The answer is simple: it depends. Common sense might tell you that you should be as close to your ideal weight before operating. That way, you don't have to elect surgery after losing more weight, reducing cost and health risks. However, many doctors have weighed in on the issue, and the answer centers around the patient's body and needs.
How much weight has been lost?
If a significant amount of weight has been lost, it’s a great idea to have a tummy tuck to reward yourself. When a significant amount of weight has been lost, the doctor may require more than one procedure to remove all the excess skin anyway. The main benefit of having a tummy tuck midway in your weight loss is to make the weight loss manageable. While you're losing weight, loose skin can undermine your motivation. As long as the weight loss is stable, you're a good candidate for a tummy tuck.
Reaching a plateau
After losing a good amount of weight, your progress may stall. That's a normal part of losing weight. In fact, your body may resist additional weight loss, and the progress may take some time and effort to restart. It's important to stay positive during this time not only to maintain your progress but also to prevent weight gain. Yo-yo diets are bad for your health and for self-esteem. Getting a tummy tuck means you can enjoy a better body on your way to your ideal weight.
Crossing the finish line
The last portion of weight is always the most difficult to lose. Many doctors will perform the surgery if you're within 15-20 pounds of their ideal weight. In addition, the excess skin may reduce your weight. You can experience a body close to your ideal while you slowly lose the remainder of the weight. It's important for us to help you achieve your goal, but it's also important to make sure that you acknowledge the progress you've made.
What's a good ideal weight?
Sometimes the goal we set for ourselves are unrealistic or plain unhealthy. Having a tummy-tuck and regaining the weight will have adverse effects. Extreme diets will leave your body in poor shape and unsuitable for surgery. Finally, sometimes more weight loss will not help you achieve your goal. Only surgery can address excess skin. Surgery will also tighten your abdominal wall and reduce your girth.