How Much Weight Can Be Lost With A Tummy Tuck?

By: Dr. J. Timothy Katzen


With near-perfect bodies on display now more than ever before, increasing numbers of men and women are turning to plastic surgery each year to fine-tune their figures. Without a doubt, body contouring procedures are among the most in-demand treatments today, helping countless patients trim excess skin, remove stubborn fat, and enhance their overall appearances. At J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills, renowned, plastic surgeon Dr. J. Timothy Katzen takes pride in helping men and women achieve their desired shape with a comprehensive array of body contouring treatments and techniques, including the tummy tuck. If you are considering tummy tuck surgery, review the information below on the connection between weight loss and a tummy tuck, including if you should expect to lose weight after your procedure.

What does a tummy tuck do?

Abdominoplasty surgery, more commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, is a widely popular body contouring procedure that aims to resculpt a patient’s midsection through abdominal skin removal, fat reduction, skin tightening, muscle tightening, pubic lift (mons/fupa)/reduction and other techniques. Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck include women who are frustrated by the side effects of pregnancy. Other ideal patients include men and women who have developed extra skin after weight loss, struggle with loose skin, stubborn fat, and other consequences of aging and lifestyle. Common concerns that can be improved or corrected with a Beverly Hills tummy tuck include:

  • Loose abdominal skin
  • Extra skin on the midsection
  • Abdominal stretch marks
  • Stubborn belly fat
  • Lower belly pooch or pouch
  • Diastasis recti
  • Excess skin and fat of the pubic region/mons/fupa

Will I lose weight after a tummy tuck?

It is critical that patients considering a tummy tuck understand that this procedure is not designed as a weight-loss tool. A tummy tuck should be used as a substitute for diet, exercise, and other traditional weight loss methods. To qualify for tummy tuck surgery, patients should already be at or near their goal weight and have loose skin or stubborn fat that no longer responds to diet and exercise.

While weight loss is not a primary goal of a tummy tuck, patients may notice their weight drop somewhat after surgery as a result of the skin, fat, and other tissue removed during the procedure. Furthermore, many patients find that they have more energy and are more comfortable exercising after tummy tuck surgery. Often, the elimination of excess abdominal skin and fat allows patients to boost their fitness regimen and can result in additional weight loss.

In other cases, patients may not see a change on the scale at all after tummy tuck surgery. Even though there is no significant weight reduction, their figure will still appear dramatically slimmer, firmer, and smoother.

What if I gain weight after a tummy tuck?

Gaining weight after a tummy tuck can significantly compromise or even reverse your surgical outcome. For this reason, patients considering abdominoplasty surgery should be fully committed to maintaining a stable weight after their tummy tuck surgery. With a stable weight and a healthy lifestyle, the results of tummy tuck surgery can last for many years or even decades.

Slim down and look sexier than ever with a tummy tuck in Beverly Hills, CA

With the stunning transformations that are possible through modern tummy tuck surgery, there is no reason to be unhappy with your body any longer. Take the first step toward improved self-confidence and a "hot body" figure by scheduling your tummy tuck consultation with internationally recognized, plastic surgeon Dr. J. Timothy Katzen at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills today!

Call TODAY to schedule a consultation. For your convenience, Dr. Katzen has offices in Beverly Hills, CA, Las Vegas, NV, and Dubai, UAE. Physical or virtual consultations can be arranged. Virtual consultation options include FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, and WhatsApp. Call (310) 859 - 7770 today to schedule your consultation to achieve the tummy of your dreams.


* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.