Will My Abdominoplasty Procedure Need to be Repeated in the Future?
Among the many questions that Omaha men and women ask Dr. Ayoub when they come in for an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, consultation is one that tends to be the most common: “Will I need to have the surgery again in the future?”
It makes sense that Omaha abdominoplasty candidates are curious about the expected longevity of the surgery. After all, when you commit to plastic surgery, you want to know that you have a good chance to achieve long-lasting results!
As Dr. Ayoub explains during consultations, there are a few situations in which a tummy tuck may need to be repeated. These include the following:
1. Tummy Tucks May Need to Be Repeated if You Gain and Then Lose Weight in the Future
When you first come in for your tummy tuck consultation, Dr. Ayoub will evaluate your BMI, and determine if you are at a healthy and goal weight or not. This is because a tummy tuck isn’t weight loss surgery. The best candidates will be at or very close to their goal weight, have maintained it for at least 6 months, and have a diet and exercise plan to keep their weight in check post-surgery.
It’s important that you’re committed to keeping your weight stable before you have a tummy tuck because future fluctuations in weight may result in you developing new flabby, sagging, or loose abdominal skin – you know, the exact same problem you rectified with your first procedure. So if you have a tummy tuck, but your weight fluctuates in the future, it’s possible you’ll need a repeat surgery to reattain your previous results.
2. Omaha Mothers Who Have Children After an Abdominoplasty May Need a Repeat Surgery
When an Omaha woman comes in for a tummy tuck consultation, Dr. Ayoub asks her if she’s certain she’s done having children. It’s not because he’s trying to pry into your family size plans. The reason is that abdominal changes during and after pregnancy are one of the top reasons that local moms seek out abdominoplasty, to begin with. It’s safe to have a future pregnancy after having a tummy tuck, but having another baby may mean your surgical results will be lost.
3. Sometimes the Aging Process Negates Previous Abdominoplasty Results
You probably already know this, but when it comes to skin tightness and aging, gravity is not our friend. As you age, it’s natural for Omaha men and women to have their skin start heading south, especially in the abdomen.
If you had a tummy tuck when you were younger – even if you never had another pregnancy – and maintained your goal weight, it’s possible that the natural aging process will “gift” you with more sagging and loose abdominal skin. In that case, you’ll need a second surgery to reclaim your former results.
Call Westfield Plastic Surgery Center with any Other Tummy Tuck Questions
If you have any other questions about maintaining tummy tuck results, such as if you want the procedure but are on medications known to cause weight gain, Dr. Ayoub of Westfield Plastic Surgery Center is happy to answer them. Simply call his practice today to set up a surgical consultation to go over the procedure, be screened for surgical eligibility, and ask all your questions about the surgery and recovery process.
Also, head over to our tummy tuck gallery for real before and after patient results.