Weight Has Stabilized but Not at my Goal. Am I Still a Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?

Over the last year and a half I've lost 76 pounds. I now weigh 149 and am 5'4. My goal weight is 135. These last 14 pounds are stubborn, I workout 6 days a week and only lose about 1-2 pounds a month vs the 1-2 pounds a week I was losing. Am I still a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover? I would really like a TT, BL,BA but am concerned the excess 15 pounds may not give me a decent result.

Doctor Answers 20

Mommy Makeover and weight loss

My suggestion is to visit with  a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options. I normally suggest that my patients are at their goal weight prior to surgery.  This would help in achieving the patients goals.  If we perform surgery and then the patient loses more weight, they have to understand that the breast and tummy will change with weight loss and therefore they may need additional surgery.  

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,484 reviews

Mommy makeover

The fact that your weight loss has slowed as you near your ideal weight is not uncommon.  I believe that you would be a good candidate for surgery at any time.  For most patients 10 pounds one way or the other does not change the surgical results.  I would recommend that you go ahead and call a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for a consultation to be evaluated and get all of your questions answered.

Gary Hall,MD

Gary Hall, MD (retired)
Kansas City Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

Weight loss before tummy tuck

If your weight has been stable for several months you may be a candidate for a tummy tuck and breast lift. The only way to know for sure is to be evaluated by a board certified plastic surgeon for a complete examination in person. The actual number of your weight is not as important as the distribution of your weight and the excess skin. Don't be too concerned with losing your last 15 pounds, since you have already lost a considerable amount of weight.

Best wishes,


William Bruno, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 377 reviews

Ideal Weight!

There’s no question that being close to your ideal body weight improves the results of mommy makeover surgery.  It also decreases the potential for complications with this type of surgical procedure.  For these reasons, we prefer that patients be within 10% of their ideal body weight at the time of surgery. 

            Unfortunately, reaching an ideal weight is easier said than done.  It’s not unusual for weight loss to become more difficult as patients near their ideal weight.  For this reason, the vast majority of patients are unsuccessful at losing this additional weight.  It’s also important to realize that even when patients are overweight, they can potentially benefit from mommy makeover surgery.  We therefore evaluate every patient on an individual basis.

            We encourage patients’ to lose weight before surgery and prefer that their weight be stable for at least three months.  We realize that some people will have difficulty losing weight.  We therefore encourage patients to be in a supervised weight loss program.  Even with this help, some patients will be unsuccessful in their effort to lose weight.  Even without further weight loss, many of these patients will still potentially benefit from mommy makeover surgery.

            It’s important to realize that weight loss following mommy makeover surgery can affect the final result.  This could even result in the need for revisional surgery.  For these reasons it’s important to thoroughly discuss this issue with your plastic surgeon prior to surgery.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 194 reviews

Mommy Makeover Candidate

Thank you for your question.
Congrats on your #weightloss!  It is quite common for those last few pounds to be especially stubborn.  I normally recommend my patients are as close to their "normal" weight as possible, with a low BMI, in order to have the best aesthetic #results with the fewest complications.  That being said, if your weight loss has plateaued at so close to your goal weight, it might be a good time to consider surgery.
Consult a #boardcertified plastic surgeon in person.
Best of luck!

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 107 reviews

Weight stabilized, not at goal. Am I a surgical candidate?

Congratulations on the weight loss.  The consultation is the opportunity to get your questions answered.  Make a list before going to the appointment.  Good things to ask about include when are the follow up appointments?  How do I get ahold of someone in the middle of the night if something happens?  Do I need any special accommodations at home?  Tell the Doctor what your goals are.  Remember to have reasonable expectations.  Each Doctor will have different criteria of how close you need to be at goal weight for each operation.  Together you and your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon will come up with a plan.           

Jeffrey J. Roth, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Stable and comfortable weight is the goal

First off, nice job on the weight loss. It sounds like you're really committed and you've done a great job. If your weight has stabilized at this point, then it should be okay to proceed with a mommy makeover if your overall health is good and the reason you are trying to lose weight is to target the same areas that you are planning on having surgery for.  Please see an experienced board certified plastic surgeon for an assessment. 

Further weight fluctuations can negatively affect your results, but if your weight is fairly stable then it should still give you a decent result.

Leila Kasrai, MD, FRCSC
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 66 reviews

Losing weight before cosmetic surgery

Fifteen pounds really won't make much of a difference before your surgery or even afterward.  50-75 pound weight loss would probably cause more loose skin to occur after a tummy tuck, though.

Jeffrey E. Schreiber, MD, FACS
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 201 reviews

Goal weight for mommy makeover

It would be best to be at your ideal weight before surgery, but if you are unable to achieve that, you may still be a good candidate for a mommy makeover.  Your board-certified plastic surgeon will help you to understand your best options based on your health, skin laxity and thickness of fatty tissue.

David Stoker, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 50 reviews

Mommy Makeover

Hello ~

Congratulations on losing the weight you have. That is a big accomplishment.  Despite having plateaued on your weight loss schedule, you have lost a considerable amount of weight. If you have reached a steady weight for a period of 6 months, I believe you would be a sound candidate for a mommy makeover procedure.  Without seeing photographs it is difficult to asses just how good of a candidate you are, but in the larger scheme, a 15 pound weight difference from your "ideal" weight is not significant enough to profoundly affect your results in a negative manner.

I would recommend you consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for a formal evaluation and management plan.

Kindest Regards ~

Glenn Vallecillos, M.D., F.A.C.S. 

Glenn Vallecillos, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

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