Do I Have to Lose Weight for Tummy Tuck?

do i have to lose weight in order for me to have a tummy tuck?

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Weight Loss Before a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

You do not need to loose weight before a tummy tuck. As a matter of fact it is better if your weight is stable over a period of time. Your results will be far more improved if you are close to your ideal weigth. From El Paso.

El Paso Plastic Surgeon
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Weight Loss

Hello. It is ideal. Losing weight often results in a better final result . Be careful to not lose weight in a very fast way becaise that could not be healthy before surgery.

Derby Sang Caputo, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Weight loss before tummy talk?

Thank you for the question.  I would recommend losing as much weight as possible before having the procedure done. Wait till your weight stabilizes to ensure the best result. If you have the procedure done before you reach your goal you may end up with loose skin and may require more surgery in the long run. In order to avoid that, consult With a well experienced for certified plastic surgeon plastic surgeon before you proceed with the surgery.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Weight loss before a tummy tuck

A tummy tuck is a safe and effective procedure to contour the abdomen, create a tight waist, and remove extra skin, fat, and stretch marks.

We have performed tummy tucks and patients of all shapes, sizes, and walks of life. We tell our patients that for best results, they should be at their stable weight before their surgery. If you are planning to lose weight you should go ahead and do so before the procedure. The more weight you lose, the better your result will ultimately be. 

Pat Pazmino, MD, FACS
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Is weight loss necessary prior to surgery?

In general the result is better if one is close to their ideal weight (within 10-20lbs), however, weights greater than this does not necessary preclude surgery.

Robert Sleightholm, MD
Brampton Plastic Surgeon
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Weight loss and tummy tuck

Difficult to answer not knowing your height and weight.  But tummy tucks are usually not a good idea in patients who are overweight and have excess intrabdominal obesity (too much fat inside their belly).  A physical exam is needed to best guide you.  Your plastic surgeon will determine if its best for you to lose more weight before a tummy tuck.

C. Bob Basu, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Weight loss for a tummy tuck

As a plastic surgeon, I want you to have the best outcome with the longest lasting results.   In order to obtain the best outcome, you should be as close to your ideal weight as possible, generally within 15-20 pounds.   For the longest lasting results, you have to maintain your weight.   Hence, the point.   I would much rather operate on a patient who is at a weight they will maintain long term, regardless of whether they have lost weight or not.    Your result will suffer if you lose weight for surgery, then gain it right back.   I wish you a safe and happy recovery.


Paul S. Gill, M.D.

Gill Plastic Surgery

Houston Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Paul S. Gill, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck results will be stable if you are at your ideal weight.

For best results, you should really be around your ideal weight.  10 lbs is the maximum we recommend out patients to be over. 

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Do I Have to Lose Weight for Tummy Tuck?

Very short question with no info about you deserves an equally short response. HUMMMMM maybe? From MIAMI Dr. Darryl J. Blinski

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck and weight

You do not specifically have to lose weight for a tummy tuck, but if you are not at your goal weight and can successfully diet, it is always better.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

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