Henry Ford Hospital researchers found that bariatric patients who have a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty procedure following significant weight loss are able to keep the weight off more effectively than patients who opt to not have the surgery.
Patients often opt to reshape their bodies following their bariatric procedure in order to remove excess skin that weight loss cannot eliminate. Following significant weight loss, patients may wish to remove sagging skin in their abdominal region.
Those patients who had plastic surgery experienced greater satisfaction in their body image. Following an improvement to their body image, patients were more likely to do the hard work required to keep off weight and maintain a healthier weight long-term. This translates not only into continued long-term positive body image, but also to healthier patients who are not subject to the risks that obesity presents. Patients experience lower diabetes and heart disease rates when they are able to keep off the weight following bariatric procedures.
Bariatric procedures are typically performed on obese patients. A portion of the stomach is removed to reduce food intake, or the stomach is constricted with a band. Henry Ford Surgeons have found that, while the procedure can potentially improve patient health, there is always the risk that patients will gain back the weight they lose.
The study followed 94 patients, 47 of whom had tummy tuck, abdominoplasty, or some other form of body contouring procedure. Patients who underwent body contouring surgery were able to maintain a more stable and healthy Body Mass Index than patients who didn’t have plastic surgery performed.
Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is effective in treating excess fat and skin that normal diet and exercise eliminate. Abdominoplasty is not a weight loss alternative, but rather, a body contouring procedure designed to treat patients who have already lost weight, or who have stubborn fat that regular healthy exercise and diet won’t eliminate.
Cleveland Clinic explains that the ideal tummy tuck candidate is a healthy man or woman with good overall general health and consistent weight. Women who have undergone a pregnancy may find the procedure useful to tighten the abdominal musces and restore their bodies to their pre-pregnancy fitness. Cleveland Clinic also explains that a tummy tuck is an ideal procedure for patients who may have been obese, but who have lost significant weight, and wish to eliminate the excess skin that remains from the weight.
Patients are advised to hold off on having a tummy tuck if they plan to have children, or if they plan to continue to lose weight.
A tummy tuck can take anywhere from one to several hours to complete depending on the complexity of the procedure.
Patients who smoke are advised to quit smoking at least two weeks before undergoing a tummy tuck procedure. Smoking can interfere with healing and increase the risk of complications. Patients should eat healthy foods and not try to lose excess weight too soon before the procedure.
A tummy tuck procedure carries with it some complications, so it is important that potential candidates speak to their doctor prior to surgery in order to mitigate these risks.
Even so, thanks to recent research, patients who have a tummy tuck may be making an investment in their long-term health and well-being. Finding ways to keep patients motivated following any weight loss regimen and procedure is always a key aspect in ensuring long-term health. Postive self-image can ensure that obese patients maintain heal