A tummy tuck, known in the medical community as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure designed to improve the appearance of the abdomen. There are a number of cosmetic and medical benefits associated with this procedure offered at Mountain State Cosmetic Surgery in Beckley, WV. For instance, it can be used to improve the appearance of the abdomen by tightening loose muscles, tightening loose skin, and removing excess skin.
If you have excess abdominal skin, you can expect to lose weight following your procedure. You can also expect a small amount of excess abdominal fat to be excised during the procedure, further enhancing weight loss. However, you must understand that abdominoplasty is not a weight loss procedure. To help you determine whether this procedure is right for you, our aesthetic experts are taking a look at how much weight you can lose from this procedure.
How Much Weight Can You Lose From a Tummy Tuck?
You can generally expect to lose between five and 10 pounds if you opt for a full or extended tuck and you have a lot of excess skin. However, if you opt for a mini tuck, it is more likely that you will only lose a few pounds. To reiterate, a tummy tuck is a body contouring procedure. It is not a weight-loss procedure. If you suffer from obesity and need surgical help to lose a significant amount of weight, a bariatric procedure would be more appropriate.
Note that most of the weight loss that follows a tummy tuck is due to the removal of excess skin. Only a small amount of excess fat is removed during this procedure because it is not a fat loss procedure. The primary goal is to tighten loose skin, remove excess skin, and tighten loose abdominal muscles. If you have quite a bit of excess abdominal fat, you can also get liposuction, a fat removal procedure that will help you lose even more weight.
How Much Weight Can I Lose From Liposuction?
You can generally expect to lose one to 10 pounds from liposuction, but it is possible to lose up to 11 pounds from liposuction safely depending on how much excess subcutaneous fat you have. We can give you a better idea of how much weight you can expect to lose with liposuction during your initial consultation. The amount you can expect to lose depends on your body mass and how much subcutaneous fat you have in your problem areas.
Liposuction does not affect visceral fat. As a general rule of thumb, you can expect to lose 20% of the subcutaneous fat in larger areas and 80% of subcutaneous fat in smaller areas. Another rule of thumb to keep in mind is that every inch of pinchable fat is roughly five pounds. If you have three inches of pinchable abdominal fat, you have roughly 15 pounds of subcutaneous abdominal fat and may be able to lose roughly three pounds or more with lipo.
How Can I Lose Weight After My Abdominoplasty?
You can lose as much weight as you want to after abdominoplasty, but you may not want to focus on weight for the first couple of months post-op. You should expect to take a week or two off from work depending on the nature of your job to facilitate rapid healing. Even when you’re cleared to go back to work, it is still important that you do not engage in vigorous physical activity. It is also very important that you eat nutritiously to facilitate rapid healing.
It is possible to get adequate nutrition while eating at a caloric deficit, but don’t feel obligated to jump straight into weight loss. You will feel exhausted for one to three days post-op. Nap often and try to get 7.5 to nine hours of consecutive sleep per night. When you’re feeling up to it, take short walks around the house. Before you know it, you will feel up to taking long walks around your neighborhood or local park.
What Is the Best Exercise for Weight Loss?
The best exercise for weight loss is the exercise that you will do consistently. From a mathematical standpoint, swimming at a high intensity using the butterfly stroke is the most effective calorie burner. However, if you won’t spend 2.5 hours per week in the pool swimming at a vigorous intensity, it doesn’t matter how many calories you can potentially burn. The bottom line is that you should find an exercise that you are willing to do regularly.
Ideally, people who are happy with their weight should get 2.5 hours of moderate exercise weekly to maintain their cardiovascular and pulmonary health. People who are trying to lose weight should aim to spend twice that amount of time performing cardio. Similarly, people who want to lose weight can benefit from 2.5 hours of intense exercise per week. Some of the best exercises for weight loss, especially for people with joint problems, include:
- Indoor rowing
Tips for Losing Weight With Indoor Rowing
Indoor rowing, sometimes referred to as erging, is one of the best exercises for weight loss for a number of reasons. One such reason is that it is a low-impact activity. In other words, you will not put your joints through a ton of pressure like you would if you opted for a high-impact activity, like running or football. Another reason is that it is a full-body activity, like swimming. Essentially, every major muscle group gets a great workout during each session.
However, you need to make sure that your form is correct to mitigate your risk of injury. If you don’t have access to a personal trainer to critique your form, look up videos of the proper technique online. You also may benefit from having someone take a video of your form so you can evaluate it. If you opt for indoor rowing as a weight loss tool, remember to stretch before and after working out and avoid pushing yourself to the point of injury.
Other Ways To Lose Weight
Eating More Protein
Everyone finds that they are satiated most effectively when eating different foods. However, most people find protein to be incredibly satiating. Like carbohydrates, protein provides only four calories per gram. If you enjoy eating large volumes of food, you may find sticking to a caloric deficit easier if your diet mostly consists of protein and slow carbohydrates.
If you don’t mind eating smaller portions of food, you may find that eating at a caloric deficit is easier if you eat lots of healthy fats. Other people find that their weight loss journey is easiest when they eat roughly the same number of calories from healthy fats, protein, and slow carbs. Feel free to experiment and find out what satiates you the most. Just remember that it doesn’t really matter what you eat; you just need to eat at a caloric deficit.
Drinking More Water
You also may find your weight loss journey much more successful if you make a concerted effort to drink more water. Most people mistake their thirst cues for hunger and over-consume salty foods in an attempt to quell the feeling. Also, dehydration results in a slower metabolism and less energy to exercise.
Furthermore, drinking water is a great calorie-free way to fill up your stomach so eating less feels easier. If your urine is dark, make a point to drink more water. You will probably find that you feel more energetic and less hungry.
Improve Your Abdominal Region Today
If you have concerns about your abdominal region, like excess skin, loose skin, or a bit of excess fat, you may be considered a good candidate for a tummy tuck. Depending on how much excess skin you have, you can expect to lose around five to 10 pounds. If you have excess subcutaneous fat in your abdomen and other regions, you may be able to lose five or more pounds with liposuction.
To find out for sure whether you are a good fit for abdominoplasty, reach out to us today at Mountain State Cosmetic Surgery in Beckley, WV. We welcome the opportunity to help you achieve the body of your dreams. We will verify your candidacy by reviewing your cosmetic and medical goals, evaluating the health of your abdominal skin, and discussing your current health and medical history. We will also advise you on complementary procedures.