In Colorado Springs we get asked a lot about whether or not tummy tucks will take away that spare tire too many of us have around our midsection. A tummy tuck is the perfect option for tightening up the abdomen and improving the contour of your waist, but it is not intended to remove significant amounts of fat from the body. The majority of our Colorado Springs tummy tuck cases are done after an individual has lost a large amount weight from his or her body. After a significant weight loss or pregnancy, most individuals have excess, stretched out skin that they’d like removed in order to show off their new, slimmer self. Weight can decrease after having a tummy tuck but in most cases, it is just weight from excess skin and perhaps some superficial (subcutaneous fat) attached to the skin.
Tummy tucks are extremely popular after bariatric procedures like gastric banding and gastric bypass. A small amount of weight loss from a tummy tuck may be achieved from the increased metabolic activity related to wound healing as well as the decrease in appetite related to the anesthetic and narcotics given post-op. Mentally, tummy tucks also help in weight loss because the surgery often increases one's desire to exercise and eat right maintain optimal results. Based on our experience here in the Colorado Springs area, the extent of weight loss from a tummy tuck varies greatly from client to client. There are basically three components to the surgery that can be corrected. These include removing excess abdominal fat, removing excess abdominal skin and tightening up loose abdominal muscles.
Most of our clients in Colorado Springs have all or only some of these indications and each surgery is uniquely designed for each individual patient. Clients typically lose a modest amount of additional weight after having a tummy tuck but benefit greatly from the removal of loose skin and stretch marks along with the tightening of the abdominal muscles. Basically, tummy tucks are meant to reshape the abdomen and not primarily for weight loss purposes. If you live in Colorado Springs and are interested in the tummy tuck surgery, contact us today for more information.