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How to Maintain Your Tummy Tuck Results

Posted June 13, 2018 in True Form Tummy Tuck®

Tummy tuck surgery can successfully contour, enhance, and sculpt the appearance of your abdomen after age, pregnancy, weight gain, and/or weight loss have left their distinct marks. The results Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Chris Patronella achieves through his True Form Tummy Tuck® method typically are long-lasting if you maintain your weight, a nutrition-rich diet, and other healthy lifestyle habits. By following these guidelines, you’ll enjoy the benefits of a toned midsection for years to come.

Maintain Weight With Exercise and  a Healthy Diet

Tummy Tuck Before & AfterThe best way to keep any part of your body looking healthy and toned is through a healthy lifestyle. Exercising is and will always be a vital part of both your physical and emotional health, and it is this practice that will help keep your midsection looking the way you want. That said, you don’t need to spend three hours a day at the gym. For many patients, 30-minute exercise routines performed three to four times a week are often all it takes to keep your body fit. In combination with your exercise program, it is essential that you follow a healthy diet. Focus on foods that are full of lean protein; make sure to eat enough vegetables, fruits, and fiber; and limit those foods that are heavily processed and full of sugar and fat.

Avoid Future Pregnancies

A common reason women cite for desiring their tummy tuck is to reverse the effects of pregnancy and childbirth. For all the joys and benefits that children bring, keeping your abdomen sculpted is not one of them, and many women struggle with these physical changes. While tummy tuck surgery can help return your stomach to a more youthful, pre-baby physique, it doesn’t prevent the adverse physical effects of pregnancy from occurring to your abdomen again, should another pregnancy arise. Many surgeons, including Dr. Patronella in Houston, Texas, suggest that if additional children are on the horizon, you should probably hold off on your surgery until you are ready.

Don’t Smoke

Another obvious tip to maintaining your post-tummy tuck physique is to refrain from all smoking and tobacco use. Tobacco of any kind ages you by affecting the quality and elasticity of your skin as well as reducing your blood circulation. Smoking can also lead to other (and more dangerous) health concerns, which may affect your strength and ability to exercise to keep the weight off.

The results of your True Form Tummy Tuck® are long lasting when paired with the dedication to a healthy lifestyle. Smart choices don’t require overhauling your life; it only means making small changes that will not only allow your midsection to shine but will also contribute to your overall health. If you are interested in learning how the True Form Tummy Tuck® can benefit you, call Dr. Patronella in today at (713) 575-1996 to set up a consultation.

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