procedure can take up to five hours to complete, depending on the amount of skin and muscle that needs to be tightened.
Post Tummy Tuck Surgery
You need to be patient with recovery time because this can take several months. If you are undergoing the tummy tuck as part of a full body lift, your recovery time will take longer. Scars will fade over time.
Maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise after your tummy tuck is extremely important in sustaining your new appearance. It is important for weight loss surgery patients to have realistic expectations about their appearance after the tummy tuck surgery, as well as understand that keeping a slimmed down figure takes patience and discipline. However, when you see yourself, you’ll know you have made the right decision.
If you have undergone weight loss surgery and are interested in finding out how a tummy tuck or other plastic surgery procedures can help you, please contact board-certified Fort Myers, Florida plastic surgeon Dr. Manuel Pena, MD today. We happily serve the areas of Naples, Fort Myers, Estero, and Bonita Springs.