Does getting a tummy tuck require reaching a weight loss goal?

Do I have to drop a few pounds to be able to get a tummy tuck? I weigh around 180 lbs. Will it look weird with a flat tummy if I still have too much fat on my arms and hips?

PMildred

F, 36, Pennsylvania

No, there is no “requirement “ to loose weight before a tummy tuck. It is always ideal to be as close to ideal weight as you can before any body contouring surgery but ONLY if you will be able to maintain that weight. If you have a goal weight and are dedicated to making permanent lifestyle changes to get and stay there, then, yes do that first.

Maintaining body harmony is very important in abdominal surgery. So yes, losing weight will improve your postoperative body harmony if you are doing a tummy tuck alone. However, if you were my patient, I'd tell you that losing weight is important because it makes surgery that much easier, and your result that much more stunning. It is also just healthy in general.

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We recommend you be at a BMI of no higher than 30 due to surgical complication rates. The closer you are to your ideal body weight, the better your result will be. 

I recommend you see a board certified plastic surgeon for a consult to discuss your desired outcomes. The PS should be able to talk with you about expectations as well as make recommendations on type of tummy tuck ( regular or extended) , additional liposuction etc

regards

Jack Peterson MD

http://www.drjackpeterson.com


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From a medical standpoint the answer to your question is no, as long as you are in good overall health you can get a tummy tuck.  However if your concern is that you are going to look "weird" with a flatter belly, but still have heavier arms and hips I would suggest talking to your doctor about perhaps doing liposuction on your hips at the same time as your tummy tuck.  Those two procedures are very often done together.

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