Although a tummy tuck is often considered to be a weight loss surgery, the truth is that the effects of an abdominoplasty are primarily aesthetic. At the same time, a recent study from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) indicates that tummy tucks in men and women who were previously obese may help keep the weight off for longer following an abdominoplasty.
How Tummy Tucks Work
Although there are specific procedures to help achieve dramatic weight loss, like gastric bypass surgery, abdominoplasty is not one of them. In fact, the ideal candidate for a tummy tuck should already be within a few pounds of their target weight.
However, patients who experience rapid weight loss often end up with loose folds of skin that don’t form to the new contours of their slimmer body; changes in skin elasticity make the skin physically unable to change shape after being stretched out over excess fat deposits for so long. As a result, even though these patients have finally reached their target weight, they still may be unhappy with the way their body looks.
A C.L.A.S.S. tummy tuck from my Denver practice incorporates a drain-free abdominoplasty surgery along with liposuction for more comprehensive body sculpting results. This cosmetic surgery will help patients who were formerly overweight, or who have excess skin and lax muscles due to other circumstances like pregnancy, finally achieve a more streamlined figure.
The study from the ASPS indicates that men and women who were obese prior to abdominoplasty are more likely to continue maintaining their target weight following their cosmetic surgery. So, although a tummy tuck may not remove excess weight, it can provide a great incentive to keep it off.