A tummy tuck or abdominalplasty does a great job of creating a tight, flat tummy. If you have had a tummy tuck you know it is a major surgery and you want to do whatever is necessary to maintain the look you have achieved after going through both the surgery and lengthy recovery process.
Tummy tucks take anywhere from one to five hours to complete and require general anesthesia. It is a very invasive procedure with an incision made from hipbone to hipbone and has weeks of recovery afterward. Recovery can be as long as six weeks, whereby you will need to avoid any strenuous exercise and heavy lifting.
After going through the process it’s certainly a goal not to gain any of that weight back!
Many women opt for the tummy tuck procedure after pregnancy or after significant weight loss when they have excess skin they need to get rid of. Most often, surgeons will do liposuction at the same time as the tummy tuck, but many do not. And even if liposuction is done at the same time, often not enough of the fat is removed and this can be an issue if any weight gain is experienced post tummy tuck.
What If You Experience Weight Gain After a Tummy Tuck? Smartlipo!
Over time, if any weight gain is experienced, tummy tuck patients will notice the weight gain in the upper part of the abdomen, usually from the naval up to just under the breasts, while the lower abdomen remains very tight and flat. This can make for an unsatisfactory look and one many want to correct.
At WIFH, we have seen many women in our office with this very issue, and we are able to perform Smartlipo to get rid of the fat from their upper abdomen to return their bodies to post-tummy tuck glory.
How Smartlipo Works
For patients that have had a tummy tuck, Smartlipo is a piece of cake. It is a minimally invasive surgery and is done under local anesthesia with virtually no downtime. In many cases patients can even get in their cars and drive themselves home right after the procedure. In a nutshell, Smartlipo is laser lipolysis, or laser assisted liposuction, the laser melts the fat before being suctioned from the body. It also allows us to use very tiny instruments that cause the least amount of tissue trauma, in fact most patients don’t even bruise. Additionally, the heating and melting of the fat by the Smartlipo Triplex Laser causes deep tissue heating that promotes skin tightening, so not only will your unwanted fat be gone, but your skin will also be tighter and smoother.
If you are a woman who has had a tummy tuck and have experienced weight gain in the upper abdomen, WIFH can help. Visit or call WIFH for a complimentary consultation, to see if Smartlipo is the right solution for you.