How Much Weight to Lose Before Body Lift?

I am a 41 yr old female and I weigh about 285 lbs. My height is 5 ft 9 in. How much weight must I lose to have a Body lift?

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Things to consider before a body lift.

Being in good physical health overall is an important component of a successful surgery, and this is even more the case when looking at a body lift or other procedures of that type. Although it’s hard to give an exact weight goal for you to reach, you should hold a healthy end weight as your target. A nutritionist can help you determine what that number means for you. More important than the exact number of pounds you lose is your ability to maintain a healthy weight for several months before surgery. I like to see my patients holding steady for about six months prior to any type of lift procedure.

There is no magic number...

There is no magic number of pounds you need to lose before a body lift.  The most important thing is to have reached a stable weight.  I have typically found with Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, vertical gastric sleeve and duodenal switch that most patients lose their weight at approximately 10 to 12 months.  Lap-band patients tend to maximally lose their weight at approximately 20 to 22 months.  This is a gross generalization, but appears to hold true for most of my patients.  After you have lost your weight and your weight has been stable within 5 pounds for approximately 3 to 4 months, then I believe you are ready for a body lift.

Based on your individual height and weight, I would estimate with a Roux-en-Y procedure you could lose over 100 pounds.  Though as mentioned above, the most important factor is to have a stable weight for approximately 3 to 4 months after your significant weight loss.


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Dr. J. Timothy Katzen

Weight loss prior to body lift

I usually perform a lower body lift after a patient has lost about 100 pounds or so either through gastric sbypass or diet and exercise. That is not a hard and fast rule, however. What is more important to me is that the weight loss is stable.

I prefer to operate once all the wieght you are going to lose has been lost and you can't lose anymore regardless of your final weight. The more weight you lose the better the result. As long as your expectations are realistic we can then consider a lower body lift.

Good luck!

Michael Diaz, MD
Melbourne Plastic Surgeon
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Ideal weight loss prior to body contouring surgery.

This also depends on your height. Given an average estimate of 5"4" Your weight should roughly vary from 120-145 lbs. Given this upper limit I am estimating that you are about 140 pounds overweight.

It would be ideal for you to achieve this but perhaps not realistic. You may want to consider nutrtional counseling and supervision and possible contemplate bariatric surgery first.

This is an extremely brief synopsis and many other issues will affect this decision.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Weight loss

Good question.  There is no magic number.  Generally, though, your weight loss should be complete; i.e. you should be at a stable weight for at least 6 months, preferably 12 months.  This weight should be your best sustainable weight--which I define as the weight you can reasonable expect to maintain with a healthy lifestyle.  This may or may not not be your medically ideal weight or the weight that you were hoping to achieve, but is the weight you can maintain.  When you are at this goal weight, the surgeon is not trying to hit a "moving target" and you will get better overall results.

Jeffrey D. Wagner, MD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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How Much Weight to Lose Before Body Lift?

There are many methods of determining a healthy weight range.  For a woman 5'9" tall, the range is 130-160 pounds.  If the woman is particularly muscular, she certainly can weigh more and still be considered healthy.  With these numbers in mind, you will benefit from reducing your weight by  125-150 pounds.  Ultimately, you must decide what is a reasonable weight reduction that you can achieve and maintain long term.  It doesn't do you any good to loose a massive amount of weight only to regain it.  Once you have lost the desired amount, keep the weight stable for at least six months before undergoing any skin removing surgery.  Best of luck!

Paul Fortes, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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How much to loose before having a Body Lift .

I would personally recommend for you to first go with a bariatric specialist  or a nutritionist so they can adequately guide you in the correct and healthy way to loose weight. After the specialist has guided you and you have accomplished what he has recommended you can afterward see a plastic surgeon so he can evaluate you and let you know what would be the best choice in regards to plastic surgery. Hope this helps. 

Luis Suarez, MD
Mexico Plastic Surgeon
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Losing weight prior to body lift

Thank you for your question.

I always recommend to ALL of my patients that they should lose as much weight as possible prior to surgery and to be as close as possible to their long term stable weight to get the best results.  This will maximize chances of achieving a long-term stable result without the need for revision surgery (related to weight gain or loss issues).

For example, if you have the procedure and then lose  more than 10  pounds, you may need revisionary surgery to take care of excess skin, etc.

I hope this helps.

How Much Weight to Lose Before Body Lift

The simple answer to your question is that there is no specific formula that gives a particular number. Even BMI indexes are only a rough guide as they can be grossly misleading in people who have good muscle mass and athletes. I would tell you that having a stable weight is the most important factor for you to consider after losing your weight. Without a picture it is hard to be really specific for you, but loosing 100lbs would be sufficient for your height. I often see patients who have had barriatric surgery and have lost so much weight that they are literally skin and bones. This is too much weight loss as there is little one can do to give them a nice shape but remove excess skin. A bodylift is an extremely powerful procedure to give you back your natural shape and if there is still some fat you will be very pleasantly surprised by the result.

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Weight loss and body lift

You should try to lose enough weight to get close to your ideal body weight. This is always best to obtain the best results and diminish the risks of complications.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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