Good candidates for Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) surgery or body lift surgery after bariatric surgery are those who are at a stable weight and healthy BMI. Other patient criteria are also factored in as to what makes a good candidate for a successful Tummy Tuck or Body Contouring/Liposuction procedure – including Body Lift for skin reduction surgeries after weight loss procedures.
While every patient is different, there are particular criteria required to enable a good surgery result from a Tummy Tuck, Liposuction or Body Lift.
Patient Criteria in terms of Weight or BMI before attempting a Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty for best results:
- Be at a stable weight for at least 6 months and ideally 12 months or longer
- Be at an ideal or goal weight with a BMI below 30 and ideally below 24/25
- Regularly engage in exercise and strength training so that you’re healthy and strong
- Lead a healthy lifestyle that involves good nutrition and regular meals
- Limit or abstain from substance use (alcohol)
- Not engage in drug use such as smoking
- Nicotine IS a serious drug and greatly impedes your health and skin healing
- Smoking before or after surgery is a definite NO NO and greatly increases your surgery risks from any form of Plastic Surgery
- Prepare for surgery with recommendations of supplements or skin treatments (ranging from Probiotics if recommended, to Healite II or skin-needling for increasing skin circulation)
- Have realistic expectations about what a Tummy Tuck can do – don’t resort to an Abdominoplasty as a weight loss measure; but as a belly-area skin reduction and body and waistline contouring operation.
Too heavy to have a Tummy Tuck or Liposuction?
Candidate Criteria that helps you get a better result
- If you’re skin is very loose, you are not likely to be a good candidate for liposuction surgery on its own.
- Instead, you are likely to require a Tummy Tuck or alternative skin reduction procedure such as a Body Lift with additional contouring.
- If you’re BMI is AT or ABOVE 30, you are NOT likely to be a good candidate for Abdominoplasty procedures or Body Lifts and Liposuction.
- If you’re weight is not yet stable, and you gain and lose weight of over 4 kilos or more at least once a year, you are unlikely to be pleased with your surgery results.
Need help losing weight before a Tummy Tuck or Liposuction?
7 Tips on How to Lose Weight Before Your Surgery Procedure
Following are some tips to help reduce your appetite significantly, lose weight quickly without hunger, and enhance your overall health at the same time.
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Tip 1: Don’t go extreme in your eating plans – instead, take it slowly and consistently and plan ahead.
- There are many ways that are advertised online to lose weight rather quickly.
- However, most of these strategies will deprive you of certain food groups and may be too extreme to leave you healthy.
- These rapid loss programs are also often NOT sustainable, meaning you may not learn healthy, moderate and balanced eating to sustain an ideal weight or goal weight.
- Extreme changes to eating plans AND restricting food groups is NOT recommended, as it can leave you feeling constantly hungry and irritable.
- If you don’t have strong intentions to stay on track, this then leads many people to give up easily.
- Instead of extreme changes or nutritional restrictions that will leave you unhealthy or ill prepared for sustaining a stable weight over the longer term, here are some great tips for losing weight in a healthier way before your procedure.
Tip 2: Minimise Your Sugar Intake
- Sugar and other sweet foods contain glucose and fructose.
- Glucose is absolutely vital to life, and every cell in your body uses glucose as a source of energy/nutrition.
- Fructose, however, is very different. Your body does NOT produce this on its own.
- In fact, very few cells in the body can make use of fructose except liver cells.
- When your diet is high in sugar, most of the fructose gets metabolised by your liver and is often then converted into fat, secreted into the bloodstream. 
- There’s also some suggestion in the literature about insulin resistance.
Tip 3: Don’t Skip your Meals and don’t go longer than 4 hours without a snack (except when sleeping)
- This idea for losing weight – skipping meals – is a big NO NO .
- It ends up telling your cells that your body is starving and in danger.
- To compensate, your body then conserves energy by slowing down your metabolism processes AND increasing your insulin response.
- As a result, your blood sugar may drop, rise or become quite variable, leaving you feeling hungry or irritable or lacking in concentration or stamina, and you’ll be tempted to eat TOO MUCH when you FINALLY do sit down at a meal.
- Solution: Don’t skip, and always eat a healthy breakfast. Also, small healthy snacks every 4 hours can help boost your overall metabolism, as can lots of water.
Tip 4: Keep portions smaller and use smaller plates – avoid Eating Heavy Meals at Dinner Time
- According to research, your body digests food more slowly at night. (2)
- There is varying evidence about this, but overall, it is usually a good idea NOT to try to sleep when you’re very full and still digesting.
- If you eat a lot during diner, your body will likely store more fat and you’ll get less quality sleep.
- Less quality sleep is linked with weight gain, irritability and emotional eating.
Tip 5: Avoid Salty Foods
- Eating salty foods cause sodium and water retention that puffs you up and typically increases blood pressure.
