If you are considering a tummy tuck, we generally recommend that you achieve a healthy weight, hopefully at or near your ideal weight, before the surgery. If you achieve this weight, it helps us to design a procedure that will give you the best possible results because we can better gauge how much skin should be removed to achieve a natural, svelte figure. Putting in your best effort with diet and exercise prior to surgery also helps to reduce your risk of postsurgical complications.
However, many of our patients find it difficult to reach their ideal weight. In trying to get rid of their final few pounds, they sometimes consider resorting to a special diet, gimmick, or trick to squeak under the wire before coming in for their procedure. We do not recommend this. So-called miracle weight loss programs and fad diets can produce dramatic weight loss in a short period of time, but they can actually hurt your results.. This type of dieting often results in yo-yo weight loss, where you may lose the weight before your procedure, but are likely to regain the pounds you lost, which can derail your results. It's important to reduce your weight in a way that you are likely to maintain after surgery, because new weight gain always has the potential to reduce the quality of your results.
Second, remember that it's not the exact number that matters. What really matters is trying to get yourself into a healthy lifestyle based on a good diet and regular exercise. Even if you don't see the results you'd like on the outside, your new regimen is doing a lot of invisible work that will serve you well. After all, if we could all achieve the results we want with dieting and exercise, there would be no need for tummy tucks at all. Plastic surgery helps you achieve results that would be impossible on your own, but your efforts can help ensure those results are long-lasting or even permanent.
If you are interested in a tummy tuck, please call or email New York plastic surgeon Dr. George Lefkovits today to schedule a personal consultation.