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How to Maintain a Tummy Tuck

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Posted August 08, 2012 in News

Woman exercising in the parkEarlier this week, we talked about how to maintain the results you achieved after getting a liposuction procedure. We are now going to address how to maintain your new physique after youve gotten a tummy tuck– and the steps are much the same.

Like liposuction, a tummy tuck is not a weight loss surgery. A tummy tuck will contour, flatten, and shape your abdomen, but it does not assist in general weight loss. If you are overweight, getting a tummy tuck can make your body look out of proportion. This is one of the reasons that it is important to begin exercising as soon as possible after a tummy tuck.
Exercising as soon as your surgeon gives you the clear will prevent weight gain from occurring after the surgery. If you have a poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle, there is a chance that you will gain weight and lose the results you obtained from the surgery.
Exercise will also help speed up your recovery post-operatively. It can reduce swelling, improve circulation, help prevent blood clots, and help tone your newly shaped muscles. Of course, you should not begin working out after a surgery until your doctor gives you the go ahead.
If you havent joined a gym before the procedure, its a good idea to do so afterwards. Most gyms have classes that target toning the abdomen, and they also have personal trainers that can assist you in toning your new muscle shape. Classes such as Pilates and yoga that focus on the core are good post-tummy-tuck exercises. While weight-lifting can help you develop a six-pack, some patients may find this look overly athletic. Talk to your doctor and your personal trainer about developing the perfect exercise routine for your desired results post-operatively.
You can also consider doing ab and core workouts on an inflatable exercise ball. Doing sit-ups and other exercises on the ball places an arch in the back, which gives you added resistance in the work out.
Your diet plays an equally important role in the maintenance of your firmer physique after a tummy tuck. After surgery, only eat when you are hungry. Avoid snacking and overly-large portion sizes. Avoid refined sugars and flours, fatty foods, and soda. Focus on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and some plant oils. Your surgeon will give you more details about the best diet for you after your tummy tuck.
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