Weight Loss After Abdominoplasty?

I am preparing to have a FTT with MR. I have been losing wight consistently (161 to 138) through diet and exercise. I will be no more than 130 (I am 5'6") prior to my procedure. Now my question is, will I be able to continue to lose weight while also keeping the integrity of the procedure. I feel like I have 0 elasticity to my skin and am concerned that if I shrink my abdominal area will look "funny". What is a safe or realistic weight loss after a TT procedure??

Doctor Answers 9

Weight loss after TT

It sounds like. You are already at an ideal  weights for the surgery.  After having a tummy tuck done, the important thing regarding your weight is not to regain the weight you have lost.  That is usually a much greater issue than is further weight loss, especially if you are already at 130 lbs.

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Weight loss and timing of tummy tuck

You should lose all the weight you plan to lose prior to a tummy tuck to ensure you do not compromise your result. If you lose too much weight (20 lbs) after a tummy tuck, the skin can loosen up somewhat and your result may not seem as tight. If you have your surgery at 130 lbs and given your height of 5'6", you likely won't need to lose too much weight after the surgery.

Discuss this in detail with a board certified plastic surgeon before having your procedure.

Best wishes,


William Bruno, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Abdominoplasty and weight loss.

After your abdominoplasty surgery if you lose weight, there is a possibility that you may then have residual laxity of the abdominal skin tissue.  With abdominoplasty surgery, it entails implicating the rectus fascia, which gives you that firmness of the abdomen that you experience with abdominoplasty surgery.  In general, even after you lose the weight following the abdominoplasty surgery, the tightening of the fascia should hold and so therefore you may continue to have the firmness and the stability of the rectus fascia imbrication part, but you may end up having some looseness of the skin, which then ultimately may require doing revisional abdominal surgery if necessary

Kim-Chi Vu, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
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Weight fluctuation of +/- 5-10 pounds should be ok after tummy tuck

Congratulations on your weight loss!  It is a great accomplishment.  Individual patients vary as to their skin elasticity.  But, generally speaking, weight loss or weight gain of +/- 5-10 pounds should not affect your results.  

Richard H. Lee, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Weight loss after abdominoplasty in Los Angeles

 I you will be 130 lbs prior to your abdominoplasty, you would most likely not need to loose any more weight, since you will also loose weight with abdominoplasty. If you even loose 10-20 lbs more after abdominoplasty it should not affect your abdominoplasty results.

Sean Younai, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

New Study Links Tummy Tuck and Weight Loss

For those interested in a tummy tuck, a new study provides evidence that the procedure can have the added benefit of increase post surgical weight loss.  Many patients experience a transformation due to their improved shape which makes it easier to exercise.  This new data also provides evidence for other biologic mechanisms for post abdominoplasty weight loss.

John L. Burns Jr., MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Great Question - Weight Loss after a TT

So 130 pounds prior to surgery at your height is very good actually.  You are a good candidate for this surgery and will love the results.  As for losing weight after the surgery, I would be more concerned with gaining weight.  You may lose a bit more after the surgery, some patients see an additional 5-6 lbs simply because in their recovery process they eat less, drink more and you are already on a good weight loss path.  I would say that anything for you under 125 wouldn't be too healthy anyway.  You want to maintain a healthy BMI.  Like many others have noted, if you lose another 15-20lbs after the surgery you may not like the result as you will have skin laxity and you will not appear as tight and toned.

Wishing you the best of luck.
Go over this in detail with your surgeon in your consult.

Steven K. White, Sr., MD
Myrtle Beach Plastic Surgeon
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For the best outcome, complete you weight loss before surgery

Hi there-

While I largely agree with my colleagues that a weight change of 5 pounds here or there after your surgery should not affect your long term outcome too drastically, I would add an important reminder...

We're talking about aesthetic surgery here, right? This is totally elective, planned surgery designed (hopefully) to safely achieve the very best appearance for you possible.

Thinking of it this way makes it easier to understand why my personal recommendation would be for you to not proceed with surgery until you not only have lost all the weight you want to lose, but have actually been stable at that weight for at least 3 months. 

I realize this is not the most convenient answer, and I don't think what I recommend is absolutely necessary- but if what you want is to maximize the chances of the very best outcome, this is what I would do.

Armando Soto, MD, FACS
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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Weight Loss After Abdominoplasty

To answer this I would want to know first of all how much more weight you think is reasonable for you to lose. I would like to know how much your abdominal wall has changed with the recent weight loss. 

If it hasn't changed much with the first 23 pounds of loss, it probably won't change much more. If it has changed dramatically, all bets are off, and your might want to consider delaying your surgery until you are at a weight that you expect will be stable. 

Thanks and best wishes. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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