Do You Need to Lose Weight Before a Tummy Tuck Operation

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Loosing weight before a Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck is a type of body contouring surgery, and will help "re-drape" your skin to match your underlying muscular framework. Generally, patients who are interested in a tummy tuck are bothered by skin excess, stretch marks, and/or abdominal wall laxity. All of these can be addressed by the procedure, but the amount of skin removed depends on the elasticity of skin, and how thick it is. If your weight changes significantly after a tummy tuck (gain or loss), you will be "undoing" the results. That being said, you should first attain your realistic, maintainable, goal weight before proceeding with body contouring. In general, I prefer my patients to have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 or less for body contouring, but in patients who have undergone massive weight loss, it is sometimes appropriate to proceed at higher BMIs.

Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Not Necessary To Lose Weight Before Tummy Tuck

You need only to have a BMI that is ideally in the normal range, and be at a stable weight. This would help you achieve your desired results more safely and improve the outcome. 

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Losing weight before tummy tuck

It is always a good idea to get to your goal weight if possible prior to a tummy tuck procedure. The result will usually be better.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Losing weight before surgery

Each surgeon has their own standards for patients. Some surgeons do require patients to be within a  normal weight. It is true that being at a healthy BMI will allow you a safer surgical experience, however measures can be taken to minimize complications if you are overweight or obese. Therefore you should consult your surgeon to find out if you need to lose weight before your surgery.

Ronald Levine, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Do You Need to Lose Weight Before a Tummy Tuck Operation

Thank you for your question.
You will do best by achieving a long-term stable weight prior to undergoing tummy tuck surgery. Doing so will increase the safety of the procedure and minimize chances that additional surgery will become necessary, in the event of weight loss in the future.
Best wishes for a result you will be pleased with.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Losing weight before tummy tuck

Yes, it is best to be at your ideal body weight.

If you anticipate losing more than 10-15 pounds, this can have a significant effect on skin laxity and localized fatty deposits. This may significantly alter the planned procedure and have implications for fat and/or skin removal.

However, what is more important is that you are at a stable body weight. Losing the weight for surgery and gaining it back after the procedure will not serve you well either.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Ideal weight before a tummy tuck

Tummy tucks are a very popular and effective technique to contour the abdomen. Many patients asked the same question, what is the ideal weight before a tummy tuck? We inform our patients that there is no ideal weight but that for best results, patients should lose as much weight as possible before the surgery and maintain his target weight for at least 4 to 6 months. This will allow us to effectively contour the remaining tissue and provide you with a long-lasting result.

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Pat Pazmino, MD, FACS
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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