Do I Need to Lose Weight Before My Tummy Tuck?

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Designed to correct a protruding abdomen, a tummy tuck addresses “unwanted excess skin and tightens the underlying abdominal musculature”. The goal is a slender and flatter midsection. Although a tummy tuck will slim your waistline, it is not to be used as a weight loss tool. That being said, Dr. Fugo is often asked, “Should I lose weight before my tummy tuck?” While the answer is unique to each patient, Dr. Fugo can shed light on how weight loss—and weight gain—will affect your tummy tuck.

Is your weight maintainable?

Being at a healthy weight is important to both the safety and success of your surgery. While being thin is desirable, being at a healthy and maintainable weight is most important to your tummy tuck. Dr. Fugo recommends surgery for patients who have been “at the same relative weight for 6 months or more” without any upcoming “dramatic lifestyle changes”. However, “if you’re in the process of actively losing weight with a plan to lose more than 30 pounds and are having reasonable success in that endeavor” (good for you!), Dr. Fugo suggests that you “lose the weight before seeking out” surgical body contouring such as a tummy tuck.

Is there a likely chance of future weight gain?

Anxious to rid their midsections of the extra bulge, many patients are eager to schedule their tummy tucks as soon as possible. While for many this is fine, for others, jumping in feet first may be jumping the gun. Understanding that it is difficult to wait, Dr. Fugo reiterates the importance of being at a stable and consistent weight.

Having a semblance of what the future holds will only increase the likelihood of satisfactory results. Dr. Fugo will ask his patients: “Are you done having children?” Has your weight stabilized? And, do you know of any changes that could affect your weight? Ultimately, Dr. Fugo explains that a premature tummy tuck is “a waste of your time, money, and energy” why “repair something that will just be damaged again in the future.”

Realistic Expectations

Having realistic expectations is essential to the success of your tummy tuck. Dr. Fugo says it best: “It really comes down to a realistic self-analysis of where you are in terms of your weight, where you’ve been and where you’d like to be.” He continues by saying, “let’s face it, we all have an ‘ideal body weight’ or ‘goal weight’ we’d like to achieve. Unfortunately, for many, actually achieving that goal proves to be difficult.”

We find that best results are seen when one is in good health, maintains a positive attitude, and has realistic expectations.

Your Tummy Tuck at Fugo Plastic Surgery

From your initial consultation onwards, our dedicated team will work with you and can even provide you with expert tips on how to lose those last few pounds. When it comes to your tummy tuck, it is worth being patient and waiting until you have achieved your goal weight. Be on your way—schedule a consultation today.

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