What Happens After a Tummy Tuck_ The Key to Making your Results Last

what happens after a tummy tuck

what happens after a tummy tuckA tummy tuck can transform the appearance of your midsection, giving you the appearance of a flatter, smoother tummy. When performed by a well-trained, experienced, expert cosmetic surgeon like Manhattan’s Dr. B. Aviva Preminger, a tummy tuck is a highly effective treatment to remove excess skin, smooth the stomach, sculpt the waistline, and even repair damaged or weakened abdominal muscles as a result of pregnancy. A tummy tuck is a major surgery that will entail significant expense and recovery time, so you want to be sure to maximize the results of the procedure. With that said, Preminger Plastic Surgery suggests these tips to make the results of your tummy tuck last as long as possible.

Regular Exercise

Once you have completed the initial stage of recovery from a tummy tuck, you should be able to begin light exercise. After healing is complete, starting and maintaining a regimen of regular exercise is crucial. Light exercise usually is allowed approximately a month after surgery, and tummy tuck patients can begin abdominal exercises such as sit-ups or crunches about six weeks following the procedure.

The ideal exercise routines for a tummy tuck patient combines cardio and light weight training. Any cardio exercise that elevates your heart rate, and serves as a catalyst for fat burning, is appropriate. Meanwhile, the weight training helps keep the abdomen and other parts of the body toned and sculpted.

Eating Right

If you have a tummy tuck then resume your former eating habits, the results of your surgery will not last.

The ideal diet for a patient who has received a tummy tuck follows these rules:

  • Choose foods that are low in preservatives
  • Emphasize fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Minimize consumption of processed foods and fast foods

Eating healthy is easier than you think. After a while, making healthy food choices will become a habit. It is important to consider this not as a diet, but as a change in lifestyle to a healthier, more nutritious way of eating that will help maintain the results of your tummy tuck.

Portion Control

Eating the right amount is just as important as eating the right thing. Many of the portion sizes now served in restaurants are two or three times as large as what a person actually should eat in a single sitting.

Follow these rules on serving sizes:

  • A serving of meat should be the same approximate size as a deck of cards
  • A serving of fruit, yogurt, vegetables, or another healthy snack should not be larger than the size of your closed fist.
  • A portion of salad can be as large as two of your fists put together, as long as you are not excessive with toppings and dressing.

Tummy Tuck in Manhattan

Feed yourself based on these serving sizes, and you will find it much more feasible to maintain your tummy tuck results.

To learn more about our tummy tuck or any other cosmetic surgery procedures available at Preminger Plastic Surgery, schedule a consultation today at our Manhattan office by calling (212) 706-1900.

Located on the upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, Preminger Plastic Surgery is proud to offer world-class services in plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery.