Weight loss and plastic surgery are related, but they are not the same.
Cosmetic surgery will not make you lose a significant amount of weight. Liposuction removes fat, but fat weighs fairly little. A tummy tuck mostly removes skin with a thin pad of fat.
How they are related:
You want to do your cosmetic operation when you feel that you are at a weight that you feel you can maintain. Many operations will have a change in outcome if you gain or lose a significant amount of weight afterward. That’s right: lose or gain. Additional surgery often follows in cases in which significant weight change occurs after surgery.
There is an ideal picture however before a given operation will have a given result. Patients are often asked to try to lose weight before a tummy tuck. If the tummy wall is firm, tummy tuck surgery won’t get you far. If it is soft and/or there is tissue hanging, the results are generally quite good. A good surgeon can tell this quickly, but often doesn’t say much more than “lose weight first.”
John Di Saia MD
Originally posted 2005-07-28 18:40:00.