Are tummy tucks safe to have?

At 185 in weight what type of tummy tuck would i need?

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Are Tummy Tucks Safe?

Tummy tuck surgery is performed often and usually with good results.  No surgery, however, is without risk and this is particularly important when we consider elective, cosmetic surgery.  Some of these risks are common to any surgery such as concerns about bleeding and infection.  Others are more unique to this type of surgery such as the possibility of necrosis (non-viable tissue) and blood clots.  Your health will be a significant determinant of your risk profile.  It is important that you have a comprehensive discussion with your board certified plastic surgeon about these issues.


Saint Louis Plastic Surgeon
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Safety of Tummy Tucks

Abdominoplasties are very safe procedures in the right patients. Ideal patients are those who are healthy and fairly close to their ideal weight. It would be hard to say based upon your weight alone what type of tummy tuck would be best for you. Your associated height would be a factor, but how your weight is distributed on your body would also affect surgical options. 

There are a myriad of different types of abdominoplasty techniques; I would recommend meeting with a boarded plastic surgeon who can perform a thorough exam and discuss the surgical options that may be helpful to get you the results you seek. 

Ashley B. Robey, MD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Safe tummy tucks

If known risk factors are avoided, tummy tucks can be done very safely. Things that increase risk are being overweight (BMI more than 30 - just Google "BMI calculator" to see what yours is), smoking, and long operating times.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Risks with tummy tuck

Abdominoplasty is a safe surgery given that it is performed by a qualified surgeon in a certified surgical center. You also have to take into consideration your own health. However, all surgeries have their risks and there can be complications. Making sure you have good communication with your surgeon and anesthesiologist can help minimize these risks.

Justin B. Maxhimer, MD
Boulder General Surgeon
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Tummy tuck & safety

Tummy tuck surgery is quite safe assuming that the patient is in good health with a BMI below 30. 
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Sheila S. Nazarian, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck/ Lipo

Tummy tuck, also know as abdominoplasty, is a procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen and to restore the weakened abdominal wall, giving a firmer and smoother appearance.

We nearly always add liposuction to our tummy tucks to sculpt the body 360 degrees to achieve an ideal feminine figure.
Tummy tuck is a very powerful technique in the right hands, and can have dramatic results if done correctly. You definitely have to choose your surgeon correctly and make sure that he/she has the training and experience to meet your goals with absolute safety. Don’t settle for less than a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with specialized expertise in this procedure.

Are tummy tucks safe?

There is no specific answer for either of your questions without seeing and examining you. Your weight alone does not tell us enough. TT is associated with complications that can be life threatening, so it is important to understand and mitigate the risks. Choosing the type of TT is a decision you make with your surgeon based on your individual presentation, desires, and risk tolerance. See only a ABPS board certified PS for this case. Do not trust anything less.

David Janssen, MD, FACS
Oshkosh Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck Safety

Thank you for your question regarding Tummy Tuck.  Basing the decision regarding safety on weight alone is not quite enough.  A thorough in-person physical examination by a board certified plastic surgeon will get you on the right track towards determining safety, suitability, and type of surgical procedure to move forward with. 

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Steven M. Camp, MD
Fort Worth Plastic Surgeon
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Are tummy tucks safe to have?

Keep in mind, that every operation has its potential risk/complications associated with it. However, assuming you are a good candidate for the procedure, have minimal "risk factors", and choose your plastic surgeon carefully you will most likely do well.

Generally, it is best to evaluate each patient's suitability for tummy tuck surgery on an individualized basis. During this consultation process, after a complete history and physical, the SAFETY of the planned procedure becomes of paramount importance. Plastic surgeon, anesthesia provider, duration of surgery, surgery facility all important considerations. Your best bet: choose your plastic surgeon very carefully; everything else including good judgment/advice/planning, anesthesia provider and safe surgery facility will follow. Best wishes.

Safety of Tummy Tucks

If you choose an experienced and expert surgeon, the tummy tuck surgery is safe and extremely gratifying surgery. The tummy tuck surgery has risen to be one of the five most common plastic surgery procedures in the United States. 

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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