It’s a brand new year and a brand new decade, isn’t it time for a brand new you? It’s no secret that among the top New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight or other body image-related goals. We love and support anyone who is trying to feel more confident in their own skin when they’re using healthy means to do so. That being said, we also feel that plastic surgery can have its time and place in your weight loss journey. It’s a common misconception that abdominoplasty (tummy tucks) or liposuction can be a “quick fix” for weight loss, however that isn’t the case.
Abdominoplasty procedures are recommended for patients who have already lost a significant amount of weight and now have excess skin in the abdominal area. So then it becomes a matter of, how much weight do I need to lose before a tummy tuck procedure? Luckily that question can be answered pretty simply in a consultation with Dr. Watterson. If you feel like that isn’t the right place to start for you and you’ve never tried sticking with a legitimate diet and exercise routine that is an excellent starting point. These lifestyle changes might even make it so you won’t need a tummy tuck at all. As mentioned before, a tummy tuck procedure is really only done for the purpose of eliminating excess skin. It’s important to be sure that your diet and exercise routine (or lack thereof) aren’t the sole reason for your interest in a tummy tuck.
If you think that’s more of the level that you’re starting from, we’d recommend going to see a doctor first for a physical exam before starting a weight loss program. Make sure this exam includes tests for obesity and diabetes as those are possible health issues that can come from holding onto excess weight. The results of the tests will give you all the info you and your doctor will need to determine what your next step should be.
If you still think you’d be a good candidate for a tummy tuck procedure, call our office today at 801-571-2020 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Watterson. We’d love to help you get to the next level with your body confidence.