Most people consider a tummy tuck to be one of the most rewarding procedures in plastic surgery. The surgery has become incredibly popular over the past few years and many patients are experiencing great results. However, just because you had the surgery doesn’t mean you’ll automatically lose weight. In fact, oftentimes, people gain weight after a tummy tuck. But, you can take steps to lose the excess pounds and be sure that you’ll reach your desired weight before surgery.
Here are some of the realities about losing weight after a tummy tuck:
The Surgery Is Not Always Perfect
Just because you had the surgery does not mean that you’re doomed to a life of being heavy. There are multiple complications that can occur after a tummy tuck, some of which are severe and potentially life-threatening. One of the most serious complications is infection. If an infection occurs, it usually occurs in the area where the incisions were made (the abdomen). It is also common for people to suffer from hyperbilirubinemia, which is marked by a high level of blood bilirubin. People with this complication often experience shortness of breath, muscle weakness, and skin discoloration. If these symptoms occur, you must seek medical help right away. Luckily, infections are pretty rare these days and most surgeons perform rigorous pre-surgery antibiotic treatments to prevent any complications.
The Weight Loss Will Take Time
Even if you follow the perfect diet and exercise routine, you will not lose weight immediately after your surgery. It takes time for the body to get rid of the extra fat, and not all of it will disappear even after several months have passed. Just like when you make a major change in your lifestyle, getting rid of unwanted pounds requires patience. You must be prepared to work hard and be consistent before you’ll notice any noticeable results.
Eating Disorders Are No Accident
Many people who gain a lot of weight after a tummy tuck are actually suffering from an eating disorder. Many people who have had the surgery are very familiar with food, especially unhealthy foods. After the surgery, they may seek these foods as a way to comfort themselves. Although food is an important part of life, many people who have had the surgery become so focused on their bodies that they neglect other aspects of their lives. Going overboard with food rarely leads to a sound nutritional state and many people who overindulge in food after their tummy tuck are not even aware of the harm that they’re doing themselves. It’s a common scenario: a patient comes in for the surgery, is under a lot of psychological stress, and then proceeds to eat uncontrollably. This is why it’s so important to speak to your surgeon about any eating disorders or problems you may be experiencing. Better to be safe than sorry!
Surgery Is Not For Everyone
If you’re looking for a quick fix to your weight problems, you may not be the right candidate for surgery. Even if you do everything right and follow the surgeon’s advice to the letter, you may still not be guaranteed to lose weight. There are multiple other complications that may occur from the surgery, some of which are more serious than others. If you’re not prepared to deal with the risks, you may not be in the right place for the surgery.
Losing Weight After A Tummy Tuck Is Not Easy
Weighing less than before the surgery does not guarantee that you’ll stay that way. It takes a lot of hard work to maintain a healthy weight and a lot of patience to lose it. If you want to succeed in reaching your desired weight, you must be prepared to face the facts: losing weight after a tummy tuck is not easy and it takes time.
If you’re dealing with serious weight issues and you’re not getting better with diet and exercise, then it may be time to consider other options. Plastic surgery is a great way to improve your appearance and feel better about yourself. But, it’s important to keep in mind the risks before you go under the knife.