American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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4 years ago

Tummy Tuck With Hypothyroidism

I gained 35 lbs. in a very short amount of time due to hypothyroidism. If I get a tummy tuck will that weight just come back?

Procedure: Tummy Tuck
Location: Ripon, CA

Replies 9

Aaron Stone
ASPS Surgeon

The tummy tuck should not be approached as weight loss surgery. It is a contouring surgery that gets rid of excess abdominal skin and can tighten the abdominal muscles. If you have myxedema from low thyroid levels you can not undergo any elective surgery until that condition is resolved. Weight is a matter of calories in, calories burned and genetics. If the balance is tipped you gain weight independent of this surgery. Tummy tuck patients who watch their diet and remain active can maintain their appearance for many years after surgery.

Karol Gutowski
ASPS Surgeon

You should first have your thyroid function controlled and stable. A tummy tuck will not reduce that much weight so you would have to do it on your own. However, a tummy tuck can help reshape your midsection and reduce loose skin. An in person evaluation is the best way to start.

Jon Harrell
ASPS Surgeon

Assuming that your thyroid issues have been resolved and that your weight is now stable you may be a candidate for a tummy tuck. Loose skin and laxity of the abdominal muscles are the main problems corrected by this procedure. You will of course lose a little weight from the procedure but post-operative weight gain will be a function of your lifestyle, such as diet and exercise. Best of Luck Dr Harrell

Edward Domanskis

Having any type of surgery should not affect your having hypothyroid. A TT would remove tissue as well as fat but if you gained weight you would still gain it there.

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Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your excellent question. In your case the best treatment is to have your thyroid issues medically addressed to lose the weight naturally as a tummy tuck is not weight loss surgery and your results would be negatively impacted.

Tania Medina
ASPS Int. Surgeon

Hello dear and thank you for your question. A tummy tuck it's not a weight loss procedure, it's a procedure to remove the excess of abdominal skin, repair the muscle, and re-shape your abdomen. Remember that in order to be a candidate for any plastic procedure, any medical issues most be control and clear by an specialist. In this case would be an endocrinologist. After that i recommend you to have a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon, patients that take care of themselves after a tummy tuck, with diet and exercise, are able to preserve the results, for many years.

Victor Samano
ASPS Int. Surgeon

Good morning, your question is very common. Is important that you understand that a Tumy Tuck surgery is not a weight lost surgery. A tummu tuck is a procedure that is usually done after any weight lost previous treatment.

If you have a Thyriod problem, the best is to get stable first and then start thinking on having a tummy tuck.

The posibility if the weight to come back is always there if you do not have the proper care to maintain your result, it no matter if you have or not a thyrod problem.

I hope this explanation helps you.

Paul Parker
ASPS Surgeon
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Prior to having a tummy tuck, you should get your thryoid controlled by your medical doctor and/ or endocrinologist, then weight reduced. A tummy tuck is not a form or weight loss surgery but instead is a form or body contouring to help improve the shape of you body.

Adolfo Sesto
ASPS Int. Surgeon

Hello. The first thing you need to address is your hypothyroidism condition. Is not wise to undergo a Tummy Tuck when your weight is not stable.


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