The plus-size tummy tuck is a surgical procedure designed to address excess abdominal skin and tissue in patients who are heavier than their ideal weight. At Avante Plastic Surgery, Dr. Ahmadi specializes in providing comprehensive solutions for individuals who desire a more contoured and toned abdomen.
Excess abdominal skin and fat can be a common concern for those who have experienced significant weight loss, pregnancy, or simply struggle with stubborn belly fat. These factors can lead to loose skin, stretched muscles, and an overall dissatisfaction with the appearance of the abdomen. Fortunately, the plus-size tummy tuck offers a transformative solution. Dr. Ahmadi takes the time to thoroughly assess each patient’s goals and concerns during a personal consultation, discussing the various options available and recommending the most suitable approach for their specific case.
If you are considering a plus-size tummy tuck or any other cosmetic procedure, we invite you to contact Avante Plastic Surgery at (281) 265-2639 or use our simple inquiry form to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ahmadi at his Houston or Sugar Land office. Our practice is dedicated to helping individuals achieve their desired aesthetic outcomes, and we look forward to assisting you on your journey to a more confident and beautiful you.
- 1 About the Plus-Size Tummy Tuck
- 2 Who is a Plus-Size Tummy Tuck For?
- 3 Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
- 4 Personal Consultation
- 5 What to Expect from a Plus-Size Tummy Tuck
- 6 Cost of a Plus-Size Tummy Tuck in Houston
- 7 FAQ
- 8 References
About the Plus-Size Tummy Tuck
Regardless of your weight, having an abdominal “pooch” that will not shift is difficult to deal with. Moreover, the midsection is an area of the body that can be particularly challenging for individuals with larger body types. Excess fat and skin in this region can cause discomfort, self-consciousness, and difficulty finding clothing that fits properly. Fortunately, there are surgical solutions available specifically designed to address these concerns and help patients achieve a more defined waistline.
How is a Plus-Size Tummy Tuck Different?
There are subtle differences between a standard abdominoplasty and a plus-size abdominoplasty but the basic procedure is almost identical. The main consideration is the removal of more fat in the midsection. This may include more involved liposuction, such as the LipoTuck™ to remove the necessary amount of tissue to gain optimal aesthetic results.
- A tummy tuck with more liposuction (lipoabdominoplasty)
- Targets the hips, love handles, back, mons pubis, and axilla
- Tightens abdominal muscles
- Removes excess skin
One of the key considerations when performing a plus-size tummy tuck is the customization of the procedure to suit each patient’s specific anatomy and goals. Dr. Ahmadi takes the time to understand the individual’s concerns and desires during the initial consultation, ensuring a truly personalized approach.
Who is a Plus-Size Tummy Tuck For?
The plus-size tummy tuck is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures and is suitable for a wide range of patients, including the following. (1)
- Men and women who want to improve age-related abdominal contour issues.
- Women for whom one or multiple births have weakened abdominal muscles and caused loose skin in the abdomen.
- Bariatric patients, or those who have lost a massive amount of weight through other means with residual excess skin in the midsection.
It’s important to note that being a plus-size individual does not automatically disqualify someone from undergoing a tummy tuck. Dr. Ahmadi requires patients’ BMI to be 33 or less.
Candidates for a plus-size tummy tuck are individuals who may be above the upper limit for a standard tummy tuck and are seeking to address their excess abdominal fat and achieve a more toned and contoured midsection. This procedure is specifically adjusted for those with a larger waistline, as it targets the unique challenges and goals of plus-size patients.
You may not qualify for tummy tuck surgery if you have a serious health condition – weight-related or otherwise. Contraindications include cirrhosis, cardiopulmonary disease, and uncontrolled diabetes. (1)
Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
Also known as abdominal separation, diastasis recti is a common condition that occurs during pregnancy or as a result of significant weight gain. It is characterized by the separation of the abdominal muscles, specifically the rectus abdominis muscles, which creates an abdominal gap or “tummy gap.” (2) This condition can also occur in men and women who have experienced rapid weight loss.
The plus-size tummy tuck not only removes excess skin and fat but also provides an opportunity to tighten and strengthen the underlying abdominal muscles. This helps to create a stronger core, improve overall stability, and enhance physical performance.
In addition to this, the surgery can:
- Improve Body Confidence: Plus-size tummy tuck surgery can have a significant impact on body confidence and self-esteem. By removing excess skin and fat from the abdominal area, individuals can enjoy a more sculpted and toned appearance, leading to increased body satisfaction and a positive body image.
- Enhance Physical Comfort: Excess weight around the abdominal area can cause discomfort, such as chafing, rashes, or irritation. Plus-size tummy tuck surgery eliminates this excess weight, providing relief from these physical discomforts.
- Improve Clothing Fit: After a plus-size tummy tuck, individuals can experience better-fitting clothing options. With a slimmer and more proportionate abdominal profile, they can confidently wear a wider variety of styles that accentuate their new contours.
