How much weight should I lose? (photos)
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Vistnes Plastic Surgery
San Fancisco Bay Area
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How much weight to lose before tummy tuck??
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How much weight should I lose?
Based on your photos but without an examination, you appear to be a good candidate for a full tummy tuck and liposuction of selective areas. It is difficult to tell whether in fact you are a good candidate for those procedures without a physical examination and complete medical history. It would depend on your anatomical findings, motivation, realistic expectations, and whether you are finished having children.
Most plastic surgeons suggest that you finish having children and get your weight within 10 pounds of your ideal weight 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. In general, a BMI of 30 or less is considered ideal but this is not a hard and fast rule.
If a member of my family underwent these procedures, they would be performed by an experienced plastic surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ideally a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. If you are serious about undergoing these procedures, you should have a thorough consultation with a plastic surgeon having those credentials, who will fully explain what is entailed in the procedures, including both the positives and potential problems. You should be complimented on the fact that you are seeking valid information before jumping into any procedure.
Robert Singer, MD FACS
La Jolla, California
Weight loss before Tummytuck
How much weight should I lose?
Tummy Tuck After Pregnancy
Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty / Liposuction / Mommy Makeover / Reverse Abdominoplasty
Best to be at a BMI less than 30 or within 10 pounds of your goal weight and stable at that weight for 6 months prior to surgery for optimal results.
The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.
Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery.
Best of luck!
How much weight to lose?
Based on the images, you will likely be a great candidate for a tummy tuck. You are correct that losing more weight will accentuate your excess skin. But your surgeon will likely be able to excise more of the excess skin if you get to within 10 pounds of your goal weight. With this scenario you will get a more lasting result.
Find a board certified plastic surgeon in your area. A physical examination will be more helpful in order for your surgeon to determine what you can achieve based on your anatomy.
Spencer Eagan M.D.
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