If you are still struggling to take off the excess pounds put on during the holidays last month, you are not alone. Many Americans are starting to kick their diet and exercise regimens into high gear in order to get in shape for spring and summer.
Unfortunately, for many people, diet and exercise alone isn’t enough to get back that perfect body. As a result, many turn to cosmetic surgery procedures in order to get that extra boost. Many people will opt for a tummy tuck to help remove stubborn fat deposits in their abdomen. But this procedure is not an alternative to weight loss, it is a supplement to help tone up those areas that are not responsive to your current weight loss plan.
Many people will ask their cosmetic surgeon whether it is better to lose weight before or after their tummy tuck. If you only have a few pounds to lose, then it really doesn’t matter. However, if you need to lose a significant amount of weight — 20 pounds or more — then you are best off losing the weight before your surgery.
When you lose a significant amount of weight, you tend to develop excess skin in your abdominal region. During your tummy tuck, this skin will be tightened to leave you with a more toned body. However, if you get your tummy tuck before you lose the weight, you may need a second procedure in order to tighten up this excess skin. By losing the weight first, you will eliminate the need for a second abdominoplasty.