Eating too much after an hourglass tummy tuck
Eating too much after an hourglass tummy tuck
The most common cause of the unsightly appearance of the tummy is pregnancy or multiple pregnancies. However, this is not the only reason why people might develop an unpleasant appearance of the abdomen. Weight fluctuations can have the same negative effect on the appearance of the tummy and create an excess of skin folds on the lower part that can represent a real physical and emotional discomfort for the patient. The excess skin on the tummy is often called an abdominal apron, and patients can resort to different methods to try to hide it such as getting clothes that are a few sizes larger.
Even people with normal weight can be confronted with an unaesthetic appearance of the tummy. These are the patients that can resort to the hourglass tummy tuck to get a flat and firm tummy and an improved silhouette. The tummy tuck addresses both men and women who have imperfections on the abdominal wall. However, the hourglass tummy tuck only targets women who want to achieve the beautiful hourglass silhouette aside from a better appearance of the tummy.
In this article, we will discuss some details of the hourglass tummy tuck and what can happen when eating too much after it.
Details of the hourglass tummy tuck
While this procedure has seen a considerable increase in demand over the last few years, it is still not a procedure performed by all plastic surgeons. The procedure is a complicated one and requires a keen eye for details, surgical skills, and a passion for beauty to perform it with the best results possible.
The hourglass tummy tuck can help patients get not only a firm tummy but also the silhouette of their dreams. The plastic surgeon will target multiple areas of the body such as the flanks, abdominal wall, and hips. The flanks will be treated with liposuction to eliminate the excess of adipose tissue and to create a smaller waist. The abdominal wall can also undergo liposuction if there is a considerable layer of fat there. Liposuction is an important part of the hourglass tummy tuck as it allows for the removal of unwanted fat to create more volume in order to achieve the hourglass silhouette. The fat extracted is processed, and some of it is used for grafting into the hips. Fat grafting is a novel and interesting procedure that allows for enlarging the hips in a natural and safe manner. The fat grafted to the hips will create alluring curves with flanks that are now beautifully contoured after liposuction.
The surgical plan followed for the tummy tuck entails making an incision in the suprapubic area and elevating the skin from the abdominal muscles that will be brought together and strengthened with sutures. After the gap between the muscles is corrected, the skin can be re-draped over the abdominal wall. The plastic surgeon needs to ensure there is good tension in the skin over the tummy to create a firm and flat appearance. The excess of skin is then removed and the incision is sutured.
Because the procedure is performed on the tummy and the incisions can be considerable, patients are advised to avoid any type of pressure on them that can lead to their opening or other complications. Eating too much after the hourglass tummy tuck can trigger unwanted complications if it occurs immediately after the surgery or in the long run.
Eating too much immediately after the hourglass tummy tuck
Resuming normal function for intestinal transit is very important after any surgical procedure, and it indicates the start of an optimal recovery period after the use of general anesthetic.
One of the most uncomfortable things that you can be experiencing after an hourglass tummy tuck is a bloated tummy. Gas accumulations in the stomach can cause it to bloat, and this can be very unpleasant especially considering the location of the incision for the hourglass tummy tuck and the fact that you need to avoid any type of pressure on the incisions for at least two weeks after the procedure. Eating too much immediately after an hourglass tummy tuck can cause a bloated tummy, an excess of gas in the tummy, or other similar symptoms that the patient should avoid at all costs, especially during the first two weeks post-op or until the incisions are fully closed.
The diet after the hourglass tummy tuck should start with fluids and purees and then continue with solid food once the intestinal transit has resumed. Starting with the second or third day after the procedure, the patient is encouraged to choose foods such as light cheese, boiled lean meat, boiled egg, and steamed vegetables. Fruits and vegetables should be included in your diet to help you avoid constipation that can also be triggered by eating too much of the foods that are not recommended after the surgery.
A post-operative light diet should be followed for a minimum of two weeks after the hourglass tummy tuck to avoid complications that could lead to the opening of the incisions or excessive pain and discomfort. However, the healing process will continue over the next few months, so it is important to keep a balanced regimen to help your body heal after these two weeks as well.
Eating too much in the long-term
The hourglass tummy tuck delivers impressive results that are permanent with one condition: the patient needs to keep the same weight after the procedure. This means that any weight fluctuations that can occur after the hourglass tummy tuck can alter the beautiful results achieved.
But what can happen if you eat too much in the long term? Gaining weight will reflect on your body, including the areas that were treated with the hourglass tummy tuck: the waist, abdominal wall, and hips. It is true that the areas treated with liposuction such as the flanks and abdominal wall won’t be the first ones to show the excessive weight; however, there will be other areas of the body that will grow in volume first and hence the aesthetic appearance of your body will be compromised. Moreover, even if liposuction was performed, the plastic surgeon can’t eliminate all the fat cells in the area as this is not possible. The remaining fat cells will increase their volume accordingly to the weight gain that occurred. Keep in mind that the fat cells can increase their volume up to a thousand times.
Also, the fat that was transferred to the hips will begin behaving like normal fat after developing a new blood network. This means that the cells grafted there can increase their volume just like the other fat cells in the body, and this can create a disproportionate appearance of the silhouette in the process.
Eating too much in the long-term after the hourglass procedure can cause a weight gain of more than 2 kg per month, and this can affect the results achieved to a greater or lesser extent, depending on the weight you put on. Keep in mind that the only way to sustain a beautiful appearance is to keep a balanced and healthy diet.
Weight fluctuations are one of the causes of the unaesthetic appearance of the tummy that can trigger the need to undergo an hourglass tummy tuck to correct the imperfections of the abdominal wall and the midline. To be able to have a smooth and fast recovery period and also to sustain the results for longer, patients are advised to avoid eating too much. There can be different complications that occur if the patient overeats after the procedure. Eating too much immediately after the hourglass tummy tuck can cause bloating and constipation that can create not only an excessive discomfort for the patient but even the opening of the incisions. A light diet should be kept for at least two weeks post-op to ensure you have a fast recovery process and make sure to avoid caffeinated and carbonated beverages, refined sugars, and fried foods. To be able to sustain the beautiful results achieved with the hourglass tummy tuck, the patient needs to be committed to avoiding weight fluctuations. A weight gain of more than 2 kg per month can alter the results achieved with the procedure.