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Can a Tummy Tuck Help You Keep Weight Off?

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Abdominoplasties, or tummy tucks, are a go-to surgery for a wide range of people. Women post-pregnancy look to the surgery to remove loose, stretched-out skin and tighten weakened or separated abdominal muscles. Both men and women turn to tummy tucks after weight loss, wanting to shed once and for all the hanging skin that hasn’t shrunk along with the rest of them.

People with a healthy body weight may still have a belly that protrudes or sags as a result of aging, heredity, or surgery. A tummy tuck can help people get a flat, well-toned abdomen that may be impossible to achieve through diet and exercise alone. As if these benefits aren’t enough, a study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) found that many women experienced significant, long-term weight loss following a tummy tuck.

Increased Satiety

The participants in the study all reported having an increased satiety, or feeling full after a meal or throughout their day. This feeling of satisfaction resulted in an overall lower consumption of calories, which resulted in sustained weight loss a year after the surgery.

Reduced Appetite

Researchers hypothesize that the removal of fat cells from the abdomen affects the appetite. They believe that fatty tissues secrete hormones that increase the urge to eat. This theory lines up with the ASPS study results, where those women who had the greatest amount of excess abdominal tissue removed also sustained the greatest weight loss a year following their tummy tuck.

Motivated by the Results

People who undergo abdominoplasty are also more motivated to maintain the results of their surgery, and so may adopt healthier habits. It’s not uncommon for patients post-tummy tuck to increase their exercise and opt for a better diet in order to retain their leaner shape.

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