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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Who is an ideal candidate for liposuction or tummy tuck?

    I'm about 25kgs from my ideal weight and I wanted to get rid of excess skin.
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    Dr John Mahony

    Cosmetic Physician

    Dr John Mahony studied Medicine at Sydney University 1980-1984 graduating early 1985. Internship and residency years followed in the Illawarra, covering general medical and surgical … View Profile

    There was a time when the only way you could get a loan from a bank was by first proving you didn't need it!

    Similarly, few patients come along as “ideal” candidates for any particular treatment, and  it is an important role of an expert in this field to determine the degree and kind of  “non-ideal”  one can accept in a patient whilst still achieving a great result.

    So, in a nutshell, being 25kg over your ideal weight means *not* being an *ideal* candidate for either liposuction or abdominoplasty.

    In which case - where to from here?

    Ideally: lose weight. No doubt that is easier said than done.

    But once you can say to your surgeon that you have been eating as healthily as you can reasonably maintain, and exercising as much as you can reasonably sustain, for say six months or more, and your weight has come to a plateau that is as good as you are likely to achieve realistically, then it's worth considering surgery of one sort or the other. If your treatment goal is modest and well achievable, if you understand the limitations of the procedure being contemplated, and if you are otherwise well and there are no contraindications, then a satisfactory outcome to surgery becomes likely.

    That said, 25kg is a lot of extra mass. Depending on your height (and therefore BMI), you might be a better candidate for bariatric surgery first. Then, once your weight is substantially lower, you might later consider abdominoplasty.

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