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Does fat come back after a tummy tuck?

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A tummy tuck is also referred to as abdominoplasty. It is the process of removing excess skin from your tummy and recontouring your abdominal profile. This helps to give you a firm, flat, slek abdomen. However, to maintain the results, you should maintain a healthy lifestyle. A small amount of weight gain after abdominoplasty will not affect you, but a lot of weight gain can stretch your abdominal muscles and skin. Pregnancy can also alter the results of a tummy tuck.

An abdominoplasty is a very complex surgical procedure and often can be costly. To ensure that you do not lose the results you gained from the tummy tuck procedure, keeping a healthy lifestyle is very important.

What Happens When you Gain Weight After a Tummy Tuck?

If you start to gain a lot of weight back after a tummy tuck it can cause your results to change. The main concerns that happen which affect your results are:

Loose Muscles

Gaining a lot of weight causes your abdominal muscles and the skin to stretch. The muscles can lose their tone and firmness. To maintain the results you got after a tummy tuck, you should exercise regularly and eat healthy. A tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure. Actually, it is a procedure that helps to contour the loose skin and weakened muscles on the abdomen after undergoing major changes, like pregnancy or major weight loss.

Stretched Skin

Gaining weight affects the results of an abdominoplasty. The procedure usually gets rid of most of the fat cells in the abdomen leaving very few of them. Since there will be less fat distribution in your abdomen, there will be more loose skin than before the surgery.

Why Does Fat Come Back After a Tummy Tuck?

To prevent yourself from gaining weight after a tummy tuck, it’s important to know the reasons why it could happen.


As a woman, your hormones change every month from the time you hit puberty to adulthood. Hormonal imbalance can dramatically affect your weight. If you have tried to eat right and exercise regularly, but you are still gaining weight, it’s time to visit a doctor and get tips on balancing your hormones.


The only way to retain a tight abdomen after surgery is to follow and maintain a healthy lifestyle. There is no replacement for regular exercise and balanced diets.


Stress will make you eat more and sleep less. These factors are accelerants to weight gain. More so, stress can lead to hormonal imbalance, which can, in turn, lead to the problems mentioned above.


It is advisable to have a tummy tuck only if you don’t intend to get pregnant in the future. Although a tummy tuck does not affect the baby or the pregnancy, the surgical results will be affected. Your skin will stretch more, and your abdominal muscles will be loose. You will then be forced to undergo another procedure to rectify that.

Meet With Dr. Ellen

If you are concerned about maintaining your tummy tuck results, talk with Dr. Ellen for some guidance. At her office in Birmingham, Michigan she has helped many patients to achieve, and keep, their desired results from a tummy tuck procedure. Even if it has been years since you received your tummy tuck and start to notice some changes, call her to see how you can maintain the desired look. To schedule an appointment call her office today at (248) 220-6760 or fill out an online form.

(248) 220-6760 60 West Big Beaver Rd, Suite 100, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

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