- Increase Mobility: Excessive tissue in the abdominal area can limit mobility and hinder physical activities. Plus-size tummy tuck surgery removes this, allowing for improved mobility, ease of movement, and participation in physical activities with greater comfort.
- Encourage Better Posture: The excess weight in the abdominal area can cause poor posture, leading to strain on the back muscles. Plus-size tummy tuck surgery can help correct this by removing the excess weight, resulting in a more aligned spine and reduced strain on the back muscles.
Can a Plus-Size Tummy Tuck Be Combined with Other Procedures?
Yes! A plus-size tummy tuck can be combined with other complementary procedures to further enhance your body’s transformation. Commonly combined procedures include liposuction, breast lift or augmentation, and thigh lift, as part of the popular Mommy Makeover. The combination of these procedures allows for a comprehensive and harmonious improvement of multiple areas, addressing your unique aesthetic goals.
When considering a plus-size tummy tuck, a personal consultation is an essential first step on your journey to achieving your desired body contours. At Avante Plastic Surgery, under the guidance of Dr. Ahmadi, we understand that each patient is unique and requires individualized care. Our goal is to provide you with a comprehensive assessment and specialized advice tailored specifically for plus-size individuals.
It is important to note that not all patients are suitable candidates for a tummy tuck procedure. However, rest assured that Dr. Ahmadi’s expertise allows him to explore alternative options and recommend the most suitable course of action for your specific needs. For example, some individuals with minimal excess skin and good muscle tone may benefit from less invasive procedures like liposuction or non-surgical body contouring treatments.
What to Expect from a Plus-Size Tummy Tuck
At your consultation, Dr. Ahmadi will discuss the anesthesia options available to you. He may recommend certain lifestyle adjustments, such as quitting smoking or adopting a healthier diet and exercise routine, to optimize your surgical outcome. These changes can contribute to better healing, reduced risks, and enhanced results. To ensure a safe procedure, our team will conduct a thorough evaluation of your overall health and fitness levels. This assessment allows us to identify any potential risks or complications that may arise during or after the surgery.
Tummy Tuck Procedure
The procedure itself involves making a horizontal incision along the lower abdomen. This incision is carefully placed to ensure optimal results and minimize visible scarring. Dr. Ahmadi will then access the underlying abdominal muscles, suturing them at the midline and tightening them as necessary to create a more toned “hourglass-like” figure.
Excess skin and fat removal are crucial aspects of the plus-size tummy tuck procedure. Dr. Ahmadi will carefully remove the excess skin and fat, allowing for a smoother and firmer abdominal contour. The remaining skin is then meticulously redraped to create a natural and aesthetically pleasing appearance. Throughout the procedure, Dr. Ahmadi pays close attention to detail and ensures that the incisions are judiciously closed using advanced suturing techniques. This helps minimize scarring and promotes optimal healing.
Following the plus-size tummy tuck procedure, you can expect a period of recovery and healing. Dr. Ahmadi and his team at Avante Plastic Surgery will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions to ensure a smooth recovery process. It is important to follow these instructions closely to achieve the best possible results.
Recovery & Results
The timeline for recovering from a plus-size tummy tuck varies from patient to patient. Generally, patients can expect to take around two weeks off from work or any strenuous activities. During this time, it is essential to:
- Take prescribed medications as directed to manage pain and minimize discomfort.
- Wear compression garments as recommended to reduce swelling and support the healing process.
- Maintain a healthy diet rich in nutrients to promote tissue regeneration.
- Avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting during the initial recovery period.
- Stay hydrated and get plenty of rest to aid in the healing process.
Dr. Ahmadi will schedule regular follow-up appointments to monitor your progress.
Cost of a Plus-Size Tummy Tuck in Houston
While we cannot provide an exact cost without assessing your unique situation, we encourage you to contact Avante Plastic Surgery’s Houston or Sugar Land location at (281) 265-2639 to schedule a consultation. During this visit, Dr. Ahmadi will discuss the details of your surgery, answer any questions you may have, and provide you with a comprehensive estimate for the price of your procedure.
What are my options if I am plus size but want a tummy tuck?
The surgical options for plus-size tummy tuck may vary depending on the individual’s specific needs and goals. These options include traditional abdominoplasty with additional liposuction, extended abdominoplasty, and circumferential body lift. During your consultation, we will carefully evaluate your condition to determine the most suitable surgical approach to achieve optimal results.
Is a plus-size tummy tuck suitable for post-weight loss patients?
Absolutely! A plus-size tummy tuck is an excellent option for individuals who have achieved significant weight loss and are left with excess skin and tissue in the abdominal area. It is a transformative solution for patients seeking to complete their body transformation journey.
- Regan JP, Casaubon JT. Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck). PubMed. Published 2020. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK431058/
- Cavalli M, Aiolfi A, Bruni PG, et al. Prevalence and risk factors for diastasis recti abdominis: a review and proposal of a new anatomical variation. Hernia. 2021;25(4):883-890. doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10029-021-02468-8