Significant weight loss and/or pregnancy stretches out the skin and cause it to lose its elasticity, leaving it sagging. In addition to loose skin, the tummy can be left with separated or weakened abdominal muscles. These weakened muscles cause that dreaded “tummy bulge” which is one of the main reasons why people will seek a tummy tuck in the first place.
Here is the top reason why a tummy tuck after weight loss might be ideal for you.
Excess or Hanging Skin After Moderate Weight Loss
If you’ve lost between 20 and 50 pounds, you may now be left with extra skin around the middle that won’t shrink down to your body’s new size.
Though completely frustrating, this extra skin is harmless if left alone. It does not interfere with the way clothing fits and it does not impede physical activities such as walking or exercise. The skin may spring back to “normal” if you:
1. Lost weight gradually over time.
2. Exercise the abdominal muscles to help tighten the area.
3. Keep your body weight normal so the extra skin doesn’t become re-stretched.
Excess Skin and Weak Muscles After Major Weight Loss
However, if you have lost more than 50 pounds, often times, this extra skin will likely not go away to an acceptable level of excess. This is why one of the most common tummy procedures after gastric bypass surgery is a panniculectomy, or the removal of the panniculus (large excess of abdominal skin).
This skin can cause itching, redness, and infections in the fold under the panniculus. Clothing will not fit properly and physical activities are impeded by the extra skin handing down. If you find yourself in this situation, a tummy tuck may be ideal for you.
A tummy tuck will also be able to remove excess fat pockets remaining as well as tighten the abdominal muscles to flatten the stomach. This will leave you with a sexy new body that you can proudly flaunt after having reached your weight loss goal!
Contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York Today
Call our abdominoplasty New York centers today to set up your free consultation with our highly-qualified plastic and cosmetic surgeons. You can reach our NYC tummy tuck center at 212.206.0023 or our abdominoplasty Long Island office at 631.499.1831.