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Should You Get A Tummy Tuck After Weight Loss Surgery?

Updated on September 12, 2009

You had the weight loss surgery and dropped to your goal weight. Should you think about getting that excess skin removed? The answer is a most definite yes if you can demonstrate to yourself that you can truly keep the weight off. When getting to my target weight looking in the mirror at the extra hanging skin from where my morbidly obese stomach used to I knew that wearing a speedo to the beach was not in the cards.

Liposuction and skin restructuring surgery is not covered by health insurance and cost $10,000 to $25,000.00 per procedure - Usually someone who once weighed in at 500 pounds and is a svelte but wrinkly 155 pounds is going to have undergo at least a half a dozen surgical procedures. So at least sixty-thousand-dollars and up to one-hundred-and-fifty-dollars on the high side. (can you afford it?)

Do You Need A Tummy Tuck After Weight Loss Surgery?

loose skin after gastric bypass surgery - A tummy tuck is in order.
loose skin after gastric bypass surgery - A tummy tuck is in order.

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After your weight is stabilized and you have been working out and trying to tone your body for at least a couple of years and cannot get that extra flabby skin to come off is when you should consider liposuction and a tummy tuck.

Getting to the point in which you have the least amount of extra skin from physical activity has a two fold purpose - One you can show yourself you are committed to becoming and staying at your goal weight and are willing to go to any length to look your best. After months of the excess skin not shrinking is when you should start consulting with plastic surgeons. I would consult with at least three tummy tuck specialist before making a decision.

My wife's experience with this was very successful but we had to come up with fees for everything up front before the doctor would proceed. A second mortgage was the answer in our case - in which we really didn't want to do, but the alternative lenders for cosmetic surgery had much higher interest rates and excessive administrative fees.

Even after the cosmetic surgery you will still have scars from the surgery.  You will never be able to get rid of all the blemishes from our morbidly obese past life.


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      Joanna McKenna 6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      The other advantage to having the excess skin removed, besides the cosmetic value, is that 5-10 more lbs will be shed instantly.

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      Lauren 7 years ago

      This is a really good look at how a tummy tuck can help a person get their shape back after loosing a large amount of information.

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      stars439 8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      great article. much to think about. god bless