- When you feel puffy, or high in blood pressure, you may be tempted to eat more.
- Not to mention salty foods are also often those that are fried or otherwise unhealthily prepared to begin with; the better it tastes, the more you’ll have – even when you’re full.
- So learn to have your food salt-free or with minimal salt and you’ll be healthier – and lighter – for it because you’ll be less likely to keep eating after you start to feel full.
Tip 6: Strength Training Workouts can build muscle to keep your body strong – and your metabolism high
- Strength training to build muscle helps you have a higher, healthier Muscle-To-Fat ratio.
- Do strength training under supervision or with Doctor’s approval – 3 x a week with a rest day between sessions for the body to recover.
- Combine these workouts with regular cardiovascular activity as your doctor or exercise physiologist recommends.
- Beware of sudden bursts of exercise or of improper forms, as if you become injured during your attempts to get in shape, you’ll end up in WORSE shape as you can’t exercise well with torn tendons or sore knees, backs and shoulders.
Whatever you do, brisk walking for at least 30 to 45 minutes at least 4 to 5 days a week can also help you shed pounds.
Tip 7: Drink lots of water, and eat Soups, other water-rich foods and fibre rich foods
- Researchers at Pennsylvania State University reported that eating water-rich foods such as tomatoes, water melon, apricots, cucumbers, banana, cherries, strawberries, apples and pears reduces your overall calorie consumption if you eat them during meals.
- Studies also suggest that eating more SOUP can help you lose weight.
- Drinking water is mandatory for weight loss.
Fibre-rich foods such as avocados, pears, berries, coconuts, figs, artichokes, peas, okra, squash and even eggplant may help slow the movement of food through your stomach and small bowel, resulting in a prolonged feeling of fullness and less hunger cravings. (4)
So the way to lose weight to reach an ideal BMI or goal weight before a Body Lift procedure, before Liposuction or before Abdominoplasty Surgery (Tummy Tuck) is:
- plan ahead
- take your time
- learn a lifestyle habits not a rapid-change or restrictive type of eating plan
- engage in strength training to increase your metabolism AND your strength (muscle to fat ratio)
- reduce your Body Mass Index (BMI) slowly over time
Phone (03) 8849 1444 today to request a confidential, no-obligation Body Contouring Surgical Consultation with body shaping expert Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Geoffrey Barnett.
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Disclaimer: Results can vary from patient to patient and will change over time and with life events, such as ageing, pregnancy, or weight changes. All invasive surgery also carries risks. Find out more by attending a consultation or meet Dr Barnett at one of our monthly patient events. Just send an enquiry form online or call us on (03) 8849 1444.
How do you know what your Body Mass Index is?
Best High Tech BMI Scales for measuring body composition and weight/height proportions
- During a consultation, and before and after Surgery, you will likely need to be weighed or checked for your BMI.
- Your medical records are kept confidentially.
- This helps us help you to have a more satisfactory surgery result, by monitoring what’s happening to your body mass index before and after surgery.
Not ready for a consult yet, but curious about your BMI? Or planning surgery and wondering what your CURRENT BMI or weight is?
If you’re not sure what your body mass index/BMI is – ask for a free visit on our Clinic’s VERY HIGH TECH scale that measures your weight and BMI. Phone (03) 8849 1444 today to ask when you can visit our Hawthorn East clinic and have a private session with the BMI scale (it’ll give you a print out that is highly confidential). And read our FREE surgery guides about Tummy Tuck procedures.
Remember, getting to a healthy weight and ideal BMI before surgery – one you can sustain AFTER surgery to prolong your satisfaction with your results – requires multiple approaches.
These include lifestyle and dietary modifications, strong intention to change your lifestyle and body shape, and proper consultations with either a Dietician or Physician to help you achieve your desired goals.
Call us now or fill in the inquiry form below to get a detailed consultation about Surgery options for body contouring and skin reduction – or phone (03) 8849 1444 and ask about some Melbourne area Weight Loss Doctors or Nutritional advisers who may be able to assist you.
References for articles on IDEAL WEIGHT for a TUMMY TUCK or LIPOSUCTION:
- Christopher James Clark; Jean-Luc Morel (1 February 2014). Nutritional Grail: Ancestral Wisdom, Breakthrough Science, and the Dawning Nutritional Renaissance. Extropy Publishing. pp. 102–. ISBN 978-0-9912595-0-2.
- 100 Ways to Supercharge Your Metabolism. Fair Winds Press. 2009. pp. 164–. ISBN 978-1-61673-462-6.
- Omeed Gul (February 2010). The Ultimate Guide to Weight Loss: Simple Slimming and Exercises. Lulu.com. pp. 7–. ISBN 978-0-557-28945-5.
- Howarth NC, Saltzman E, Roberts SB. Dietary fiber and weight regulation. Nutr Rev. 2001;59(5):129-39.