A tummy tuck should be a once-in-a-lifetime procedure but long-term results depend on the person. Although lifestyle factors like pregnancy and weight fluctuations can affect the skin and muscles in your abdomen, there are a couple things you can do to ensure that your tummy tuck results last as long as possible.
Do Your Part
Your part of the work toward a sleeker, tighter abdomen starts with being honest with yourself. You may want a tummy tuck but it may not be the right time yet. Are you still working to reach your target weight? Are you planning to have more children?
If the answer to either of these questions is yes, you may want to delay having a tummy tuck until you have reached your goal weight or completed your family. Pregnancy and gaining weight can both stretch your skin, while pregnancy may also weaken or separate the muscles in your abdomen, affecting your abdominoplasty results.
Commit to Maintaining Your Look
A tummy tuck can dramatically improve the look and feel of your abdomen, but the journey to your goal figure isn’t complete once the surgery is finished. It’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating well and exercising regularly after your body has healed.
Change Happens with Age
Although a tummy tuck should last for several years or longer, your body will still change as the years go by. Your weight and the elasticity of your skin may change as you age, leaving you with an abdomen that looks a bit different. Not all change is bad, and you can always choose to enhance your abdominoplasty results in the future with nonsurgical fat reduction options or another procedure so you can age gracefully.