Is A Tummy Tuck Permanent?

An important topic regarding an abdominoplasty


Women and men of every age and ethnicity have been reaping the physical and confidence-boosting benefits of tummy tucks (or an abdominoplasty) for years! While some may opt for the procedure as part of a mommy makeover, others simply want that last bit of stubborn fat—that they’ve been working so hard to get rid of—to be gone forever. You may be wondering, do the results of a tummy tuck last forever? Let’s take a closer look at this procedure and find out!

An abdominoplasty can differ from patient to patient. A patient who has undergone extensive weight loss may be left with loose excess skin and fat regardless of their achievement. For these patients, a combination of a tummy tuck combined with liposuction may be necessary in order to achieve the proper proportions to the rest of the body. Many mothers who’ve often concluded their childbearing find it incredibly difficult to get their pre-baby figure back after having undergone multiple labours and/or cesareans. And still there are other patients, leading healthy, active lifestyles and eating well-balanced diets finding that no matter how healthy they eat or how many targeted exercises they do regularly, that their genetics predispose them to hold on to fat in pesky areas around their abdominals. For the patients mentioned and many others, an abdominoplasty (with possible liposuction) proves the only option to address these aggravating areas.

When we’re referring to long-lasting results, there are two very critical components to assure more permanency from a procedure. It is very important that patients seek the care and treatment from a board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon with largely accredited and successful experience having performed the procedure. While it does sound straightforward, an abdominoplasty will vary depending on each individual patient. Some patients may simply require excess skin removal, while others will need the removal of skin and fat. Still others may have their abdominal walls tightened via the muscles to improve their waists’ dimensions. At Elements Spa, board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Adibfar and his astute medical staff have been helping patients achieve their desired results from a tummy tuck via properly utilized techniques that tighten the muscle wall and remove the appropriate amount of skin and fat—specialized techniques that combine to better assure permanent results.

The second and equally critical component to encourage and better guarantee permanent results is the patient. Sounds simple, right? Well there’s a lot more to it than you may think. Appropriately preparing for the procedure and caring for yourself after the procedure is critical. Before undergoing a tummy tuck, patients should be carrying their normal, healthy weight. If patients lose too much weight before undergoing surgery, their misrepresented weight could mean that they could then fluctuate back to their heavier weight, affecting the results of their abdominoplasty. For mothers undergoing a tummy tuck, it’s best that they first decide they no longer want to have more children as pregnancy after an abdominoplasty will interrupt the results for obvious reasons. Patients will also need to maintain a healthy lifestyle post tummy tuck to assure they maintain their results.

While the results of a successfully completed abdominoplasty by a board-certified surgeon—like Elements Spa’s Dr. Adibfar—will assure permanent results, fluctuations in weight and an unhealthy lifestyle after surgery will surely compromise the patient’s abdomen and affect the results. Patients should also keep in mind that the natural aging process will also influence the look of their abdomen over time.

After full recovery, patients who’ve undergone tummy tucks are some of the most satisfied patients in our office. They feel rejuvenated, and more confident in themselves and in the clothes that they wear. For patients who continue to take care of themselves and their health while following Dr. Adibfar’s specific pre- and post-operative care instructions, results are long-lasting. If you are considering a tummy tuck, please keep these two critical components in mind—the expertise of your surgeon and your willingness to take good care of your body—as these are essential to successful, long-lasting results from a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty.

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