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Tummy Tuck Help Type 2 Diabetes?

Why wouldn't a tummy tuck help my type 2 diabetes as I only weight 122 lbs and my tummy is the only place with fat on it as it was cut due to fibroids removed. Also, couldn't they use the stem cells out of that fat to help reverse my diabetes?


Actually when fibroids were taken out and a C-section given, isn't that reason for a tummy tuck? Wouldn't it be good to tighten up those muscles? From what I see, there are no cutting edge treatments for diabetes. The tummy tuck was my last hope. If I were heavy, I could lose weight or have a gastric bypass. I only weigh 122 so I can't. The insulin didn't work as it made me have a ravenous appetite and my sugar would go up to 300 - 400. Victoza shot makes it 250. I'm screwed.

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Tummy Tuck and Diabetes?


Thank you for the question.

The tummy tuck operation will serve to remove “excess” skin/subcutaneous tissues  and “repair” abdominal wall muscles that have spread with pregnancy and/or weight gain/loss. The operation will not help with treatment or control of diabetes.

Best wishes.

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Abdominoplasty is not a treatment for diabetes


See your endocrinologist in terms of cutting edge treatments for diabetes. However, abdominoplasty, which corrects contour deformities and sagging skin/muscle laxity in the abdomen, would not be indicated.  All patients with diabetes require medical clearance for cosmetic surgery.  Removal of fibroids does not result in fat in the abdomen. 

Robert L. Kraft, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck in Normal Weight Diabetic will not improve Diabetes


Your Type 2 Diabetes is genetic in origin as you are not overweight, so the tummy tuck, even though it will remove a little more fat will not help you. Fat cells are stem cells, but they are already in your body so  injecting them back will not help.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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good  news for you  are, i think in a few years you will get pancreas regeneration trough stem cell injections taken from your belly and this sureley  will end up your  diabetes  problem

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