What effect will weight gain or weight loss have on the results of a tummy tuck?

The aim of a tummy tuck is to remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles that you cannot do through exercise and diet alone. It is not a procedure to aid weight loss and you must therefore reach your optimal weight before having surgery. Excessive weight loss after the operation will produce excess loose skin which can negatively affect the results of surgery.

Similarly, excessive weight gain after a tummy tuck will stretch the abdominal skin and muscles. This will result in loss of the muscle tone and firmness that was achieved with surgery, thereby affecting the long-term aesthetic results of the procedure. The effect this has depends on the amount of weight that you lose or gain, but minor changes should not affect the results. Talk to your surgeon if you have concerns.

Published: November 6th, 2020