How Much Weight Should You Lose for Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Tummy tuck surgery remains one of the most in-demand cosmetic procedures performed across the country year after year, and – with its ability to dramatically transform a person’s figure after pregnancy, weight loss, or aging – it’s easy to see why. While tummy tuck surgery can certainly result in a few pounds of weight loss and many inches gone, it is still important for patients considering a tummy tuck to understand that the procedure is not designed as a weight-loss tool, nor is it a substitute for diet and exercise. In fact, patients can achieve even more pleasing and longer-lasting results by getting close to their goal weight prior to tummy tuck surgery.

At Plastic Surgery Group of Atlanta, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Connors and distinguished plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandra Hart help Atlanta, GA men and women look and feel their best with the most advanced body contouring tools and techniques available today, including the tummy tuck. Review the helpful information below to better understand how you can prepare for your tummy tuck, if you may need to lose weight prior to surgery, and why it matters.

Is a tummy tuck right for me?

Formally known as an abdominoplasty, the tummy tuck has a number of different applications, making it an appropriate option for a wide range of patients. Most often, tummy tuck surgery is performed to correct the unwanted side effects of pregnancy or extreme weight loss, though it can also be used to reverse age-related changes in the mid-section or simply to address diet and exercise-resistant fat or loose skin. Some of the most common concerns that lead patients to undergo tummy tuck surgery are:

  • Loose skin on the abdomen
  • Stubborn belly fat
  • Pooch or pouch on tummy
  • Still look pregnant after giving birth
  • Hanging skin after weight loss or pregnancy
  • Diastasis recti (separated ab muscles)

Is there a weight requirement for tummy tuck surgery?

While there is no specific weight or BMI requirement for tummy tuck patients, it is important that men and women considering surgery are at a healthy, stable weight. Not only does this decrease the chances of intraoperative and postoperative complications, but it also helps to ensure a more attractive and longer-lasting final outcome.

Generally speaking, patients should be within about 10 – 20 pounds of their goal weight prior to undergoing a tummy tuck. Additionally, patients should have consistently maintained that weight for at least six months leading up to surgery. Finally, patients should be firmly committed to maintaining a healthy and stable weight after tummy tuck surgery, as future weight gain can alter their results. For this reason, women are encouraged to wait until they have finished having children before scheduling a tummy tuck.

Patients who are in good overall health, done having children, and have reached a stable, healthy weight that is maintained over time can enjoy life-changing results with tummy tuck surgery that can last for decades to come.

Set yourself up for success by reaching your goal weight before tummy tuck surgery in Atlanta, GA

Tummy tuck surgery requires a significant investment of time, effort, and money. Protect your investment and give yourself the best possible chance for a beautiful, long-lasting outcome by ensuring you’re at a healthy and stable weight prior to (and after) the procedure. To learn more about the dramatic transformations that can be achieved with tummy tuck surgery, call Plastic Surgery Group of Atlanta to schedule your private consultation today with either of our plastic surgeons, Dr John Connors or Dr. Alexandra Hart.