How to Maintain Your Tummy Tuck Results
You’ve finally gotten rid of that stubborn loose skin and started your journey to a new body, so what’s next? Following your tummy tuck procedure, chances are that you may have questions about maintaining your results. The results of a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, are usually long-lasting, but after your recovery, you’ll likely need to make an effort to maintain your flat stomach. Use these tips to help maintain your new look.
Regular exercise is an important component of any healthy lifestyle. Immediately following your surgery, you’ll need time to recover, so it is recommended to hold off on any rigorous physical activity. Once your doctor gives the okay to begin exercising, you should do so regularly. Daily exercise is one of the best ways to keep your new tummy tuck in good shape. Core workouts are not necessarily the only workout you should focus on; a full-body workout routine that consists of 30 minutes to an hour of daily exercise will better help you maintain your results.
Before you have your tummy tuck procedure, it’s important to be close to or at your goal weight. Once your procedure is complete, sticking to a healthy diet will help maintain those results—don’t rely on just exercising. Integrate whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables, and protein into your diet as much as possible to stay healthy and in good shape. Avoid crash dieting—you may run the risk adversely affecting the results of your procedure due to stretched skin. A healthy diet and helpful skincare products are a great combination to supplement your maintenance routine and lessen discomfort, bruising, or swelling from surgery.
Follow Up With Your Doctor
It’s always important to stay in touch with your cosmetic surgeon. Attend each scheduled post-operation appointment and communicate openly with your doctor about any concerns you may have or medical advice needed. Everyone’s results are different, and your doctor’s professional expertise is the most appropriate source of information for maintaining your results.
While your recovery from a tummy tuck may vary, these tips can help you keep your new, flat stomach in the best shape possible. Contact Elizabeth A. Kinsley, MD today to help you reach your body goals. As a trained and board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Kinsley is well-equipped to answer your questions and can even offer 3D consultations completely online.