How Many Inches Can I Lose with a Tummy Tuck?
How Many Inches Can I Lose with a Tummy Tuck
The subject of a tummy tuck carries a widespread misconception in tow. Patients continually come in for a consultation and ask the inevitable question: how much weight can I lose through abdominoplasty? They are shocked to learn that the average loss is 3 to 6 pounds.
Single digit weight loss is common with a tummy tuck because weight loss is not the goal of the surgery. A tuck is about tightening weak muscles and removing excess skin at tissue. The removal of unwanted fat is inadvertent unless it is done through conjunctive liposuction.
The difference that you see in the results photographs has more to do with skin resurfacing and muscle tightening than it does weight loss. Changes to your abdominal appearance can occur because of:
· Drastic weight loss
Body weight only comes into the tummy tuck conversation once. Before you can get cleared for surgery, you have to be within 10 pounds of your ideal weight and stay at that weight a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 12.
It is also extremely helpful to have an exercise routine and a healthy diet pre-set prior to your surgery. This will make it easier to maintain and improve upon your results after the surgery. If fact, many patients see the tummy tuck as an incentive to fully commit to a healthier lifestyle.
The only cases where a significant amount of weight has been lost after a tummy tuck are cases that involve weight loss revision surgery. Up to 23+ pounds can be lost as a result of a lower body lift, which includes abdominoplasty. That is the combined weight of the excess skin and tissue that is removed from the body. Even results like that aren’t noticeable right away.
During the first few weeks of recovery, your skin actually looks discolored and wrinkled. As you heal, your skin tightens and the discoloration disappears. It’s during this period of time that you can measure how much you’ve lost, but in inches, not in weight.
The indicator of inches lost is your new pant size.