The Shelf Life of Plastic Surgery
Why your first procedure might not be your last: The plastic surgeries that might require a "tune-up"
How much is a lot? Anything more than about 20 percent of your weight.
That goes for pregnancy, too. Have a baby after abdominoplasty, and chances are good that you'll lose your teeny tiny middle. While that might sound a little obvious, Geldner says a pregnancy isn't always a deal-breaker. "I've had pregnant patients come back [after having their baby] and they still look good." Still, doctors recommend waiting until your family is complete before getting the procedure.
Usually, it's not possible to perform a second tummy tuck, since there isn't enough loose skin. But if the patient loses a significant amount of weight (we're talking "Biggest Loser" proportions), a second tummy tuck can tighten things up again.
In short: Once you splurge on your $12,000 (give or take) tummy tuck, you should be careful with your weight. If the scale ticks up more than 20 pounds, it could cost you another $12,000 to get your flat tummy back.
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