Tone Your Abdomen with a Tummy Tuck After Massive Weight Loss


Dealing with excess or sagging skin around the abdomen in the wake of dramatic weight loss can be frustrating. Dr. Julio Clavijo-Alvarez performs tummy tucks to remove loose skin and stubborn fat and eliminate this frustration at his practice in Pittsburgh, PA. A tummy tuck after massive weight loss requires more extensive contouring than a traditional tummy tuck, but can ultimately tighten the abdominal muscles and skin to help patients achieve a flatter, toned midsection. Whether the result of bariatric surgery, pregnancy, or dieting, you can eliminate uncomfortable excess skin and take confidence in your body again. 

*Results may vary


Treatment Options

traditional tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, requires an incision low on the abdomen above the pubic bone. Through this incision, your doctor can remove excess skin and tighten underlying muscles. A tummy tuck after massive weight loss can provide more extensive results. To achieve more dramatic sculpting, Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez, may use incision variations, such as:

  • Extended tummy tuck: These incisions typically extend further, from hip to hip, rather than limited to the low stomach alone.
  • Fleur-de-lis: An extra incision can be placed vertically along the stomach to remove excess skin higher in the abdomen.

Before approving you for surgery, Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez will ask you to come into the office for an initial consultation. During this first meeting, he will conduct a thorough evaluation to determine if you are in a stable and healthy condition for surgery. During this meeting, he can also design a treatment plan around your cosmetic goals and needs. In some cases, he may be able to combine a tummy tuck with other body contouring procedures such as butt liftsthigh lifts, or breast lifts that have been tailored to patients who have lost significant amounts of weight

Am I a Candidate? 

The best candidates for a tummy tuck after weight loss are typically those patients who are in good overall health and have reached a stable weight. The procedure can help those who still struggle with:

  • Excess, sagging skin on the abdomen
  • Rashes and discomfort due to loose and overlapping skin
  • Limited physical activity
  • Uncomfortable and ill-fitting clothes
  • Weak abdominal muscles
  • Diminished skin elasticity

To minimize the possibility of post-surgical complications, Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez also recommends that patients avoid smoking or using any tobacco products for at least six weeks before and after your procedure. Similarly, if you suffer from medical conditions which affect your ability to heal, such as diabetes, the doctor may suggest other options. 

What to Expect During the Procedure

An abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia at our state-of-the-art surgical facility. While the doctor can typically complete a tummy tuck in three to four hours, the total time will depend on whether you undergo any additional procedures and the extent of your surgery. Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez will begin the procedure by making an incision, through which he can remove excess skin or fat, reposition tissue, and tighten the abdominal muscles. Once this is done, the doctor can close the incisions, apply the necessary bandages and compressions garments, and send you to the recovery room.

Recovery and Benefits

Before you are released to go home, a member of our team will provide you with instructions to aid your recovery. Because tummy tuck surgery typically requires at least two weeks of downtime, we recommend having a loved available to assist you with daily activities. Most patients are able to return to limited activities after this time, and full activity within six to eight weeks. 

In many cases, the physical and psychological benefits of a tummy tuck can have a positive impact on your social and professional life, as well. 

Some patients notice an immediate difference after surgery, but the full effects of your tummy tuck can take several months to become evident. Once you have fully recovered, though, you can start to embrace and enjoy the benefits of your new figure, including:

  • Wider variety of clothing options, including swimsuits
  • Enjoyment of physical activity
  • Better health and quality of life
  • Shapelier figure and toned midsection

In many cases, the physical and psychological benefits of a tummy tuck can have a positive impact on your social and professional life, as well. 

Schedule Your Consultation

If you are having difficulty fitting into clothes comfortably or are self-conscious about the appearance of your abdomen, a tummy tuck can provide you with the confidence you need to enjoy life freely and fully. Contact our team at ReNova Plastic Surgery online or by calling 412-638-2391 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez and discuss your options. 

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