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55lb Weight Loss on HCG Diet - Am I a Good Candidate for Tummy Tuck?

I am 5'2 & 185lbs. I lost 55+lbs on the HCG diet since 11/2010. Have a huge appendectomy scar (done in the 1990s) as well as 2 cesarean scar. I am 25 yrs old & done having kids. All of my weight is carried in the area below my belly button & in my love handle areas. Would I be satisfied with a FTT at this current weight? This weight is maintainable for me & I'm ok w/this weight. Plz see my pictures to see what I am referring to when I say where all my weight is carried. Do you think I would have a good outcome

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Candidate for Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty

Based on your pictures, you look to be a good candidate for tummy tuck / abdominoplasty.  However, if you are still planning on loosing weight, you should reach your target goal and then have surgery.  However if your target is not realistic and you are truly at your steady state weight, then go ahead and have surgery.


Good Luck.

New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 66 reviews

Tummy Tuck Candidate

Congratulations on the weight loss. Surgeons have different preferences for body contouring procedures based on expertise and experience. For optimal results, surgeons would like to you to get closer to your ideal weight. However, that may not be possible for all patients. Consult in person with 3 board certified plastic surgeons, and choose the 1 that best fits your goals/objectives.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Tummy Tuck after 55lb wt loss

As others have said here, you are to be congratulated for your weight loss, that is a real achievement. While everyone is a better candidate for an abdominoplasty at their ideal weight, it is impossible for many to get there. So with that in mind and with realistic expectations I think you can have a very nice result, but with all the extratissue in your "love handles" I would urge you to consider an extended abdominoplasty, where that tissue is actually cut out, leaving a very nice waistline, albeit with the trade off of a longer scar. Remember that patients loose weight after the procedure as well Talk to you plastic surgeon about this. Good Luck

Johan E. Brahme, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Hcg and weight loss

the more weight you lose, the better your result will be.  i would prefer that you have stabilized your weight before surgery. it looks loke you are getting about the same answer from everyone,  so keep up the good work!

Jonathan Saunders, MD
Newark Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 55 reviews

5ft 2in and 185 lbs after 55 lbs. weight loss--ready for tummy tuck?

Congratulations on your great results so far!

But, as others have already stated, you are still overweight, and some of this weight is INSIDE the abdomen and will reduce the degree of abdominal wall tightening and the degree of improvement possible. Though you have a large pannus (apron of skin and fat) hanging over the pubic area, and would love to see that gone, your intrabdominal bulk will not allow your abdomen to become as flat as you might be imagining in your mind!

Thus, losing more weight would be VERY helpful to your overall result, if you are capable of safely losing that weight, keeping it off, and being on a healthy diet that would facilitate healing after surgery. Do this if you can!

However, the reality for many patients (perhaps you are one of these) is that they reach a plateau, and no amount of encouragement or further dieting or plastic surgical inducements help them lose any more weight. There they are, stuck at a weight that some surgeons refuse to operate at, when there are still substantial benefits to be obtained (though not as many as if you can lose the total weight, inside and out).

If you are at the best weight you can attain, your photograph suggests that an extended tummy tuck would yield the best results, since your loose skin extends to your hips, and liposuction of the hip (flank) area would yield additional improvement and help to smooth the transition from the abdomen to the buttocks.

So, yes, you can have a good outcome with this plan! But you could have an even better one with additional weight loss! Go for it if you can, and good luck!

Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 196 reviews

Overweight patients benefit by abdominoplasty.


I have a different perspective. Not everybody can be thin, and you say that you are OK with your current weight. So I think you will look and feel better after an abdominoplasty, and I would recommend it. Of course, you will still be overweight after wards, but you will have a flat stomach.

I would also do liposuction of your love handles.  Your new look may well motivate you to lose even more weight.

Since you need quite a bit of liposuction, you should have a "minimal undermining" technique of tummy tuck to preserve intact blood supply to the skin.

There is a somewhat higher risk of complications in overweight patient, but appropriate precautions can be taken.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Tummy Tuck After 55 Lbs of Weight Loss

Congratulations on the weight loss, but on most of the HCG diets the overall calorie intake is quite low. Thus, first you need to ensure that you can maintain your weight for a prolonged period of time before proceeding with surgery. As for your procedure, you would be a candidate for a tummy tuck, but more of an extended tummy tuck which entails using a scar that goes posteriorly on your waist. This will allow your surgeon to address the excess fatty tissue and skin along your "love-handle" area. As you can see from the frontal view, there is excess tissue that will only become more noticeable after a tummy tuck alone.

Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon in your area who is comfortable with body surgery as this will require additional planning.

Best of luck

Vincent Marin, MD, FACS

San Diego Plastic Surgeon

Vincent P. Marin, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

Good candidate for an abdominoplasty

Looking at you photos you would be a good candidate for an abdominoplasty. Liposuction alone will not get rid of the excess skin and fat. A complete examination would be needed to determine if you are a good candidate for this elective procedure.

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Your Tummy Tuck results will be better after further weight loss

Thank you for your question and congratulations on your superb job losing 55 pounds. You certainly can have a Tummy Tuck now with liposuction of the flank area. However in all honesty, if you can lose more weight the results of your Tummy Tuck will be better.

Abdominoplasty in an overweight patient.

 Losing weight is not easy, and you need to be congratulated.  The other  comments that have been posted  are realistic and honest. You do carry your weight below the belly button  and a FTT will be able to remove that .  I find however, that many women are dissatisfied with the thick  tissue that remains above the belly button, and wish that that could be removed by the surgery as well.  That is why it is best to be at a lower weight.  Not only is the surgery safer with a lower weight, there is less fullness in the upper abdomen  and ultimately the aesthetic appearance is better.  Alternatively if you are unhappy with your upper tummy after the surgery, liposuction can provide you with further improvement in your contour. Good Luck

Beverly Friedlander, MD
Short Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

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