Weight loss after Mommy Makeover - Will this mess up my new stomach and breasts?

Still planning to lose weight once I recover from mommy make-over. Ideally it would be great to do this b/f I have the procedure done but the drag of my front is affecting my back. Will this mess up my new stomach and breasts?

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Optimize your weight before surgery.

It is best to optimize your weight before surgery.  If you are within 10 pounds of your goal or you have been stable for months to years with healthy habits, then you are probably ready.  If you have especially large abdomen or breasts, then sometimes it is best to go ahead with surgery understanding that you may need a tune up once the bulk is gone and you can exercise more effectively.


Boise Plastic Surgeon
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Weight loss before or after mommy makeover

It would be best to be within 10-15 pounds of your target weight before surgery so that if you lose another 10-15 pounds afterwards your results will not be ruined in any way.  Of course, it depends also on your size/age to begin with.  If the "front" is too big and inhibits you from exercising and therefore getting to your goal you need to discuss this with your surgeon. In that case you may need to proceed knowing that a revision procedure will need to be done. There is nothing wrong with staging procedures as long as both the surgeon and the patient are comfortable with it. Best of luck to you.

James E. Chappell, MD
Annapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Weight loss after Mommy Makeover - Will this mess up my new stomach and breasts?

You are correct in that preoperative weight loss will be ideal;   achieving your long-term stable way prior to proceeding with surgery will help improve the outcome of the surgery and decrease chances that additional surgery will become necessary. Whether or not your outcome will be “messed up” with weight loss will depend (to a large degree) on how much weight loss you experience.  For example, a 5 to 10 pound weight loss will not necessarily change your outcome significantly; 15 pounds or greater will likely result in  deleterious changes of the breasts and abdomen.   Other factors that may come into play may include the speed of weight loss,  your age, and the quality of the overlying skin elasticity etc. Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Will weight loss after Mommy Makeover mess things up?

Most Board Certified Plastic Surgeons would like their patients to be about their goal weight before surgery. One would rather not operate on someone, have them lose 100 lbs., and then have to do that operation again.  There is a significant increase in complications in heavier patients.  This includes a very high increase in the wounds, (that will be on tension in a Mommy Makeover), falling apart.  Each Plastic Surgeon has their own "window" where they feel comfortable enough operating.  Talk to your Plastic Surgeon.  Together you will make a safe plan.


Jeffrey J. Roth, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Weight loss after mommy makeover will not mess up the result.

Many patients use abdominal contouring surgery as a psychological start up for further weight loss. Unless the weight loss is profound should have no significant effect on the outcome of the previous surgery.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Weight loss after tummy tuck and breast surgery

Thank you for your mommy make-over question.
  • In an ideal world, everyone would be her ideal weight before a mommy make-over.
  • We don't live in an ideal world.
  • Get as close as you can. Assuming your weight is reasonable and your surgeon agrees -
  • Have the tummy tuck because it is causing you back problems.
  • And have the breast surgery at the same time.
  • If you lose weight and things loosen a bit - you may need a touch-up.
  • But most patients I see find it hard to reach their ideal goal.

Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Effect of weight loss after a mommy makeover over.

If you are considering body contouring surgery it is best to be within 10 pounds of your target weight.  Normally weight loss of 20 pounds or more is noticeable.  If you lose this much weight or more after your surgery you will very likely experience some loose skin following weight loss.  Considering the expense of the surgery and the time you'll need for recovery it is best for you to do everything you can to help achieve the best result possible.

John J. Edney, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 117 reviews

Weight loss after Mommy Makeover - Will this mess up my new stomach and breasts?

Hi. I would highly recommend to lose your weight prior to your mommy makeover. Although the tummy tuck of our mommy makeover will not be greatly affected, your breasts will. Good luck

Jose Perez-Gurri, MD, FACS
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 233 reviews

Weight loss after Mommy Makeover - Will this mess up my new stomach and breasts?

    Weight loss can have less than favorable effects on the appearance depending upon the amount lost and intrinsic tissue integrity.

Kenneth Hughes, MD

Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Go Girl Go!!

I would definitely advise you to lose the weight prior to your surgery. Significant weight loss can have dramatic effects on the looseness and size of the breasts. Recurrent looseness in the stomach might also occur and would potentially necessitate further surgery.

Without pictures is hard to say whether you might be one of those few patients that would benefit from a reduction of the abdominal skin so that you could exercise easier and achieve additional weight loss. You’d have to plan on returning later for more surgery to clean things up.

Brian K. Brzowski, MD, FACS
Ogden Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

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