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Two women working out together on the boardwalk.Abdominoplasty, also called a tummy tuck, is a body contouring procedure that removes excess skin in your abdominal area and can also repair separated muscle tissue.

This and other body contouring procedures like liposuction are not weight loss methods, though, so it’s important to come as close as you can to meeting your weight loss goals beforehand. Here’s what to know about your BMI before getting a tummy tuck.

What BMI Should You Be before Your Tummy Tuck?

Generally speaking, a BMI under 30 is considered to be safe to undergo a cosmetic procedure like a tummy tuck. Higher BMIs can equate to an increased risk of complications during and after surgery. Additionally, the closer you can come to your target weight before your tummy tuck, the better your results can be.

When a BMI Might Lie

BMI isn’t always the most accurate way to measure your health or candidacy for a tummy tuck. It’s measured by squaring your height and dividing your weight by that number. So someone with a short stature and a large muscle mass could potentially have a higher BMI than someone who is taller and significantly overweight.

The ratio of your height to waist circumference is now considered to be a more accurate measurement of your physical fitness and health.

If you’re unsure about whether or not you could be a good candidate for a tummy tuck or if you’d like to create a weight loss plan and tummy tuck timeline with the help of your plastic surgeon, it’s never too early to schedule your consultation.


Dr. Daniel G. Kolder

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

As a highly trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Kolder’s specialties include:
Tummy Tucks + Liposuction + Breast Augmentation + Breast Lifts + Breast Reduction + Facelifts + Armlifts + Upper & Lower Blepharoplasty, as well as a variety of non-surgical aesthetic procedures. Dr. Kolder is also known to have a warm, easy manner, compassionate care, with surgical results that are beautiful and natural.

See Below Dr. Kolder’s Procedure Videos.

Patient Testimonial

“I was so pleased I chose to go to Dr Kolder! Not only do I love his staff, they are so helpful, efficient and just plain fun to talk to, Dr. Kolder makes you feel at ease with his knowledge and disposition. My surgery results were amazing and my recovery was made easy knowing I could call any time and get immediate attention and information. I highly recommend Dr. Kolder and his entire staff…”