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Is weight loss recommended before getting liposuction, tummy tuck or a body lift?

Q:

I am 21 years old, 5 feet 5 inches tall, weigh 295 pounds, and have size 46 DD breasts.  I have given birth to two children.  Is it recommended that I lose a certain amount of weight before getting liposuction and other plastic surgery procedures?

A:

Being at a healthy weight is essential before having elective cosmetic surgery. Surgery is safer when performed on a person of a healthy weight and results are far better when a person is near their goal weight.

M.M. Law, MD

A:

Yes, you are correct. Patients that are the appropriate height and weight or what is referred to as the Body Mass Index tend to have better long term results with less peri-operative complications. A BMI below 30 is often considered good when considering most body contouring procedures.

Best,

Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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