Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck, is one of the most popular forms of plastic surgery. It’s a great choice for people who have lost weight but simply haven’t been successful at eliminating excess stubborn fat and skin. If you’ve lost a lot of weight or haven’t been able to shed excess skin after giving birth, a tummy tuck can be a transformative option. However, it’s important to know whether a tummy tuck is the right option for you. After all, a tummy tuck is not a weight-loss procedure. Here’s what to know about tummy tucks and whether you can benefit.

Can Overweight Patients Get a Tummy Tuck?

Although it’s true that you should be at or near your ideal weight prior to your surgery, it’s better to explain why this is important and what must be done in order to be eligible for tummy tuck surgery. Generally, if your BMI is higher than 30, you should lose more weight before seeking a tummy tuck. That’s because obesity puts you at greater risk for complications. If you’re overweight but in good health, you may qualify for a tummy tuck.

Who’s a Good Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Overall, most people who seek out tummy tuck surgery are at least somewhat overweight. However, it’s important to meet certain criteria to ensure that the procedure goes smoothly and that you get good results. The important criteria include the following:

• You’ve reached your goal weight or are at least within 20 to 30 pounds of it
• You’re healthy and don’t have any medical conditions that can increase your risk of complications
• You live a healthy, active lifestyle
• You don’t plan on getting pregnant in the future

You should also have a realistic outlook for your tummy tuck surgery, especially when you’re above your ideal weight. You shouldn’t expect a tummy tuck to instantly transform your body into an idealized figure. For example, if you’re a size 20, don’t expect to be a size 6 after your surgery. Although a tummy tuck can flatten your stomach and tighten your abdominal muscles, it won’t do anything about your breasts, thighs, love handles, or buttocks. If you’re a postpartum woman having difficulty returning to your previous body, a mommy makeover can more effectively address different areas along with the tummy tuck.

What are the Risks of Obese People Having Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Having too high a BMI can affect your tummy tuck surgery results. It can also put you at higher risks of complications during the procedure. There are two key reasons why having a lower BMI is safer. When you’re in good health, it aids your recovery. If your BMI is higher, your immune system is weaker, which leads to slower recovery and a poorer prognosis. You’re also at a greater risk of infection, pain, swelling and bruising after surgery if you’re obese.

Schedule a Consultation

The tummy tuck is an excellent way to transform your body and achieve your body goals. If you’re in the Tampa, Brandon, or Lakeview area and are interested in learning more, contact Brandon Plastic Surgery to schedule an initial consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Marvin Shienbaum.