How long should you wait to have a tummy tuck after bariatric surgery?

Significant weight loss after bariatric surgery can leave you with unsightly loose skin around your abdomen.

A tummy tuck can help to improve the contour of the abdomen area and solve the loose skin problem, but you need to ensure you are fully recovered from the original bariatric surgery.

With this in mind, you should think of your transformation as a journey where you take a step forward, recover, and then take another step forward.

Doing it this way means you give your body a chance to heal, and your lifestyle and mental attitude to adjust to the new, emerging you. Eventually, you will reach your goal and the patience will pay off.

Bariatric surgery is, of course, a major procedure. In the months following surgery, your body shape will change as you lose weight as a result of the procedure.

Before thinking about a tummy tuck, it’s best to allow your body to reach your goal weight and then to stabilise for a time. This will allow your new shape to emerge, and from there you’ll be well-placed to decide whether you wish to explore having a tummy tuck.

If you do, because your body will have settled into its new shape, you’ll be able to decide the extent of the change you wish to make in the next stage of your transformation.

At your initial consultation, one of our surgeons will be able to assess your new body shape and understand the results you’d like to achieve. They will be able to advise if it’s possible to achieve your goal so you can decide if a tummy tuck is right for you. If it is, we will plan the right approach to your treatment to ensure you’re delighted with your results.

Expect the process from bariatric surgery to tummy tuck to take several months, possibly even a year or more. There is no set timeframe as this will depend upon how much weight you lose and your response to the bariatric surgery.

Before going ahead with a tummy tuck, we will want to ensure you are fully recovered from your bariatric surgery, and physically ready to move on to the next step.

If you’ve had bariatric surgery and want to explore a tummy tuck treatment, please get in touch for an initial consultation.

If you would like to learn more about this procedure or are interested in a consultation, fill out the form below or call us on 0161 523 8261