What's the most you can weigh to have a Tummy tuck done? (photos)

I feel like exercise is just not enough anymore I'm currently weighing 243lbs I'm 5'2 an I wanted to know if there's a weight limit to the surgery

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What's the most you can weigh to have a Tummy tuck done?

Thank you for your question. You are correct when you say that exercise is not enough. The correct diet and caloric intake is necessary along with exercise. I recommend that you speak with a nutritionist and/or your primary care physician to discuss weight loss options. In order to lose weight, it is typically required to take in less than 1200 calories per day but this is the information that can be provided by the nutritionist or primary care physician in a safe manner and specific for you. Most surgeons recommend that your BMI be less than 30 prior to cosmetic surgery such as a tummy tuck. I hope this helps. Best wishes!

What's the most you can weigh to have a TT done?

Thank you for your question.Typically you will want a BMI of

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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What's the most you can weigh to have a Tummy tuck done?

Most plastic surgeons suggest that you finish having children, get your weight within 10 pounds of your ideal weight, and have a BMI less than 30 before undergoing an abdominoplasty with repair of the stretched out abdominal muscles and liposuction of selective areas, in order to achieve the best long term cosmetic result with the least potential complications.

Keep in mind that following advice from a surgeon on this or any other website who proposes to tell you what to do based without examining you, physically feeling your tissue, assessing your desired outcome, taking a full medical history and discussing the pros and cons of each operative procedure would not be in your best interest. I would suggest that you find a surgeon certified by the American Board of American Plastic Surgery and one who is ideally a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) that you trust and are comfortable with. You should discuss your concerns with that surgeon in person.

Robert Singer, M.D., FACS

La Jolla, California

Robert Singer, MD
La Jolla Plastic Surgeon
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What's the most you can weigh to have a Tummy tuck done?

BMI over 35 have very high complications and risks for this surgery>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Ideal weight for tummy

I would encourage you to maybe see a bariatric surgeon and have say a gastric balloon placed or whatever to lose the extra pounds.There is no magic weight for a tummy tuck but we would like our patients to be at or near their ideal weight.

Robert Brueck, MD
Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck

You are a good candidate for a tummy tuck when you have skin redundancy and laxity that can be hemmed out. Ideally, you want to lose as much weight as you can, but if this means 243 for you, then that will have to do. Please see link below to get your free cheat sheet on "7 keys to a great tummy tuck."

Arian Mowlavi, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Good candidate for tummy tuck  surgery?

Thank you for the question and picture. Generally speaking, it is always best to achieve long-term stable weight prior to proceeding with body contouring surgery. Doing so, will increase the safety of the operation, will likely improve the outcome of the operation, and will decrease chances that additional surgery will become necessary subsequently. In my practice, I do not ask specific patients to achieve a specific weight prior to proceeding with tummy tuck surgery. I simply ask patients to achieve a long-term stable weight where he/she feels comfortable and does not expect significant fluctuation postoperatively.

As you know, recruiting other professionals such as personal trainers, nutritionists, physicians who specialize in weight loss concerns etc. may be helpful to you. When the time is right, seeking consultation with well experienced board-certified plastic surgeons will be your next/best step.

Keep in mind, that it is a major operation, associated with a significant physical (and often emotional) recovery period. Having enough help/support at home for yourself and children will be important part of the planning process. I hope this, and the attached link, helps. Best wishes.

BMI under 30

In order to insure your safety during surgery, most surgeons like patients to have a BMI under 30. I would suggest that you try a program such as Weight Watchers in order to lose some weight before considering tummy tuck surgery. 
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Sheila S. Nazarian, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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