We often recommend that patients achieve a healthy weight, hopefully at or near the ideal weight for your body, before getting a tummy tuck. Being at this weight allows us to design a procedure that will help you get the best possible results for you because we can best gauge how much skin to remove to achieve a natural, svelte figure.

However, it may be difficult for some people to reach their ideal weight. If you are having trouble getting rid of your final pounds, you may consider resorting to a special diet, gimmick, or trick to lose those last few pounds before coming in for your procedure. However, this is not recommended. Fad diets and so-called miracle weight loss programs can sometimes produce dramatic weight loss in a short period of time, but they have two problems. First, they often result in yo-yo weight loss, where you tend to regain the pounds you lost. This is not real weight loss and has the potential to derail your results.

The second problem with these types of programs is that they don’t achieve the other reason why we recommend getting to a healthy weight before your tummy tuck, namely the healthy part. Adjusting your lifestyle so that you get a good amount of exercise and enjoy a balanced diet with reasonable portions helps your body get in shape for surgery, both inside and out. There are many invisible benefits from a healthy lifestyle, and these will help reduce your risk of surgical complications and ensure that your results are long-lasting.

If you are considering a tummy tuck and have questions about how you can best get ready for the procedure, please call or email the Cosmetic Surgery Center in Dallas, Texas today.