Is 210 too heavy to get a full tummy tuck and lipo? (Photo)
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Is 210 too heavy to get a full tummy tuck and lipo?
Too heavy for a Tummy Tuck?
Being overweight increases your chances of getting a poor result and increases your chances of complications. It makes the surgery longer. In particular, it increases your chances of getting a blood clot that can be fatal.
Your board certified plastic surgeon will be able to review your health and goals to make a more informed decision.
Is 210 pounds too heavy to have a full tummy tuck and lipo?
- Yes, 210 pounds is too heavy for this procedure. It would be not be safe and you would have increased risk of pulmonary embolism, wound dehiscence, and infection. I do not believe that plastic surgery at this stage would meet your goals. I would strongly advise to enroll in a weight loss program and lose approximately 50 pounds before you proceed with cosmetic surgery.
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I normally do not operate if the patient has a high BMI as the complication rates can be substantial.
The procedure you desire is complex and lengthy if substantial healing issues. Optimizing yourself for this operation is a key.
I hope this helps you in making an informed decision about pursuing surgery at this juncture.
Tummy tuck and lipo and weight concerns?
In my practice, I do not ask specific patients to achieve a specific weight prior to proceeding with tummy tuck surgery. I simply ask patients to achieve a long-term stable weight where he/she feels comfortable and does not expect significant fluctuation postoperatively. As you know, recruiting other professionals such as personal trainers, nutritionists, physicians who specialize in weight loss concerns etc. may be helpful to you.
Having said the above, occasional patients do benefit from panniculectomy surgery as a “jumpstart” to achieving their final goals. You may find the attached link, dedicated to patients who have experienced significant weight loss, helpful to you as you consider your options. Best wishes.
Tummy Tuck - Weight loss first?
It is too heavy
Morbid Obesity and Tummy Tuck or Liposuction?
- How flat do you want to be?
- How attractive do you want to look?
- How much risk (blood clots, infection, wound separation, ugly scarring) are you willing to accept?
It has been proven repeatedly that we obtain our best results when we operate on people who are at their ideal weight or BMI of UNDER 30. I prefer 27 and lower. In your case, it may mean dropping your weight into the 160's since we cannot surgically remove 40 pounds or so of flesh and fat.
The long term complication of obesity (arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, strokes etc) are very disabling. You may do a lot better with weight loss surgery which could save your life and stabilize your weight at a healthy level which would allow MUCH bertter cosmetic results.
Peter Aldea MD
Weight loss and body contouring surgery.
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