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How Much Weight Do I Need To Lose Before A Tummy Tuck? (Weight Requirements)

People commonly confuse an Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck), with a Gastric Bypass.  In reality, the two procedures have completely different end goals.  The Gastric Bypass concerns itself with helping patients lose weight (by making the stomach smaller) while the Tummy Tuck concerns itself with removing excess skin/fat deposits after weight loss.  In fact, we typically recommend that potential Tummy Tuck patients wait at least 6 months after losing a significant amount of weight before getting the procedure.  

This is so that their weight can reach a stable baseline level.  That's why the benefits you'll receive from a Tummy Tuck are directly related to the amount of weight you lost before having the procedure.  It's clear that you have to lose weight before a Tummy tuck.  The question now becomes:  

"How much weight do I need to lose?" (Weight Requirements)

As we've said, the goal of a Tummy Tuck isn't weight loss - it's the removal of excess skin.  If you've never tried a legitimate diet and exercise routine - that's the first place to start.  Without enough excess skin to work with, a Tummy Tuck will have little to no effect on your appearance.  Additionally, your body may adapt to the new active lifestyle in a way that eliminates the need for a Tummy Tuck altogether.  Finally, it can never hurt to follow a more health-oriented pathway in your own life.  You need to be sure that your diet and exercise routine (or lack thereof) isn't the reason for your interest in a Tummy Tuck.

But how can you be sure?

The first step is to go to see your doctor for a physical exam.  Make sure the exam includes tests for obesity & diabetes, as those are of primary concern for our purposes.  The results of the tests will give you all info you'll need to take your next step.  If the results come back positive for either obesity or diabetes, your primary concern should be losing weight & improving your diet.  In fact, a Tummy Tuck shouldn't even be a consideration at this stage.  

In the case that your tests come back showing that your weight is in a healthy range, and you're still unhappy about your excess skin - you're ready to call us for a consultation about a Tummy Tuck procedure.  Don't waste your money on a procedure without doing your homework first - get a physical exam that tests for obesity and diabetes before you make any further choices.
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