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Should I Lose Weight Before Tummy Tuck for Best Results?

“Should I lose weight before undergoing a tummy tuck surgery?” 

This is an extremely important question, yet probably one of the least contemplated among people wanting to undergo tummy tuck. The answer is ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ depending on your present weight.

Tummy Tuck- What does it involve?

Tummy tuck is a body contouring cosmetic surgery procedure which involves removal of excess skin from the lower abdominal region, mostly coupled with liposuction of areas like abdomen, flanks and even lower back in some cases. The abdominal muscles are also tightened to improve the muscle tone and lessen the abdominal bulge. However, the question arises- if liposuction is done along with skin removal, why is there at all the need to lose weight? To answer this question, it is important to understand how tummy tuck works, what is BMI and how are the two related?

Tummy tuck surgery entails removal of almost all the skin below the navel, and pulling the upper abdominal skin down to the pubis, giving a scar in your bikini. If one only requires removal of skin apron, it is relatively a much simpler process, however, obese people who have a lot of excess fat as well require extensive liposuction. To get a great result in such patients, the surgeon will have to do a significant amount of liposuction, and this greatly increases the risk of problems with wound healing. It is also important to mention here that liposuction is not the way to lose weight. It is to contour the body when you are close to your ideal weight, thus answering the previous question.

Regarding Body Mass Index or BMI, it is a measure of body fat which is calculated on the basis of your height and weight. BMI is an important factor while assessing someone’s candidacy for a tummy tuck as high BMI affects both the safety of the patient during and after surgery and the surgical outcome.

Tummy tuck- Step by step

Talking about safety first, obese people run a much higher risk of complications like Pulmonary embolism, wound healing problems, infections, blood clots etc. post-surgery. The surgery time is also much longer if you are significantly overweight and need extensive surgery; thereby lengthening the anesthesia time and putting you at risk. Secondly, if there is too much bulk, it is difficult to get rid of it in a single sitting, thereby greatly affecting the aesthetic outcome of surgery.

While BMI is of course not the sole criterion while judging someone’s candidacy for an abdominoplasty, it is certainly an important factor. The best results for the procedure are obtained in the 25 to 28 BMI group, which refers to the overweight group (18.5 to 24.9 is the normal BMI range), as per the Body Mass Index. From 29 to 31 or so, one can get good significant results. However beyond this, results are compromised and a good outcome cannot be expected from the surgery, as people in this range fall under the obese category and are better candidates for weight loss surgery.

Your weight is thus undoubtedly an important factor if you are considering a tummy tuck and it is all the more significant if you are planning to travel to another country for your surgery. Planning for your Tummy tuck surgery in India needs a lot of deliberation and forethought. It is important to consult the best cosmetic surgeons in India before you finalize for your surgery, who would assess the pictures of your target areas and would ask you for your other important details including your height, weight, obstetric and medical history. Once the surgeon ascertains that you are a suitable candidate for the surgery and can expect good results, he would give you a go ahead for the procedure.

To make sure you are in safe and best hands for your tummy tuck cosmetic surgery, it is imperative that you choose the right partner who has the know-how and is adept with the finer intricacies of the subject.

An expert medical tourism facilitator like IndiCure will make sure that you have a successful Tummy tuck surgery under Board certified surgeons at best hospitals in India. For more information on tummy tuck in India, write to us at, or call us at +91-932-003-6777 or +1-877-270-2448 (US toll free) or Skype us @ Indicure