How Will Weight Gain After Tummy Tuck Affect Results?

If I gain weight after having an abdominoplasty, how will it affect the results?

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Small changes in your weight will not affect results


Small changes in your weight will not affect results. However, you should not look at tummy tuck as a weight loss procedure. It is better to look at it as a second change. That the opportunity to now life a healthy lifestyle, maintain good nutrition, and exercise regularly and you should be able to maintain excellent results.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Weight gain stretches skin and underlying tissues

The larger the weight gain, the more the skin and underlying tissues are stretched. When you lose the weight again, the Tummy Tuck results may not look as good. Therefore, it is ideal to maintain a stable weight after your procedure.

Robert M. Freund, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Depends on the amount of weight gain after tummy tuck

Normal fluctuations in weight (i.e. between 10 to 15 lbs.) should not have any permanent effect on your results. When more than a 20 lb weight gain is involved, you run the risk of stretching the skin again.

If a person does have a large weight gain and then loses it again, a smaller operation can usually remove any excess skin, with minimal recovery and cost.

Robert M. Jensen, MD
Medford Plastic Surgeon
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Weight gain after tummy tuck

Weight gain after tummy tuck can affect the cosmetic outcome depending on the total weight gain. While most womne can affort about a 15lb weight change after a tummy tuck, any more weight gain would affect the results. Fortunately, i you loose the added weight, your tummy tuck results can return.

Sean Younai, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy will gain much less after Abdominoplasty

If you gain weight after a tummy tuck, the weight will be spread everywhere where there are fat cells. The tummy tuck simply changes the proportion of fat in your tummy area compared to the rest of your body. Therefore, your tummy will gain much less compared to the rest of your body.

Daniel Reichner, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Your fat pads will get thicker, like before your tummy tuck

It is best to have your tummy tuck when your weight is stable and you are planning no more children to optimize your result and ensure longevity of the result.

If you do gain weight, you can sort of get an idea of what to expect by understanding the procedure. The traditional tummy tuck removes the skin and fat between the navel and pubic hair region. The wound is closed by pulling down the tissue from above the navel and closing it with the wound edge above the pubic area.

With that in mind, how does your body store fat in the abdominal areas between the navel and breast bone?

That is how it will store fat after the tissue is shifted downward.

Weight Gain after a Tummy Tuck

Thank you for your question.  How weight gain will affect your tummy tuck results is very hard to predict and depends on a variety of factors.  Generally speaking, small fluctuations in weight typically do not affect your results, however, large fluctuations in weight definitely pose a risk to maintaining your results.  Large weight gains and losses have the potential of stretching out skin and underlying tissue, which can translate to additional laxity of your abdomen requiring another procedure.  I hope this helps and best of luck!

Weight Gain affecting a tummy Tuck results

As with any type of surgery, the ultimate cosmetic results of a tummy tuck may be affected by weight gain. I prefer to wait until my patients have been at a stable weight for approximately 3 months prior to surgery. I also encourage them not to binge diet prior to surgery.  

Ryan Hoffman, MD
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
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Small fluctuations in weight will not affect your tummy tuck

During the tummy tuck procedure, an excessive amount of fat and abdominal skin is typically removed in order to avoid the protrusion of skin if weight is gained after the procedure. Similarly, removing excessive amounts of skin also helps prevent unsightly sagging if additional weight loss occurs after the procedure.

The removal of excess skin has proven to be successful even after small amounts of weight gain and patients who had follow-ups for up to four years generally did not require any additional corrective surgery. However, gaining large amounts of weight could ruin the results of the procedure; therefore, a proper diet and regular exercise may be important to maintain your results.

Weight Gain After a Tummy Tuck- A Matter Of Degree!

An abdominoplasty addresses skin, fat, fascia and muscle layers. It is a complex operation with great results that last routinely for a lifetime. Only excessive (greater than 20% of body weight) weight gain will have a negative effect on the result. In my extensive experience of performing this procedure, it truly hapens very rearely!

Z. Paul Lorenc, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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