Lasting Weight Loss After Abdominoplasty
Those who have lost a significant amount of weight are often dissatisfied with their resulting appearance because of loose, hanging skin. The most common complaint is of the abdominal area, where many people pack on the extra pounds in the form of abdominal fat. When weight is originally gained, the skin stretches to accommodate extra space for the fat on the body. If it is stretched too much or for too long, the skin cannot return to its normal size and shape even after the weight is lost.
Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) creates the firmer, slimmer midsection that diet and exercise cannot. This procedure removes loose, flabby skin and tightens stretched abdominal muscles. It is often combined with liposuction to remove stubborn fat from the area. After abdominoplasty, patients are finally able to enjoy their new body with confidence and show off the results of their hard work and dedication to a healthier lifestyle. The motivation to maintain this more toned and slender figure is just one of the many potential reasons that tummy tuck surgery can help with lasting weight loss.
Research Study Results
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), a recent study suggests that patients, especially previously overweight or obese patients, who undergo tummy tuck surgery have better chances of sustaining their weight loss compared to those who do not undergo the procedure. Of 20 women who had tummy tuck surgery, 14 of them had sustained weight loss over five pounds one year later. Overweight and obese patients lost an average of 4.5 percent of their original BMI. Many of the abdominoplasty patients attributed their weight loss and maintenance to increased satiety (feeling full and satisfied after eating).
It is thought that “neuroendocrine mechanisms” may play a part in promoting weight loss after tummy tuck surgery. Neuroendocrine cells release “signals” to the body when they receive information from the nerve cells, such as a hunger signal when there is a lack of energy reserves. Researchers speculate that abdominal fat cells release brain chemicals that stimulate these hunger signals even when energy reserves aren’t low, creating a vicious cycle of overeating and weight gain. Removing fat from the abdomen with tummy tuck surgery and liposuction may reduce the level of hunger-stimulating chemicals in the body, which could explain the increased satiety and weight loss experienced by patients.
If you’re interested in achieving a flatter, more toned abdomen with tummy tuck surgery, schedule your consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John L. Roussalis today. Call 307-234-4585 or fill out our online contact form for more information.