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Possible to Lose Too Much Weight Before Hernia Repair and Tummy Tuck?

I weigh 150 pounds from a maximum of 190 pounds, I am 5'5 tall. I am having a hernia removed in August, and will be having a tuck at the same time. I want to lose 10-20 pounds before then - currently my waist measures 36" but the pants I wear are 30". Is it dangerous for me to lose this weight?

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Lose weight and tummy tuck

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It will only benefit you if you are close to your ideal weight. Lose the weight in a healthy manner.

Brandon Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

The BEST Tummy Tuck and Liposuction Results are seen in People with IDEAL Weight

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People who are thin and at their ideal weight often achieve stunning cosmetic surgery results. If you can lose weight in a healthy fashion before a body contouring surgery you will not regret it.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 69 reviews

Weight Loss Prior to Tummy Tuck

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It is always best to be at or near your ideal body weight at the time of your tummy tuck.  I do not see a problem with an additional 10-20 pound weight loss in your situation unless it results in a abnormally low serum protein, which coulkd interfere with wound healing.

John Whitt, MD (retired)
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

Weight loss before tummy tuck and hernia repair

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Ideally you should be within 10 pounds of your goal weight before surgery.  As to whether on your frame, the extra weight loss is appropriate, only a doctor who has examined you could really say.

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