A common plastic surgery performed by the doctors at the Plastic Surgery Center of Hampton Roads is that of the tummy tuck. Also known as an abdominoplasty, the tummy tuck procedure removes both fat and skin from the abdominal area. This is an area where many adult men and women tend to accumulate unwanted fat. While a tummy tuck procedure is best performed on a patient that is within their ideal weight range, it does not eliminate patients who may weigh more. Read on to find out the requirements for the abdominoplasty procedure.

Am I too fat for a tummy tuck?

In a perfect world, everyone desiring a tummy tuck would be a perfect candidate within their ideal weight range. However, there are times when patient with a higher weight or BMI may still be consider a good candidate for the tummy tuck procedure. For some, removal of unwanted fat can help in boosting moral and helping patients move forward with their weight loss journey, while others may have a higher weight due to muscle mass. There is no “one size fits all” requirement for tummy tuck procedures, so undergoing an initial evaluation with the doctor is the first step patients should take. If patients are not considered candidates, our doctors will educate them on ways to get there and enjoy this life-changing surgery!

What risks am I subjected to if I am too heavy for the tummy tuck procedure?

  • Good health and proper body weight contributes to a better healing and recovery process
  • Excess body weight carries risks for safety, including increased risk of pain and infection
  • High inflammation can cause patients more pain, bruising, and swelling
  • Those with a healthy BMI are more likely to maintain their results over the course of time due to an active lifestyle and proper nutrition

Find out more about the tummy tuck procedure

If you are interested in learning more about this procedure and whether you are an appropriate candidate, we welcome you to book a consultation at the Plastic Surgery Center of Hampton Roads to discuss your needs with one of our experienced doctors. We have several office locations throughout Virginia and can be reached for an appointment by calling (757) 873-3500.

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