My BMI is 36. Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
Thank you for your question and doing your homework on ASAPS! In general, most surgeons prefer a BMI that is closer to 30. BMI is one component of the decision making process that also takes into account your overall health, distribution of excess skin and fat, as well as stability of weight. Conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure need to be well controlled and being actively treated by a primary care physician. It is always best to have an in-person consultation with a board-certified ASAPS member surgeon who can work with you to develop a surgical plan that takes into account your health, goals, budget, and timeline. Safety always comes first, so be a team player and work with your primary care provider and plastic surgeon to optimize your health prior to undergoing a signficant body contouring procedure. Best wishes on a great result and speedy recovery.
Thank you for asking. BMI alone is hard to make a pure decision on candidacy for an abdominoplasty. Body shape, overall health and goals are also important factors. Having a stable weight is important too. See a local board certified plastic surgeon who can assess and guide you. Best wishes!
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David C. Yao, M.D.
5010 E. Shea Blvd, Suite 175, Scottsdale, AZ, 85254, US
Typically, BMI should be closer to 30 to allow you to have a safer surgery. Complications go up dramatically with higher BMIs (above 30). In addition, there is often a limit to how much fat can be removed during the procedure and this results in a less than optimal outcome. As patients decreased their amount of fat with weight loss, there is typically less intraabdominal fat. This is fat that surrounds your organs (stomach, colon, etc.) and is not accessible to the surgeon. Losing that fat in particular decreases the circumference of your abdomen and leads to a much better outcome.