What Patients Need To Know About Life After a Tummy Tuck

August 31, 2023Tummy tuck

Those who have lost a significant amount of weight or have had one or more pregnancies may be experiencing loose or stretched skin and stubborn fat. A tummy tuck can repair the muscles in the abdomen and remove excess fat deposits to leave you feeling tight and toned. 

Tummy tuck results are meant to provide long-lasting results for patients. However, it’s important to maintain a healthy weight and take care of your body following a tummy tuck procedure. 

How Can Weight Gain Affect a Tummy Tuck?

To understand how substantial weight gain or pregnancy can negatively affect the results of your tummy tuck, you must understand how they affect the body. When your body gains significant weight, whether due to pregnancy or otherwise, this can weaken the abdominal muscles, stretch the skin, and increase the size of fat cells. A tummy tuck involves:

  • Removing loose excess skin.
  • Repairing the stomach muscles.
  • Performing liposuction to remove stubborn fat deposits if needed. 

By gaining a substantial amount of weight after a tummy tuck through unhealthy practices, you are essentially repeating the damage done to your body before your tummy tuck. This can undo the results of your tummy tuck. 

What Should Life After a Tummy Tuck Look Like?

To continue to enjoy the results of your tummy tuck, you will have to make some life changes. A healthy diet and regular exercise will be important to maintaining your results if you have not already before your procedure. You will not be able to partake in strenuous exercise for at least six weeks, but you can start with daily walks and low-intensity yoga to get started. 

For your diet, try to eat balanced meals with plenty of fruits and vegetables, protein, whole grains, and healthy fats. A healthy diet is the key to ensuring you maintain your results and feel good. 

The key is to keep a stable weight to avoid any significant fluctuations. That is not to say that you have to be strict and unable to enjoy yourself. As a rule of thumb, try not to exceed 15 pounds of weight gain. 

Learn More About Life After a Tummy Tuck

For expert advice on what to expect after a tummy tuck and how to maintain your results, speak with a professional at Body by Ravi. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ravi can provide you with the best advice and ensure you are fully informed. Contact Body by Ravi today at 281-242-1061, or visit their website

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Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi, are Board-Certified Physicians, while using a patient-centered approach and spend as much time as needed to make each patient feel special and respected—not just another person walking through the door. As a team, a one-of-a-kind treatment plan is created to address concerns from head to toe with the latest surgical and non-surgical techniques, including: Breast Augmentation (Implants), Tummy Tucks, Liposuction, Mommy Makeovers, miraDry®, Botox®, Dermal Fillers, and Sculptra®. Working side-by-side, Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi strive to create a long-lasting relationship with each patient, meeting any new aesthetic needs as they arise. Together, the staff at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics take each patient step-by-step through their cosmetic journey to achieve the desired aesthetic results.

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