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Whats The Ideal Weight Before Having My Tummy Tuck?

Briefly about abdominoplasty and it’s benefits

An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a procedure that flattens the waist by taking out excess fat and skin. At the same time, it is also tightening the muscles in your tummy. An abdominoplasty is a wonderful way to shape the figure and sculpt the body.

Being overweight can negatively impact your social life, self-esteem, and confidence, which can inhibit you from participating in social gatherings. Despite following strict diets, performing heavy exercises, losing excess skin can be difficult tasks. Even though you have good muscle mass, the excess fat and skin surrounding the muscle underneath may result in unsatisfied body contour. Among other things, abdominoplasty surgery helps to reshape the body and improve your body aesthetics.

If you already have children, you may have stretch marks due to skin and muscle stretching. Of course, there are many topical treatments, skin tightening tools, and scar removal creams available. But, unfortunately, most of them are minimally effective. Abdominoplasty can be a good option for you if you want to tighten your loose belly or do muscle repair after pregnancy.

The necessity of being at ideal weight

The definition of ” ideal weight ” confuses potential tummy tuck patients and as a result they always ask themselves: how much exact weight should I lose before  undergoing a tummy tuck surgery? The answer is a little more complicated than we think.

Since a tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery, for this reason, it is not a replacement for weight loss. Our surgeons expect you to be at a stable weight before you want a tummy tuck procedure. You must be close to your desired weight for six to twelve months before undergoing a tummy tuck.

Actually, the weight range is not definite 

There is no magic number that each person can lose to be in a safe range for a tummy tuck; after all, people come in different shapes and sizes. Most surgeons will recommend patients be up to 13 stones ( 82-84 kg) from their goal weight. But we should not forget that one person will look very different in this range than another person. This is important as getting or losing additional weight can be harmful to the contoured shape achieved through your procedure. Weight fluctuations may stretch or affect the abdominal tissues. Additionally, weight gain might require a revision procedure to restore the benefits of the initial procedure. Do not forget that, being at an ideal weight for abdominoplasty is important to maximize the surgical outcome and reduce surgical risks.

Actually, there is no physical sign that will alert the patients if they have reached their ideal weight. Most patients are trying to reach an ideal range, with no knowledge if it is a healthy or reasonable weight.

FlyHealth cosmetic surgeons do not recommend using diet fads or pills to lose weight. Intense weight loss by those methods can cause weight fluctuation, making it even more challenging to get to the ideal weight.

Benefits of having an ideal weight before abdominoplasty

Every surgical procedure involves some risks. If you undergo tummy tuck while you are in the ideal weight range, you can benefit from a few amazing advantages of this surgery:

  • Minimum surgical complications
  • Faster recovery because obesity slows down wound healing
  • Lower chance of post-surgical pain and infection
  • Maintained body contour long after the surgery
  • Encouraged achievement of targeted goals long after the operation

On top of that, the ideal weight range alone is not enough to evaluate if you’re a good candidate for a tummy tuck. It is also important to take into account muscle mass, body proportions, age, and sex. With BMI itself it is sometimes not accurate for measuring body fat.

One thing that you should keep in your mind is the closer you are to your ideal weight, the better the final result you can get.

It’s important to consult our surgeons to determine your suitability for surgery, as multiple factors are considered before determining the suitability for the procedure.

Tips to lose weight before abdominoplasty surgery

Following are a few tips for losing some weight before surgery:

  • Drink sufficient water – at least 2 lt every day.
  • Nourish track of what you eat- a meal every 4 to 5 hours while you are awake.
  • Preventing all types of alcohol and packaged commodities, which contain high calories and excess sugar.
  • Regular exercise
  • meals with more vegetables and fruits rather than carbohydrates -try not to take too many carbohydrates and focus on lean proteins.
  • Use olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  • Avoid margarine and frozen foods
  • By Weighing yourself every 10 days may be helpful to keep track.

That means that most patients have a “stable” weight range that they can comfortably keep and maintain. Usually, this is the point where your weight loss process gradually slows down. We can say, this is also the best place in your weight loss regimen to get your tummy tuck.

With a healthy diet and exercise you can reach a range of weight that is reasonable. If patients do not experience weight fluctuation, then they will get the best tummy tuck results.

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Contact FlyHealth for a consultation. At FlyHealth you will have surgery with one of the highly trained, demanding and reputable plastic surgeons in Istanbul, Turkey.

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