Keeping the Weight Off After Liposuction or a Tummy Tuck With Orbera

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The decision to get liposuction and/or a tummy tuck can be a momentous choice. Those of you who decide to have these procedures often experience a significant change in how you view their bodies and, by extension, in your feelings about yourself.

However, maintaining these amazing results and one’s weight after the procedure can be a big part of preserving the desired results. Weight maintenance and weight loss can be difficult and can take a lot of effort.

How Does Weight Gain Affect Liposuction or a Tummy Tuck?

It is normal to gain back a little weight after liposuction or a tummy tuck, but too much weight gain can affect the long-term results of both procedures. For example, weight gain after a tummy tuck can cause problems with stretched skin and lack of muscle tone. Individuals who do not change their diet and exercise regimens after liposuction can sometimes see fat appear in other parts of the body, such as the breasts, back, and arms.

How to Keep the Weight Off

The following techniques can help ensure that people eat right and keep the weight off after having one or both of these procedures.

  • A good tip is to drink lots of water. This is almost always a staple of a regular dieting regimen because it will help individuals stay stable after surgery and will boost their ability to lose weight. Drinking more water helps burn more calories while resting, and it can help people feel fuller longer, which is especially beneficial for those who drink a glass of water before meals.
  • It’s also important to eat a balanced diet. Post-surgery patients should avoid eating the same foods every day and try to stay away from processed foods, which are often overloaded with sugar. It’s better to stick to whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and proteins, including lean meats.
  • Another good tip is to eat smaller snacks or meals throughout the day, rather than limiting oneself to three squares. This can help keep one’s energy levels high and avoid the possibility of overeating during one sitting.
  • Finally, controlling stress can be important for maintaining one’s weight after surgery. Stress raises the level of the hormone cortisol, and cortisol can hinder the body’s ability to burn calories, making it more likely to store fat. It can also make a person more likely to reach for unhealthy foods as a de-stressor, so learning to de-stress can help lead to better eating habits. There are different methods of reducing stress levels, including meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, and hot baths.

These are all great ways to maintain a healthy weight after a weight loss procedure like liposuction.

Non-Surgical Weight Loss – Getting Back to Your Post-Op Weight

Sometimes, everyone needs a little extra help, especially with something as difficult as maintaining or losing weight. When this is the case, an Orbera balloon can be extremely helpful.

Orbera is an FDA-approved balloon that is placed in the stomach and inflated with sterile saline solution to create a feeling of fullness, reduce hunger and lose 20-50 lbs. The procedure is extremely simple, noninvasive, and nonsurgical. The whole process only takes about 20 minutes.

Orbera not only reduces hunger pangs, but it also slows down the process of digestion, which ensures that patients aren’t eating more than necessary. It is important to mention that Orbera is not a permanent choice, but kick starts your weight loss — after six months, the balloon is removed, which allows for a lot of flexibility.

The balloon has been shown to help patients lose more than three times the weight than diet and exercise alone. It can also be an effective tool in helping keep weight off after a tummy tuck or liposuction. It can also work for those who have put on weight several years after surgery and are looking to lose 20 to 50 pounds or more without surgery.

It can be very difficult to follow the strict diet and exercise routine that is expected after these procedures, especially for those who have always struggled with weight gain. Orbera makes it easier to avoid unnecessary snacking or overeating, which will help keep the pounds off.

All in all, Orbera is an elegant, easy and noninvasive solution to the issue of weight gain after cosmetic procedures like a tummy tuck or liposuction. Those who have chosen Orbera are often able to retrain the brain to avoid unnecessary overeating and to make permanent changes in their lives without side effects. For full safety information about Orbera, visit their website at www.orbera.com.


