How much more should i lose?
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Weight need to be at safe limit before tummy tuck
Thank you for your question and congratulations on your weight loss journey. I understand your frustration in loosing weight and plateau phases do happen. However I would suggest that you work hard on loosing that little bit more as the contour you are likely to achieve will be a lot better. Keeping that end goal in site and infact having a conversation with a qualified plastic surgeon may be the kick start for this phase.
I normally will not operate on patients with a BMI of 30 or over as the complication rate is un acceptably high. This could compromise your outcome.
Invariably with higher weight category there is an increased need for liposuction and this will add to longer recovery and cost.
I would strongly recommend getting to the right weight and then having surgery to avoid disappointment.
There are a lot of book out there with different dietary regimes and exercise plans and it is worth consulting these as you have done so well already.
Keep focus on the end goal and you will surely get there sooner than later.
How much more should I lose? -Tummy tuck
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.
Following the advice of anyone who would presume to tell you what to do without seeing photos and more importantly without taking a full medical history, examining you, feeling and assessing your tissue tone, discussing your desired outcome and fully informing you about the pros and cons of each option would not be in your best interest. Find a plastic surgeon that you are comfortable with and one that you trust and listen to his or her advice. The surgeon should be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ideally a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). You should discuss your concerns with that surgeon in person.
Robert Singer, MD FACS
La Jolla, California.
So weight is just part of it
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How much more should i lose
The most important thing when it comes to weight loss, especially before surgery, is to make sure its being done in a healthy manner. Some people will do fad diets or take pills and sometimes this can affect your nutritional balance and therefore affect wound healing which is not something you want when you are about to have surgery!
Sometimes, people think they are doing everything right in their diet and exercise program when in fact they are not. It may be helpful to see a board certified weight loss specialist who may be able to get you past your plateau. If you are happy with the amount of weight you have lost, then I would say start looking for a board certified plastic surgeon and try and stay stable at your weight for a couple of months.
Good luck, I hope this helps!
Ankur Mehta MD
How much more should i lose?
Weight loss prior to tummy tuck
How much more should i lose before tummy tuck surgery?
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.
Lose More Weight Before Tummy Tuck?
How much more should I lose?
Weight loss prior to a tummy tuck
When I advise patients on weight loss prior to undergoing a tummy tuck, I think that the best results are achieved when one is within 10-20% of their ideal body weight. That being said sometimes that is also unrealistic.
A visit to a board certified plastic surgeon with an examination to include your height and body habitus(shape) is the first step to determining the amount of weight you need to lose.
Best of luck!