Even with valuable, accurate information more easily accessible than ever before, social media continues to highlight self-improvement products that entice and confuse consumers. How else to explain the prevalence of fly-by-night weight-loss remedies seen on Pinterest? Contrary to the claims of many of these products, no fancy tea or any other special elixir can get rid of excess abdominal skin, which can only be removed through a tummy tuck.
At our Albany, NY, plastic surgery practice, patients tell us about extremely misleading pins, such as essential oils promising skin tightening or body wraps that promote weight loss. Most of the women and men who come for cosmetic surgery are discerning enough to dismiss these fads, but in this blog post I’ll provide information that helps you look critically at Pinterest weight-loss remedies.
Know What to Look For
In the new year, many people make a resolution to lose weight, which can make quick-and-easy weight loss products look especially tempting. It’s important to first understand the difference between weight loss and eliminating loose skin and why those before-and-after photos you see on Pinterest are so misleading.
Here are some things to keep in mind as you browse different Pinterest pins:
- Contrary to what a pin may say, loose skin doesn’t simply disappear on its own. Skin stretched by pregnancy or major weight gain rarely shrinks back to its original contours after a woman has a baby or any other major weight loss. A tummy tuck or other cosmetic surgery procedure is typically needed to remove excess skin.
- Before-and-after photos featured on Pinterest posts often show people who have had surgery, and their results have nothing to do with the product being advertised. You can usually tell tummy tuck patients by the way their belly buttons look. You can see the results of our actual tummy tuck patients in our gallery of before-and-after photos.
- Don’t confuse skin tightening with weight loss. Many people at their ideal weights still have excess skin. That’s why many women who have had children consider getting mommy makeover procedures that combine tummy tucks with breast lift surgeries. In some cases, women have belly pooches following pregnancy that indicates their abdominal muscles have separated, a condition that can only be repaired through surgery.
- Remember the adage: Beware of promises that sound too good to be true. You may be able to lose a pound or 2 in a day, but it’s likely you’ll regain those pounds in another day. Weight loss and fat burning require exercise and healthy eating habits, which take time to show results. Consuming fewer calories than you burn is the path to weight loss, not drinking exotic teas.
The Truth About Excess Skin
If you’re bothered by excess skin after having children or other significant weight loss, cosmetic surgery is nearly always required to create the smooth, contoured skin that you want.
If you want to learn more about tummy tuck surgery, contact us using the online form to request a consultation. Or call us at our Albany plastic surgery practice at (518) 438-0505 to schedule an appointment.