References

https://www.orbera.com/

https://www.livestrong.com/article/233812-consequences-of-weight-gain-after-having-a-tummy-tuck/

https://www.allure.com/story/what-if-i-gain-weight-after-liposuction

https://nubodyconcepts.com/blog/liposuction/5-ways-to-maintain-results-after-liposuction-procedures/

https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/blog/best-foods-to-eat-after-liposuction

How to Get Active Post Tummy Tuck

Once you start to see results from your tummy tuck, you may feel motivated to get up and out — exercise, hang out by the pool, or go shopping for new clothes. But it’s important to take it slowly as you heal so you can enjoy beautiful results and protect your well-being. Read our infographic below for a timeline on physical activity after surgery and how you can ease back into an active routine.


If you are considering a tummy tuck, contact us for a consultation today.

Liposuction, Tummy Tuck, Or Both?

If you’ve ever heard someone quip “She had a tummy tuck!” about a celebrity who has rapidly shed her “baby weight,” then you know that liposuction and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery are often confused. In reality, that celebrity has probably done most of the hard work of weight loss herself… But she might have made use of an abdominoplasty to snap her stomach back into the kind of taught, tight shape that makes headlines.

So, what’s the difference between liposuction and abdominoplasty, and what do you need to know if you’re interested in either one? Read on to find out:

The Skinny On Liposuction Vs. Abdominoplasty

First and foremost, it’s important to understand that neither liposuction nor abdominoplasty are intended to be true “weight loss surgeries.” Liposuction is often used to remove small to medium-sized deposits of stubborn fat found anywhere on the body (e.g., a genetic “double chin” or belly fat that exercise just won’t budge), but it can’t make an overweight person thin overnight. If you have a great deal of excess weight, you’ll need to lose it via healthy means before considering cosmetic surgeries. Cosmetic surgeries are, however, often a necessary final step in creating a really sleek, lean appearance. It’s extremely difficult, and not always safe, to reduce your body fat percentage to a very low amount via diet and exercise alone. If you’re a healthy weight but still have unsightly fat deposits, then liposuction is a better choice for banishing them than extreme dieting.

Tummy tuck surgery, on the other hand, doesn’t target specific fat deposits (though some subcutaneous fat will usually be removed during this procedure). Instead, it assists people who have already lost a lot of weight (such as formerly obese individuals or women who have recently given birth). Often these people have a lot of unsightly loose skin that will never completely firm up on its own. To correct this, their plastic surgeon will make a long incision on their lower abdomen, reposition the skin, muscles, and tissue above, then remove whatever excess is left over. This leaves the stomach looking firm and toned.

In summation, liposuction is probably right for you if you’re a healthy weight but need to take care of one or more smaller deposits of stubborn fat. An abdominoplasty, on the other hand, is the better choice if you’re happy with your overall fat loss, but have loose skin you need to get rid of. And of course, if you have both issues, it’s important to keep in mind that you can safely get both surgeries—You’ll just need to get your abdominal liposuction done first before having a tummy tuck.

For more information, or to schedule a consultation, contact Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa today.

Am I a candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

Women and men who have loose abdominal skin and fat that is concentrated in the abdomen can benefit from tummy tuck.  Sometimes the conditions are inherited or in other instances may be due to excessive weight loss which can cause the skin to become flaccid.  A tummy tuck can tighten muscles that have become separated or loosened from pregnancy and may also reduce the appearance of stretch marks below the navel.

You may be a good candidate if you have excess or sagging abdominal skin; an abdomen that protrudes and is out of proportion with the rest of your body; or abdominal muscles that have been separated or weakened.

A tummy tuck will enhance your body contour by making your abdomen firmer and flatter.   Most people love the way they look after a tummy tuck and feel more confident about their appearance.  The scars from the incision will fade over time, but are usually able to be concealed by most bathing suits and undergarments.  It is important that you continue to live a healthy lifestyle which includes a balanced diet and exercise in order to maintain your results. If you are interested in a tummy tuck or any other plastic surgery procedures, contact Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa of Vernon Hills at 847-367-8155.

Liposuction vs. Abdominoplasty: Which Do You Need?

