Tummy tuck & diabetic patients
A tummy tuck is possible in a diabetic as long as the diabetes is well controlled and you have adequate medical evaluation and clearance by your internist. On the other hand, diabetics tend to have higher complication rates especially dealing with wound healing problems. (Steven Wallach, MD, New York Plastic Surgeon)
Diabetics can have cosmetic surgery if their health is stable.
Being a diabetic does not disqualify a patient from elective cosmetic surgery outright. However, there are increased risks and if the medical conditions of the patient are excessive, the surgeon would advise the patient against surgery. I have operated on many diabetic patients who, besides the controlled diabetes, are in good health. (Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD, Atlanta Plastic Surgeon)
Diabetics CAN undergo Cosmetic Surgery
Having diabetes does NOT disqualify you from having Cosmetic Surgery, having the complications of diabetes and associated diseases would raise the risk factors considerably.
If your diabetes is well controlled (your HgBA1C is normal or close to it) and you do not have silent heart disease, there is no reason why you cannot have a safe cosmetic surgery.
For this reason, I would recommend that you have a cardiologic work up and be cleared by your Internist for this procedure. (Peter A. Aldea, MD, Memphis Plastic Surgeon)
Type II diabetic patients and tummy tucks
Tummy tucks are extremely popular and effective way to contour the abdomen. Keep in mind that this is a significant abdominal surgery with a significant recovery process. During the surgery your surgeon will elevate a skin and muscle flap and move your upper abdominal skin down to the pubic region. This can create a significant recovery process. Although it is possible for a type II diabetic to have a tummy tuck, there is an increased risk with wound healing.
Your best bet is to work with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has great deal of experience in abdominoplasty and flap techniques. It is also essential that you receive a full medical workup and that your diabetes is very well under control.
Although tummy tucks are very effective, this is an aesthetic surgery and your health must always come first. To learn more about tummy tucks, see photos, and help you decide which one is best for you, please visit us at the link below. (Pat Pazmino, MD, Miami Plastic Surgeon)
Tummy tucks are all about blood supply
Tummy Tucks lift skin and fat and move them downward to remove as much excess skin and fat as possible. The lifted skin loses blood supply during the process. The skin is then pulled and loses some blood supply.
These stresses make tummy tucks on patients with vascular issues less desirable. The best example is a smoker. Diabetes should not be included in that group. However, as a diabetic you can have other medical problems that make you a poor candidate for any type of surgery.
See you medical doctor to get clearance, as well as advice on how to maximize a good outcome during and after surgery. (Robert M. Freund, MD, New York Plastic Surgeon)