Abdominoplasty Can Have Long-term Weight Loss Benefits

Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery has gained popularity in recent years as an effective plastic surgery procedure to eliminate excess abdominal fat and achieve a firmer, trimmer tummy. The treatment involves liposuction using advanced modalities such as laser-assisted SmartLipo Triplex, radiofrequency-assisted BodyTite and ultrasound-assisted VASER. These safe, minimally invasive body contouring devices can provide optimal results with high-definition sculpting capabilities and proven tissue coagulation and skin tightening benefits.

A recent study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), says many women experience lasting weight loss one year after abdominoplasty. This is good news for patients who were overweight before the treatment.

The researchers reported that the long-term weight loss is closely related to increased satiety. Satiety refers to the feeling of fullness after eating which controls the urge to eat for a period of time after a meal. It is widely accepted that increased satiety can contribute significantly to long-term weight loss. Three-fourths of women in this pilot study reported an increased feeling of satiety, either after eating or throughout the day, after undergoing abdominoplasty. The changes in the neuroendocrine system were cited as the possible reason for the increased satiety, which helped to control the urge to eat. Fatty tissues secrete hormones that increase appetite and removing these abdominal fat cells work to reduce it. One year later, 14 of the 20 women in the sample had experienced weight loss greater than the weight of the tissue resected.

Most of the women who enjoyed long-term weight loss were those who were just under borderline for overweight. Those who had a greater quantity of surplus abdominal tissue removed also enjoyed sustained weight loss.

More than one-thirds of the US population is obese, according to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC). New measures are needed to control and reverse obesity. Gastric bypass and other bariatric surgical procedures are generally limited to patients with morbid obesity, but abdominoplasty is offering new hope. Tummy tuck surgery is available to a wider range of men and women looking to reduce the size and improve the appearance of their abdomen. That’s why the findings of this new study need to be investigated further.