Liposuction and abdominoplasty (or \”tummy tuck\”) have some things in common. Both aim to improve the contours of your body by removing unsightly fat that clings to you no matter how much you exercise. Because they share similar end goals, some people have a tendency to confuse the two, but there are important differences between them.

First, abdominoplasty, as the name implies, is only for the abdominal region (the \”tummy\”). In contrast, you can also use liposuction to get rid of unwanted fat on your arms and legs, back, face, chest or buttocks.

The two surgeries also work in different ways. Liposuction eliminates fat by first loosening it up (the exact method of accomplishing this depends on the type of liposuction) and then drawing it out of the body. Abdominoplasty, on the other hand, involves your doctor making an incision in your midsection and restoring muscles and removing loose skin as well as removing fat.

It’s possible to get both at the same time, and many patients do. For other people, though, only one of them is an appropriate choice. If you have loose skin, perhaps as the result of rapid weight loss, a tummy tuck is recommended. If your skin is healthy and elastic, however, liposuction would be more appropriate.

If you aren’t sure which procedure is right for you, the best thing to do is to ask your doctor. He or she will be able to examine you and get a sense of what procedure would be best.

Am I a candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

Women and men who have loose abdominal skin and fat that is concentrated in the abdomen can benefit from tummy tuck.  Sometimes the conditions are inherited or in other instances may be due to excessive weight loss which can cause the skin to become flaccid.  A tummy tuck can tighten muscles that have become separated or loosened from pregnancy and may also reduce the appearance of stretch marks below the navel.

You may be a good candidate if you have excess or sagging abdominal skin; an abdomen that protrudes and is out of proportion with the rest of your body; or abdominal muscles that have been separated or weakened.

A tummy tuck will enhance your body contour by making your abdomen firmer and flatter.   Most people love the way they look after a tummy tuck and feel more confident about their appearance.  The scars from the incision will fade over time, but are usually able to be concealed by most bathing suits and undergarments.  It is important that you continue to live a healthy lifestyle which includes a balanced diet and exercise in order to maintain your results. If you are interested in a tummy tuck or any other plastic surgery procedures, contact Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa of Vernon Hills at 847-367-8155.

 

What is a “Mommy Makeover”?

90% of women experience stretch marks from pregnancy or other factors.  In addition, it is more difficult for mother’s to lose the weight as their body changes significantly after pregnancy.  Exercise and diet are factors that everyone can control, but then there’s loss of elasticity and
loose skin.  In most cases; lasers, weight loss or any diet cannot shrink skin enough to compensate for most
post-skin issues.

The combination of a tummy tuck and a breast augmentation is known as a “mommy makeover”.  The term “mommy makeover” came from millions of women who complained about sagging breasts and extra skin and fat from the abdominal section.  When the two surgeries are combined the end result is drastic -a firmer, more youthful body.

Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty, helps to flatten and shape the abdomen and waist by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles. The best candidates have pockets of fat or loose skin that haven’t responded well to diet and exercise.  The procedure can also be useful for women with stretched skin and muscles from pregnancy.  The procedure takes approximately two to five hours and can be performed with general anesthesia or local anesthesia with a sedative. Recovery time ranges from two weeks to a few months. With a balanced diet and regular exercise, results are long-lasting.  Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa have a high satisfaction rate with tummy tucks.

With loose skin of the abdomen from pregnancy, comes sagging breasts.  At Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa, breast augmentation has
steadily become one of the highest sought out cosmetic surgeries for all types of women.  Breast augmentation is a fairly simple surgery with a high satisfaction rate.  Women may elect to undergo breast augmentation for many different medical and aesthetic motivations, including balancing breast size and compensating for reduced breast mass after pregnancy or surgery. The procedure may be combined with others such as a breast lift or tummy tuck for more satisfying results.

Dr. Leonard and Dr. Mithcell Grasseschi have great experience with the Mommy Makeover.  Call us for a free consultation at
847-367-8815