Recent research reported in the journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (the official publication of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons) has shown encouraging long-term results for patients who have undergone a tummy tuck, a popular procedure often considered by many of our patients as a part of their mommy makeovers. A pilot research study followed 20 women after abdominoplasty and found that after a year, the women maintained weight loss greater than the amount of weight removed from the original procedure. In short, patients that had more than 4.5 pounds of tissue removed with abdominoplasty hadn’t gained the weight back after 12 months.
This is exciting news for our practice and the world of tummy tuck specialists. Authors of the study go on to say that they believe the main mechanism involved in successful abdominoplasty weight loss is increased satiety. By removing fat cells from the abdomen, there are less fatty tissues available to secrete hormones that affect appetite. With fewer hormones, you may feel full faster and for longer periods of time.
If you are interested in learning more about the long-term benefits of a tummy tuck, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of the plastic surgeons here at CPS. They will be able to evaluate your health and determine if this is the right solution for your needs. We also encourage patients to work on lifestyle and dietary modifications that will support weight loss efforts. We are excited to help our patients enjoy long-term health benefits that ensure they stay looking and feeling great.