One of the most popular plastic surgery procedures we offer is the tummy tuck. A tummy tuck is a great way to get rid of excess skin and fat in order to create a flatter stomach and more attractive figure. It is also often very attractive to plus sized men and women.
If you are overweight but not obese, a tummy tuck may still be a good option for you. You’ll get the best results if you are already within striking distance of your goal weight, but even if you still have a ways to go, discuss your options with Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. David Bottger. In some cases, a tummy tuck provides a much-needed jump-start to dive into healthy living.
If you are interested in a plus size tummy tuck, call Dr. Bottger today at 610-355-1929 to schedule your initial consultation.
Can A Plus Sized Person Get A Tummy Tuck?
If you have a BMI of over 30, it will very likely be in your best interest to lose some weight before embarking on a tummy tuck. Obese patients may have health concerns that make having elective surgery a bad choice. However, if you are overweight but generally healthy, then a tummy tuck may be beneficial for you.
The truth is that most patients seeking a tummy tuck are overweight to some extent. You’ll probably get the best results from a plus size tummy tuck if you:
- Are already pretty close to your goal weight – within 20 to 30 pounds
- Are healthy, with no medical conditions that could raise your risk of complications
- Are committed to living a healthy and active lifestyle
- Do not plan on getting pregnant again
If you have a lot of weight to lose before you hit your goal, you may want to consider waiting on your tummy tuck. This is because losing a lot of weight can cause excess skin issues, so you may need a revision tummy tuck if you have it too soon.
Something else to consider is your lifestyle. If you can’t maintain your weight and live a healthy lifestyle, you’ll probably regain fat in your stomach area. In addition, while it’s safe to have children after a tummy tuck, pregnancy will ruin your results and you’ll probably need to have revision surgery afterwards. It’s almost always best to wait to have a tummy tuck until after you’re finished having children.
Considerations When Having A Plus Size Tummy Tuck
It’s very important to have realistic expectations from your surgery when considering a plus size tummy tuck. A tummy tuck is not a magic wand that will transform your body into your celebrity of choice. It will help to flatten your stomach and tighten your abdominal muscles, but it will not address your breasts, love handles, buttocks, or thighs. If you are a size 20, you should not expect to become a size 2 after your surgery.
That being said, most plus sized candidates absolutely love their results. While you cannot realistically expect to become super thin after surgery, you can definitely expect a big change in your body proportions and to drop a number of clothing sizes. Most of our patients find that clothes fit and look better, and they are much less self conscious in bathing suits or lingerie. Plus, although a tummy tuck is not a weight loss device, it can make you look like you lost weight and provide a boost to your self esteem.
Schedule Your Plus Size Tummy Tuck Consultation
If you are interested in a tummy tuck with an experienced and knowledgeable board-certified plastic surgeon, call Dr. David Bottger today at 610-355-1929 to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in greater Philadelphia, including Bryn Mawr and Newtown Square.