A pilot study listed in a recent issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), reports that undergoing a “Tummy Tuck” (abdominoplasty) may lead to significant and lasting weight loss for many patients, especially those who were overweight or obese before surgery.
A Tummy Tuck is a cosmetic surgical procedure done to eliminate excess abdominal fat and skin, and is a treatment of choice to a wide range of patients seeking to reduce the size and improve the appearance of their abdomen.
Researchers speculate that long-term weight loss after a Tummy Tuck may be related to increased satiety—feeling full after eating.
The researchers evaluated short- and long-term weight loss after a tummy tuck in 20 women.
One year later, 14 of the women (70%) had sustained weight loss.
Increased satiety seemed to be an important contributor to long-term weight loss. Three-fourths of the women reported an increased feeling of satiety, either after eating or throughout the day, after undergoing their tummy tuck procedure.
Up until now, whether or not long-term weight reduction is associated with the tummy tuck has been little investigated and remained controversial. This new study provides preliminary evidence that many patients have lasting weight loss after a tummy tuck.
“We hypothesize that the increased satiety seen in our patients is related to changes in the neuro-endocrine system,” the study’s coauthors said.
Removing fat cells from the abdomen may lead to reduced levels of hormones affecting appetite, which are secreted by fatty tissues.
However, most cosmetic surgeons agree that further studies are needed to confirm this hypothesis.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the world’s largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. Representing more than 7,000 Member Surgeons, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on plastic surgery.
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