Can Belly Fat Return After A Tummy Tuck?

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Tummy tuck continues to be one of the most in-demand body contouring procedures among both women and men year after year. From removing excess skin after weight loss to tightening loose skin after pregnancy, the benefits of a tummy tuck can truly be life-changing. For many patients, stubborn abdominal fat is a key concern that leads them to pursue tummy tuck surgery.  Plastic surgeon Dr. Michelle Eagan and the expert team at New Orleans Plastic Surgery are proud to help patients achieve the slimmer, tighter, sexier physique they’ve been wanting with the most advanced tummy tuck tools and techniques available. Discover the possibilities of tummy tuck surgery here, and find out how long you can expect your fat removal results to last.


What’s included in tummy tuck surgery?

You may be surprised to learn that tummy tuck surgery offers more than skin removal alone, though that is certainly one of its primary purposes. Formally known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is often used by women to restore their pre-pregnancy figure. The procedure is also extremely popular for patients looking to reverse the unwanted side effects of extreme weight loss. During tummy tuck surgery in New Orleans, Dr. Eagan uses a combination of advanced techniques, including skin excision, muscle tightening, liposuction fat removal, and others to sculpt a firmer, slimmer, more natural-looking body shape. Some of the most common concerns that can be improved or corrected with abdominoplasty include:


  • Loose skin
  • Hanging skin folds
  • Wrinkled stomach
  • Stretch marks
  • Stretched out belly button
  • Diastasis recti
  • Mommy pooch
  • Stubborn fat bulges
  • Muffin top
  • Hernia
  • Stress urinary incontinence
  • Poor posture


During your initial consultation for New Orleans tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Eagan will thoroughly evaluate your concerns, discuss your personal goals, and determine whether tummy tuck may be right for you. Depending on the nature and severity of your concerns, Dr. Eagan may recommend a full tummy tuck, extended tummy tuck, or mini tummy tuck to help you achieve your ideal outcome


How many pounds can I lose with tummy tuck surgery?

First and foremost, patients should understand that tummy tuck surgery is not a replacement for traditional diet and exercise and should not be considered an alternative to traditional weight loss. Before undergoing a tummy tuck, patients should be at or near their goal weight and have maintained that weight for at least 6 – 12 months.


Because a significant amount of excess skin is often removed during a tummy tuck, patients may experience a small change in their weight. In many cases, liposuction is also performed as part of tummy tuck surgery to address small to moderate deposits of stubborn fat around the midsection. This surgical fat removal may also result in a subtle amount of weight loss. Losing inches is typically more common than losing pounds after tummy tuck, however, and the majority of patients are overwhelmingly pleased with their slender new physique, regardless of what the scale reads.


Are tummy tuck results permanent?

After tummy tuck recovery is complete, which may take several months, patients will be able to enjoy their gorgeous new figure. Many patients wonder how long their results may last and, in particular, whether tummy tuck liposuction is permanent. Technically speaking, the fat cells removed during liposuction will not return to the body. However, weight gain, pregnancy after tummy tuck, hormones, age, and other factors can cause new fat cells to form and remaining fat cells to become enlarged. For this reason, it is essential that patients are committed to maintaining a healthy, stable weight through diet and exercise after tummy tuck surgery. Additionally, women are encouraged to defer their procedure until they are done having children.


With proper tummy tuck aftercare and a healthy, active lifestyle, patients can enjoy their trim physique for many years to come.


Say goodbye to your mom bod with tummy tuck surgery in New Orleans, LA

If you’re desperate to look and feel more like yourself again after pregnancy, weight loss, or aging, we can help. Join the many men and women who have achieved the stunning, natural-looking, long-lasting transformation they wanted with abdominoplasty in New Orleans, LA. To learn more about the exciting benefits of tummy tuck surgery, call New Orleans Plastic Surgery to schedule your one-on-one consultation with award-winning plastic surgeon Dr. Michelle Eagan today!


* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.