When's The Best Time To Have A Tummy Tuck?

Posted by Dr. Patrick Proffer on August 22, 2017

middle-aged-woman-sports-bra-phoneWhen you’ve made the decision to have a tummy tuck, it’s difficult to wait for the ideal time. After all, you’ve likely struggled with this choice for a while and are excited to move forward.

But waiting until your body is ready and you have ample time to recover is crucial to the success of the procedure. 

And just like with any procedure, you want to ensure you'll be looking and feeling your best by the time you go back to the office.

When’s The Best Season For A Tummy Tuck?

Believe it or not, there is a more ideal time to have a tummy tuck. Because this procedure is a surgery, there will be a recovery period. You'll need a week or two to take it easy. It’s important to allow your body adequate time to heal after any surgical procedure.

Many abdominoplasty patients are eager to look great in their swimsuits in time for summer. For this reason, it’s best to have your tummy tuck in the fall or winter to allow your body time to bounce back.

After surgery, you’ll also be expected to wear bulky bandaging. The layers you wear in the fall and winter are perfect for masking the bulge these create.

READ: When's The Best Time To Get A Mommy Makeover?

Other Factors To Consider

Weight Stability

You should take into account your weight before undergoing a tummy tuck. If you have significant weight to lose, you’ll want to accomplish that before surgery. This is because, even though the results of abdominoplasty are permanent, any major changes — like significant weight gain or loss — can alter the optimal result of your procedure.

If you want to get a tummy tuck, you should get into a regular exercise program and maintain it for several months until you have reached your ideal weight. This will ensure your results are ideal.

Preparing For A Family

Pregnancy and childbirth take a tremendous toll on your body and will most likely reverse the results of a tummy tuck. So before investing the time and money into this procedure, be sure you’re at a point in your life when you can maintain your weight and avoid major changes to your body.

It’s important to realize that abdominoplasty is not a weight loss procedure; rather, it’s done to contour and tighten the abdominal area. At Proffer Surgical Associates, we speak with you on a personal level to determine whether a tummy tuck is the right move for you at the time. If not, we recommend other solutions to address your concerns and work with you to reach your goals.


Because tummy tucks do require stitches, you will likely have scarring after your procedure. The extent of scarring varies depending on a number of factors, including the extent of the procedure and aftercare.

Worried about tummy tuck scars? Watch my Q&A video to see what you should expect and how to minimize scarring as much as possible.


*This post has been updated and republished for the sake of freshness and accuracy.

Topics: Body Contouring