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How Much Weight Can You Lose With A Tummy Tuck?

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The tummy tuck procedure, also known as abdominoplasty, is often desired by those looking to lose weight around the tummy region.

However, how much weight is it possible to lose and is this the same for everyone or does it vary on a patient-by-patient basis?

Leading UK cosmetic surgeon Anca Breahna answers that very question in this post.

What A Tummy Tuck Is And Is Not

A tummy tuck is a procedure in which unwanted fat is removed from the abdominal region, this through the insertion of a small canula.

It therefore does lead to some weight loss – the weight of the fat removed.

However, it is not a weight loss procedure as such. A tummy tuck is not suitable for those looking to lose a large amount of weight, it is not a solution to obesity.


A tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure, it tackles fat in a specific region, one that is often stubborn. Many of us find that however hard we exercise, however good our diet, fat remains in some areas.

The tummy tuck is for an otherwise healthy person who has concerns about the appearance of their tummy. It might lead to a lack of self confidence, negative self image can harm our self esteem.

However, if someone is, for example, 30 or 40 kg overweight, the tummy tuck is not a suitable procedure to address this weight. 

But, How Much Fat Can Be Removed?

While we have given detail as to what a tummy tuck is, we haven’t actually answered the question posed.

The amount of fat that can be removed is typically between four and 10 pounds – up to 4.5kg. 

However, it may be better to think of it in terms of the shape of the tummy as it is hard to visualise what a few kilograms of fat actually looks like, how much flatter will this make the tummy?

The tummy tuck will lead to a flatter, firmer abdomen and this then helps to enhance the rest of the figure, for instance many women will find that their breasts seem that bit fuller simply because they are viewed in relation to the now flatter tummy.

The results possible would be discussed in consultation, this the first step with any cosmetic surgery.

The consultation is your opportunity to talk, and for the surgeon to listen. You outline your hopes for the procedure, and the surgeon can talk you through the results achievable and how you would look post surgery.

Many also find that the tummy tuck acts as a motivator to then get fitter still and maintain the new, improved figure.

With a sensible diet and exercise, the figure can be maintained and maybe even some weight loss achieved in other areas such as inner thigh. However, the process can be undone of course, failure to exercise and poor diet will ultimately lead to weight returning to the tummy region.

Different Forms of Tummy Tuck

There are actually several versions of the tummy tuck procedure and full details can be seen by viewing the fact sheet.

A mini abdominoplasty is the procedure that makes the smallest change while an extended abdominoplasty also targets skin and fat in the loins and the back.

However, the patient does not need to be an expert in the various forms, they would simply discuss their requirements with the surgeon who would then use their skill and experience to advise as to the best course of action.

The partial or mini tummy tuck would be for those who are within 10% of their ideal body weight, while an extended abdominoplasty is for people with significant amounts of excess skin and fat. It is often for those wishing to redefine their figure after substantial weight loss.

Recovery From Tummy Tuck

Whichever version of the tummy tuck is suitable, there will be a recovery period required.

The surgery itself requires a stay in hospital of one or two nights and recovery will then take at least a couple of weeks, time off work often recommended.

Driving can be resumed after two or three weeks and it is likely to be six weeks until sport or gym sessions can be resumed.

Surgical garments (an abdominal binder) will be required to be worn day and night for six weeks.

Next Steps

If you would like more information about a tummy tuck or are considering this form 

of surgery please contact us for an obligation-free consultation. 

Anca Breahna is a renowned female surgeon who has held prestigious Fellowships and

been consultant surgeon at world-leading institutions.

If you would like to arrange a consultation, please use our Contact Form.

Further Reading about Body Procedures with Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna


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About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon

top UK cosmetic surgeon anca breahnaMs Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Anca performs a range of breast, body and face surgery and minor skin procedures.

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in her region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has been largely undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK to further extend her qualifications and training.

Anca’s NHS practice is now focused on Breast Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery, Hand Surgery and soft tissue reconstruction. Over the last 15 years, through her pursuit of further training and education, Anca has developed a special interest and expert practical experience in a range of Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgery.

It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca will treat you in a straightforward manner, with respect, consideration and empathy to ensure you are comfortable with your choice.



Your Next Steps

Do your Research

  • Please read our website pages and blogs to learn more about your intended procedure.
  • All Surgery has risks and potential complications. Please read more about the risks of your surgery.

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • A Medical Referral from your Doctor before your consultation is not compulsory however  it is recommended.
  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Anca – Car parking is available on-site at all hospitals.
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options.
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly read all the documents provided.

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

Please call to find out more about availability, pricing and medical payment plans or to request more information about the procedure, contact us.

How to Book your Consultation with Anca Breahna – Plastic Surgeon

You can book your consultation with Anca by paying the £150 cosmetic consultation fee when you make your appointment. This fee covers further consultations about the same concern.

Contact Anca’s Team

Call Claire on 0800 080 6026 or Joedy on 03332 244111 to arrange your consultation or email us for more information.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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