A tummy tuck is a procedure that significantly reduces the excess skin in the abdominal region due to weight loss that cannot be targeted by diet and exercise. Essentially, the skin is tightened around this region which allows for a slimmer waistline. Typically, a tummy tuck is performed after a significant amount of weight loss, including after pregnancy. However, a tummy tuck is not always a permanent solution because weight gain can still happen even after the procedure has been done.
The Consequences of Post-Tummy Tuck Weight Gain
If you have a small amount of weight gain after your tummy tuck, it’s unlikely that a substantial negative consequence will happen. It is completely normal for your weight to fluctuate throughout the year which could result in gaining weight after a tummy tuck. After you are fully healed from the procedure and can resume a normal diet and exercise routine, the gained weight will likely go away quickly.
However, gaining a substantial amount of weight could potentially cause severe consequences. Fat is genetically predetermined to deposit somewhere in the body, and if you noticed that you gained fat in your abdominal area before your tummy tuck, it is likely to return to that same spot. Even if you notice post-tummy tuck weight gain and make the decision to lose it, it can potentially leave you with the same issues of loose skin that was corrected by the tummy tuck.
Can Gaining Weight after a Tummy Tuck Be Prevented?
The most crucial aspect in preventing gaining weight after a tummy tuck is consistency in having a good, nutritious diet and an exercise routine. After your tummy tuck, you will want to follow quick healing recommendations to ensure that you heal as quickly as possible. After your healing process has ended, you are free to resume a healthy diet and exercise, including heavy lifting. However, it is always recommended that you discuss this with your doctor to ensure that your body is fully recovered before attempting anything too strenuous.