A good candidate for a tummy tuck is someone with excess skin, fat, tissues, and stretched muscles in the abdomen. In many cases, muscle repair can be done to not only enhance the aesthetic result but for medical reasons as well. Many tummy tuck candidates want to know if their pant size will change after the procedure at Wirth Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Center.
Will I lose weight from a tummy tuck?
The tummy tuck can help to remove anywhere between five to ten pounds of weight depending on the amount of loose skin the individual has removed. A tummy tuck, however, is not considered a weight-loss procedure. It is meant to improve the aesthetic contour of the abdomen by tightening skin, reconstructing muscles, removing fat and tissue, and can remove stretch marks on the lower abdomen.
How many clothing sizes can you drop from a tummy tuck?
With that in mind, it is common for patients to lose up to two to three pant sizes after a tummy tuck. This is because the abdomen will become firmer and flatter after the tummy tuck. Many of our patients have had to invest in a new wardrobe. After the muscles are tightened and the stomach silhouette is smoothed, you will no longer have any bulges that may have made you feel uncomfortable in tight clothing or a bathing suit.
What are the other major benefits gained from a Tummy Tuck?
Losing a pant size or two is just one of the many benefits our patients enjoy after a tummy tuck. Additional benefits include:
- Flatter, firmer stomach
- Ability to wear cropped shirts
- Ability to wear tight or revealing clothing styles
- Improved posture
- Better bladder control
- A more youthful figure
- No more tummy bulge
- Improved self-esteem
When should I buy new clothes after a tummy tuck?
Before you rush out to buy a new wardrobe, wait several weeks for the major healing to be accomplished. In some instances, a full tummy tuck recovery can require three months to heal fully. The scars will fade over time. Fortunately, there are certain things you can add to your recovery plan to ensure it is fast and successful:
- Wear compression garments for two to twelve weeks
- Keep your incision clean and dressed in fresh bandages
- Take all medications as prescribed
- Apply ice packs to reduce swelling
- Have plenty of rest
- Take daily walks
- Protect your abdomen from impact
- Avoid lifting, exercise, or vigorous motions
- Avoid alcohol, stay hydrated, and eat healthy foods
I’m interested in a tummy tuck – how do I know if it’s right for me?
Good candidates for a tummy tuck have either lost a significant amount of weight or have had children or are experiencing age-related tummy bulges. These issues can lead to excess skin, fat, and muscles becoming loose or separated (diastasis recti). Those that simply have excess fat in the abdomen area may be better suited for custom liposuction.
To find out what procedure is right for you, we invite you to have a consultation with top Newport Beach plastic surgeon, Dr. Wirth. We strive to provide our tummy tuck patients with the smoothest and most rewarding service from the first consultation and throughout the healing process. Dr. Wirth is known for achieving superior outcomes with tummy tuck surgery and uses the most advanced surgical techniques to restore your abdomen. Your journey to improved confidence with a fit, firm abdomen starts here!