Studies have been published in peer review journals where it is suggested that a tummy tuck can, in essence, have a long-term weight loss effect. In one research, about 20 women had tummy tucks where the amount of tissue removed was approximately 5 pounds. A year later, 14 of these women had sustained weight loss greater than the weight of the tissue removed. Patients with a BMI greater or equal to 25.5 maintained long term weight in a year. They essentially decreased their weight by approximately 5.5% of the original BMI. 25 BMI is what we consider overweight. So now the question is, can a cosmetic procedure help a patient lose weight? It is believed that an increase in satiety seems to be an important contributor to long-term weight loss. When asked about their eating habits, 75% of women say that they stay full longer throughout the day after undergoing a tummy tuck. Although the results of weight loss after tummy tuck is still a topic for debate, it appears that overweight patients have significantly lost weight after a tummy tuck. Some people believe that by reducing the amount of fat in the abdomen, the hormones affecting appetite are affected as well. However, these are just hypotheses and more studies need to be performed. My take on tummy tuck is that in essence it is not a weight loss program and people should not undergo it for the sole desire to lose weight. Tummy tuck is a body contouring procedure and requires thorough patient screening to determine eligibility. If weight loss occurs after a tummy tuck, it should be considered as more of a bonus. It should not be used as an excuse to undergo the procedure just to make weight loss easier for you.