After months—maybe even years—of hard work, you’ve finally lost the weight. You’re feeling proud of that number on the scale, but when you look in the mirror, things don’t look exactly like you thought they would. While your clothes might fit better, underneath, you’re left with sagging and loose skin, stretch marks and other unsightly signs of your former weight.
Fortunately, a tummy tuck after weight loss can help remedy this. With a tummy tuck, you can get the tight, taut stomach you’ve been dreaming of, and even remove fat from some of those harder-to-target areas that might not be as slim as you’d like.
If you’re considering a tummy tuck after weight loss, here are some tips for success:
- Reach a plateau. You don’t want to have a tummy tuck while you’re still actively losing weight. Make sure you’ve hit a plateau—and stayed there for at least a few months—before moving forward with a surgery.
- Get 5-10 pounds from your “goal weight.” For best results, you should be within about 10 pounds from your goal weight before doing a tummy tuck. This will allow the surgeon to remove the last few stubborn pounds while contouring your body to the slim, fit shape you want.
- Be ready to commit to a healthier lifestyle. Once your tummy tuck is complete, you’ll want to keep your weight as steady as possible. Make sure you’re mentally and emotionally ready to commit to a long-term, healthy and well-balanced diet, as well as regular exercise, far ahead of your surgery date.
- Use a surgeon who has experience with weight-loss patients. A tummy tuck after weight loss isn’t the same as a regular tummy tuck. It requires a defter hand and a better grasp on body contouring. Make sure you choose a surgeon who has experience in this type of surgery in order to achieve the best results.