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I'm 250lbs and I Want to Get Lipo and a Tummy Tuck. Should I Wait on the Tummy Tuck?

I'm 5'5" and 250lbs. I'm trying to get down to 200lbs. Will lipo and a tummy tuck be ok and help me reach that?

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Lose Weight Before Either Lipo Or Tummy Tuck

Neither liposuction nor a tummy tuck will allow you to safely go from 250 to 200 pounds.  You need to be at or near your ideal body weight to obtain a good result from either procedure.  It is a common misconceptioin that these operations are intended for weight loss.

Louisville Plastic Surgeon
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Timing of Tummy Tuck and Liposuction?

Thank you for the question.

It would be in your best interests  to reach a long-term stable weight prior to undergoing the procedures you mentioned.  At your current weight the risks of the procedure are greater than they will be at a lower weight. Also, by waiting to have these procedures done you will stand a better chance at achieving aesthetically pleasing results  and potentially avoid the need for further surgery ( if you lose weight after the surgical procedures).

Best wishes.

I'm 250lbs and I Want to Get Lipo and a Tummy Tuck. Should I Wait on the Tummy Tuck?

Thank you very much for your question, although a photograph would be useful. However, it would certainly be possible to perform a tummy tuck on you at 250 pounds. You may, in fact, need liposuction along the flanks or a body lift, to better achieve the contour that you are looking for. It is best to contact a Board Certified plastic surgeon, experienced with patients of your height and weight, and schedule an in-person consultation.

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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I'm 250lbs and I Want to Get Lipo and a Tummy Tuck. Should I Wait on the Tummy Tuck?

Neither a tummy tuck nor liposuction is something that should be done to lose weight. I think you need to see a medical specialist that can help you lose the weight and when you get down some, then consider seeing a plastic surgeon so they can tell you what you might be a candidate for at some future time.

Julio Garcia, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck and liposuction are not designed for weight loss

Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, neither liposuction nor a tummy tuck will take you from 250 to 200 pounds.  These procedures do not substitute for weight loss nor do they prevent weight gain.  If diet and exercise fail, then you may consider seeing a bariatric weight loss surgeon in your area for an evaluation. Get several opinions before proceeding.  I hope this helps.

J. Jason Wendel, MD, FACS
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 78 reviews

Lose weight by dieting and exercise - not by liposuction and a tummy tuck

Unfortunately, you need to reduce your weight by dieting and exercise and not by surgery such as liposuction and a tummy tuck. These procedures are not intended nor should they be used as weight loss methods.

Your weight places you in the morbidly obese category where the risks for significant medical and healing problems is considerably increased. It would be best to get down to at least 180 pounds (a BMI of 30) before considering surgery. Not only will your medical risks be reduced but your results will also be much better.

Steven Turkeltaub, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

The power of liposuction and tummy tuck

Patients are in a position to alter their weight while plastic surgeons are in a position to alter your shape.  The frustrating thing about weight loss is though your size changes significantly , your shape will remain unchanged .  I usually recommend weight watchers to my patients for weight loss and to learn how to eat healthier. Good luck

Craig Harrison, MD, PA
Tyler Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Tummy tuck and lipo

I think at 250lbs and only 5'5" you should really wait until you get down to your goal weight.  Liposuction is not a solution to achieve weight loss per se, and the tummy tuck is always better when the weight is lost.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

What Weight Before Tummy Tuck

To have a  good chance to get  good results with low risk, you need to get down to a BMI of 30 or less. That would be 180#. I know that's difficult but the results will be worth it. You are spending a lot of money and accepting pain and risk to get the results. Do everything you can to help with the results. There are no shortcuts.

Ronald V. DeMars, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Weight loss and lipo

No.  Neither lipo nor tummy tuck are appropriate if you are not stable or healthy in your lifestyle or weight. In fact, it is dangerous. Patients who get body contouring before they are appropriate candidate are the ones who may lose their life because of increased risk. Get healthy first.

Robin T.W. Yuan, M.D.

Robin T.W. Yuan, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

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