A recent study published in the February, 2013 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, which is the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, reports that undergoing a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) often leads to significant and long lasting weight loss after the procedure. In the study, almost 75% of women who were overweight or obese prior to their tummy tuck procedure lost a significant amount of weight after the procedure and kept the weight off long term.
While the reason for the weight loss is not entirely clear, increased satiety seemed to play a significant role in the ongoing weight loss. The women who lost weight had diminished appetites after undergoing tummy tucks. The study’s author suspects that the removal of fat during the procedure suppresses appetites by altering the level of the hormones that stimulate hunger.
The findings from this study reinforce my belief that prospective tummy tuck patients should be near their goal weight, but they usually do not need to have reached it at the time of surgery. Continued weight loss often occurs after Plastic Surgery, which serves to improve results long after the patient has undergone the procedure.
During your initial consultation at our Dallas office, we will discuss your goals and create an individualized plan that incorporates your current weight as well as your ideal weight. Should you wish to discuss tummy tuck or any other procedure, please call Weider Plastic Surgery today at (972) 566-8444.
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Dallas, TX 75230