Do I Need to Lose Weight Before My Tummy Tuck?

Maryland Plastic Surgeon serving Washington DC, & Virginia including Alexandria and Fairfax.

 

A Maryland woman considers weight loss before her tummy tuckAbdominoplasty is designed to give you a flat, slender midsection, but it is not intended to be used as a weight loss tool.  Although it will slim and tuck your waistline, many of our patients considering a tummy tuck procedure in Maryland ask if they should lose weight before the procedure.

The answer to whether or not a patient needs to lose weight before a tummy tuck surgery is unique to each candidate.  However, there are a few general considerations to help shed light on how weight loss, or weight gain, can impact your tummy tuck.

Having realistic expectations: We all have an ideal body weight we’d like to achieve. Unfortunately, achieving your goal weight can often prove to be difficult. It’s important to conduct a realistic self-analysis of your current weight, where you’ve been, and where you want to go. The best results occur when a patient is in good health, has a positive attitude and realistic expectations.

Can you maintain your weight? Both the success and safety of your tummy tuck are dependent on you being at a healthy weight. Many people want to be thin, but it is more important for your Abdominoplasty that your weight is healthy and maintainable. It is ideal if you have been at a relatively stable weight for at least six months. If you are actively working to lose 30 pounds or more, it’s best to lose the weight before seeking a body contouring procedure.

Is there a possibility of future weight gain? Many patients are eager to rid themselves of unwanted excess skin and tighten their underlying abdominal structure as soon as possible.  However, it’s important to not jump the gun.  Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Chiaramonte has extensive experience performing tummy tuck procedures, and he understands how difficult it can be to wait for the results you want. That being said, a premature abdominoplasty can be a waste of money, time and energy if you and your body are not ready.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Chiaramonte will listen to your goals and evaluate your physical condition. He will ask you questions, such as:

  • Has your weight stabilized?
  • Are you done having children?
  • Are there any future circumstances that could affect your weight?

At your consultation, Dr. Chiaramonte will recommend the best approach to meet your goals, and advise you on how to prepare for your procedure and recovery.

If you are considering a tummy tuck in Maryland, contact Bella Cosmetic Surgery today by completing the form on this page or calling (301) 567-6767 to schedule a consultation. We welcome patients from Washington DC, as well as Alexandria and Fairfax, Virginia.

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