Can a Tummy Tuck Help You Lose Weight?

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A tummy tuck, sometimes called an abdominoplasty, is a great option for those looking to tighten their midsection by removing excess abdominal fat and skin. But according to new research, a tummy tuck may do more than just leave you with a flatter stomach. It may also help keep your weight down.

A new study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that people who undergo a tummy tuck procedure might experience significant, long-lasting weight loss after surgery. This holds especially true for those who were overweight before the procedure.

Three-fourths of the study participants had an increased feeling of satiety, after undergoing tummy-tuck surgery. “Satiety appears to be a prominent contributing factor, as does the amount of fat resected,” study author Dr. Rex Edward Moulton-Barrett explains.

So why are tummy-tuck patients feeling more satisfied from less food? “We hypothesize that the increased satiety seen in our patients is related to changes in the neuroendocrine system,” says Dr. Moulton-Barrett. Removing fat cells from the stomach can result in a reduced level of hormones affecting appetite, which are secreted by fatty tissues.

More research is necessary to confirm this hypothesis. In the meantime, read up on abdominoplasty.

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