Dr. Wigoda Reports Tummy Tuck and Weight Loss Results Post Surgery

Tummy Tuck surgery at Dr. Paul Wigoda’s Fort Lauderdale plastic surgery center is  a popular request. One concern for patients undergoing this procedure is that they will gain weight after the surgery. A recent study on Tummy Tuck and weight loss confirms that weight gain after surgery is not typical and that most patients not only lose weight but maintain the weight loss. The study by ASPS Member Surgeon Dr. Rex Edward Moulton-Barrett of Alameda Hospital and colleagues just released in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, reveals that undergoing abdominoplasty (“Tummy Tuck”) may lead to significant and lasting weight loss for many patients.

“We’ve always seen outstanding long-term results with our abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck) patients but this new study proves what we have suspected for years. This is very exciting news,” says Dr. Paul Wigoda of Fort Lauderdale.

The Tummy Tuck Study

The Tummy Tuck study included 20 women and the average amount of abdominal tissue resected was approximately five pounds. A year later, the Tummy Tuck  study found that 14 of those women, a large majority, kept the weight off and had even achieved additional weight loss. In fact, their weight loss was greater than the weight of the tissue resected. Tummy Tuck patients with a preoperative body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 24.5, borderline overweight, maintained long-term weight loss after one year. In fact, their weight decreased an average of 4.5% of their original BMI. (Note that a normal BMI is between 18.5 and 25, between 25 and 30 is classified as overweight, and over 30 is obese).

The tummy tuck study found that long-term weight loss was more likely for women whose initial BMI was 24.5 or greater, that is, just under the borderline for overweight. Of the 14 women with sustained weight loss, just one had an initial BMI of less than 24.5. In addition, it was found that long-term weight loss was more likely for women with a greater amount of excess abdominal tissue removed at abdominoplasty. Twelve of the 14 women who enjoyed long-term weight loss had more than 4.5 pounds of tissue resected.

Dr. Wigoda Shares it How it Works

The tummy tuck study points to Increased satiety or the “feeling of being full” as a important contributor to long-term weight loss. Three-fourths of women reported an increased feeling of satiety, either after eating or throughout the day, after undergoing their abdominoplasty. “We hypothesize that the increased satiety [experienced by] our patients is related to changes in the neuroendocrine system,” said Dr. Moulton-Barrett and his co-authors. The tummy tuck  theory is that removing fat cells from the abdomen could lead to reduced levels of hormones affecting appetite, which are secreted by fatty tissues.

“This is great news for women considering abdominoplasty but fear they are destined to regain weight immediately after the procedure,” says Dr. Wigoda. “I have seen incredible sustained results in my practice and look forward to the science continuing to prove them out.”

If you are interested in a “tummy tuck” we invite you to come in for a free consultation. With these results, there’s no longer a reason to put it off! Contact us at 954.463.7088 or http://www.drwigoda.com/ to schedule your appointment today.