Abdominoplasty techniques are useful in the management of abdominal wall laxity, and redundancy of skin and fat along the lower abdomen.
There are several things to consider in planning an abdominoplasty.
- Anesthesia Risk
- Surgical Risk
- Postoperative Complication Risk
Always choose a well qualified, board certified plastic surgeon to perform your abdominoplasty operation. Second, never cut corners on anesthesia, surgery center, or surgical care. Choosing the best plastic surgeon available is always a wise choice. Methodical pre and postoperative review are also mandatory.
In diabetics, the important question is how well controlled their blood glucose levels are. If you are a non insulin dependent diabetic with good glucose control and normal Hemoglobin A1C levels, you are less of a risk in terms of anesthesia and surgery.
In terms of surgical risk, diabetics heal slower than non-diabetics. This should be clearly defined by your surgeon prior to surgery so that steps can be taken to maximize healing postoperatively.
In my Santa Monica practice, I perform abdominoplasty procedures on diabetics and have had a very low complication profile on this patient population. The key to success is meticulous surgical technique and a thorough preoperative optimization of the patients medical condition.