Abdominoplasty After Weight Loss from Ozempic By Shareef Jandali M.D. on July 15, 2023

Need a Tummy Tuck After Ozempic?

Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a popular cosmetic procedure that helps people achieve a flatter and more toned abdomen by removing excess skin and fat. While weight loss achieved through diet and exercise is the best way to get in shape, some people struggle to lose weight, and they may turn to weight loss drugs like Ozempic. Ozempic is an injectable medication used to help control blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. It is also used off-label and on-label now for weight loss. If you have lost a significant amount of weight from Ozempic and are considering an abdominoplasty, here are some things you should know.

What is Ozempic?

Ozempic is a once-weekly injectable medication that helps control blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. It works by mimicking the effects of a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), which stimulates the release of insulin from the pancreas, slows the absorption of glucose from the gut, and reduces appetite. By helping to control blood sugar levels, Ozempic also helps with weight loss.

How does Ozempic help with weight loss?

Ozempic works by reducing appetite and increasing feelings of fullness, which can help people eat less and lose weight. It also slows down the rate at which food is absorbed in the gut, which can help regulate blood sugar levels and reduce cravings for sugary foods. Some people may also experience a decrease in overall body weight and body fat percentage as a result of using Ozempic.

Why consider abdominoplasty after weight loss from Ozempic?

While Ozempic can be an effective tool for weight loss, it may not be enough to achieve the desired results. In some cases, people who lose a significant amount of weight from Ozempic may be left with excess skin and tissue around the abdomen, which can be unsightly and uncomfortable. Abdominoplasty can help remove this excess skin and tissue, tighten the abdominal muscles, and create a smoother, more toned appearance.

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What to expect during an abdominoplasty procedure after weight loss from Ozempic?

During an abdominoplasty procedure, Dr. Jandali will make an incision along the lower abdomen, remove excess skin and fat, and tighten the abdominal muscles. The procedure takes a few hours to complete and requires general anesthesia. After the procedure, patients wear a compression garment to help reduce swelling and support the healing process. 

Recovery after abdominoplasty for loose skin after Ozempic

Recovery after abdominoplasty can take up to two months, depending on the extent of the surgery. Patients may experience some pain, swelling, and bruising around the incision site, and they usually need to take a couple of week off work and avoid strenuous activities for several weeks. It is important to follow all of our postoperative instructions carefully to ensure a smooth and successful recovery.

Timing for abdominoplasty procedure after weight loss from Ozempic

One crucial consideration is the timing of the procedure. It is generally recommended to wait until you have reached a stable weight for at least six months before undergoing abdominoplasty if you have lost a significant amount of weight. This is because significant weight fluctuations can affect healing from the procedure and therefore the end result.

 

It is important to have realistic expectations about the results of the procedure. While abdominoplasty can create a flatter, more toned abdomen, it is not a weight loss procedure and should not be used as a substitute for diet and exercise. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight after the procedure is essential to achieve long-lasting results.

Finally, it is essential to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience performing abdominoplasty procedures. A skilled and experienced surgeon can help minimize the risks of the procedure and ensure that you achieve the best possible results. Dr. Jandali is a Board Certified plastic surgeon and performs over 50 abdominoplasties per year.

Conclusion

Abdominoplasty can be an effective way to achieve a flatter, more toned abdomen after weight loss from Ozempic. While Ozempic can help with weight loss, it may not be enough to address excess skin and tissue around the abdomen. If you are considering an abdominoplasty procedure, be sure to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options and develop a treatment plan that meets your needs and goals.

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