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How Much Weight Can I Lose From Tummy Tuck Surgery?

11 May

Tummy tuck surgery is designed to produce a firmer, flatter and proportionally contoured abdomen by tightening loose or separated stomach muscles that cause abdominal bulging, and removing excess skin and fat from the abdominal area. As such, this surgery should not be used primarily for weight loss. However, you can expect to lose a small amount of weight after surgery and may continue to lose weight in the long term due to lifestyle changes facilitated by the surgery procedure. In this blog I’ll discuss how much weight you can expect to lose from the surgery.


In most procedures, the removal of excess skin and fat from the abdominal area will result in weight loss of about 2kg-5kg, and there can be a significant improvement in the size and shape of the abdomen after the surgery. So while minimal weight loss occurs, physically, you will look like you’ve lost weight. The reason why the actual weight loss is so small is that bone and muscle weigh much more than skin and fat, therefore the removal of skin and subcutaneous fat will not result in a dramatic loss of weight.


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Weight loss can occur post surgery

Weight loss may be secondary to the procedure, this simply means that weight loss may occur following the surgery due to changes in lifestyle. Examples of reasons why secondary weight loss may occur include:

  • The decrease in appetite combined with the increased metabolic activity following surgery.
  • The psychological effect and the motivation it has on the patient: Patients experience an increased desire to maintain their new shape through a balanced diet and regular exercise.


Every body is different

The amount of weight lost through tummy tuck surgery varies greatly between patients. It usually depends on the amount of weight being carried in the tissue of the area that is being removed (usually between the belly button and the pubic bone). In some patients the weight of the tissue may not even be 1kg, in extreme circumstances it could be as high as 7.5kg. The best candidates for tummy tuck surgery are those who are fit, healthy and active and have reached their target weight.


It also depends on whether a mini or a full tummy tuck surgery is being performed on the patient, and which component is being corrected, this can include:

  • Excess abdominal skin
  • Excess abdominal fat
  • Loose abdominal muscles 

The measure of results is an improvement in the contours and the overall shape and size of your abdomen, which would have changed dramatically. The surgery is about giving you your confidence back, and motivating you to do more good for your body, including eating well and exercising regularly.

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Topics: Body
Dr Naveen Somia MBBS, PhD, FRACS

Written by Dr Naveen Somia MBBS, PhD, FRACS

Dr. Naveen Somia is a Sydney Plastic Surgeon who listens to his patients, understands their problems and works alongside them to help achieve their aesthetic goals by applying his skills and years of experience in Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. A published author on Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Naveen’s blog is aimed at helping you make the right choices and stay safe in your quest to look your personal best.