Tummy tucks are contouring procedures intended to take off excess skin and remove fat around the abdominal muscles, leaving the patient with a toned, healthy appearance. The major goal of a tummy tuck is not to lose pounds, but instead to create a slimmer physique.
What Are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is a minimally invasive procedure. Compared to a liposuction or other similar medical procedure, tummy tucks are easier to recover from and less likely to cause complications. For those who only have a few pounds or some excess skin to go, a tummy tuck can radically change their appearance. When many people lose weight – or simply age – the skin around their stomach can lose elasticity and begin to sag. This can obscure any of the hard work that they’ve done to keep physically fit and trim.
How Much Weight Does a Tummy Tuck Remove?
A tummy tuck usually doesn’t take off a significant amount of weight. The average tummy tuck only takes off between three to five pounds, depending on what is desired by the patient. The procedure can’t take off much more than that because it is a minimally invasive one. However, it should be noted that these three to five pounds can have a substantial effect. Tummy tucks are designed specifically to “tuck” in and sculpt the correct areas. A loss of five pounds can be a loss of several inches in the hands of a skilled professional.
What If I Want to Lose Weight?
If you want to lose weight through a surgical procedure, there are other options, such as liposuction. Liposuction is similar in concept to a tummy tuck, but it is a far more extensive process and may require a longer recovery time. Nevertheless, when accomplished by a skilled professional, it can have dramatic results.