Will My Metabolism Change After Tummy Tuck Surgery?

By: Dr. J. Timothy Katzen


Although tummy tuck surgery is not designed to be a weight loss tool, many patients certainly shed a few pounds after the procedure. This is primarily associated with the surgical removal of excess skin and fat, but some patients report continued weight loss and/or an improved ability to manage their weight following tummy tuck surgery. At J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills, plastic surgeon Dr. J. Timothy Katzen is an expert in body contouring and is proud to offer a wide array of treatments and procedures – including the tummy tuck – to help patients achieve their desired physique. Below you’ll find valuable information from Dr. Katzen on what to expect after tummy tuck surgery, including if you may lose additional weight in the future.

Does a tummy tuck help you lose weight?

It is essential for patients considering tummy tuck surgery to understand that the procedure is not intended to be a substitute for diet and exercise, nor is it considered a procedure that promotes weight loss. The fundamental purpose of the tummy tuck is to reshape a patient’s midsection through skin removal, skin tightening, fat reduction, muscle repositioning, and other techniques. Most often, tummy tuck surgery is performed to reverse the unwanted consequences of weight loss, pregnancy, or aging, such as:

  • Loose abdominal skin
  • Stubborn fat in the midsection
  • Belly pooch
  • Abdominal stretch marks
  • Diastasis recti
  • Beer belly

Will it be easier to lose weight after a tummy tuck?

Tummy tuck surgery itself does not necessarily boost a person’s metabolism, though many men and women do report an improved ability to lose weight and maintain their weight loss following the tummy tuck. In some cases, patients are simply more motivated to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly after tummy tuck surgery in order to maintain their results. For other patients, exercising after a tummy tuck becomes more enjoyable and more comfortable without the burden of loose or hanging skin. Further still, some studies have shown that patients are able to more easily control their weight after a tummy tuck due to a decreased appetite and/or an earlier feeling of satiety. Over time, the healthier diet and more active lifestyle that are adopted after tummy tuck surgery can certainly have a positive impact on the patient’s metabolism.

Boost your health and happiness with tummy tuck surgery in Beverly Hills, CA

Aside from the obvious benefit of achieving a slimmer, firmer, sexier new shape, tummy tuck surgery may also trigger improvements in a patient’s lifestyle, weight, and health over time. To learn more about the dramatic transformation that may be possible for you with a Beverly Hills tummy tuck, call J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills to schedule your one-on-one consultation with internationally acclaimed, plastic surgeon Dr. J. Timothy Katzen today.

Call 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.


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