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Let’s start off with the basics:  What is a plus size tummy tuck?

A plus size tummy tuck is a tummy tuck (aka abdominoplasty) on patients that are plus size.  Usually, a plus size individual is someone with a BMI greater than 30 or 35.  BMI stands for body mass index and takes into account your height and weight.  A person's BMI is often used as an indirect way of calculating how overweight someone is and by extension what their health is like. 

What is the difference between a regular tummy tuck and a Plus Size Tummy Tuck®?

All components from the education of the patient before surgery, to the design of the tummy tuck, how liposuction is performed, the anesthesia provided during surgery, and how the patient is taken care of after surgery have all been modified to allow us to get the best result possible safely and effectively.  All of these changes together are why a tummy tuck can be safely and effectively performed for patients with a high BMI.

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Am I a candidate for a Plus Size Tummy Tuck®?

Candidates for this innovative surgery are in good general health, non-smokers, and have lost a large amount of weight, whether through dieting and exercise or bariatric surgery. You may have been hoping to achieve the ideal weight but struggled to shed those final pounds.

If you are tired of seeing your body with any of the following aesthetic problems, you deserve to find out more about our Plus Size Tummy Tuck® procedure:

  • A fatty, bulging abdomen
  • Loose, stretched abdominal muscles
  • A bulging waist
  • A large quantity of excess skin
  • A “pannus” or drooping area of skin and tissue (also called "fat apron belly")
  • You were told lose weight before being eligible for a tummy tuck

You may be a good candidate for this groundbreaking surgery if:

  • You are in good health and safe to undergo surgery
  • You understand the procedure, recovery, and what to expect
  • You are not pregnant or planning to get pregnant
  • You do not smoke
  • Your abdomen is loose and flabby, and you are ready for a transformation

Do I need to be at my ideal weight before having a tummy tuck?

Many people have dreamed of undergoing a tummy tuck to repair stretched, loose abdominal muscles, and remove excess fat and skin. It may be almost impossible to lose those final 20 or 30 pounds, and a large majority of people who seek a tummy tuck from Dr. Repta are, to some degree, overweight. With an advanced surgical technique, you can finally achieve a more sculpted body contour, and the tummy tuck, planned with care, can jumpstart that final weight loss, creating a slimmer waist, smooth lower abdomen, and an attractive hourglass figure.

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Why is BMI important with regards to tummy tuck surgery?

In the past, research pointed to increased complications for patients with a BMI higher than 30 or 35 who had body-contouring procedures such as tummy tuck surgery.  Since BMI is not an accurate measure of a person’s health, some patients with good health and high BMI were lumped into the category of “high risk for surgery”.  Over the past fourteen years, I have modified the standard tummy tuck surgery procedure to allow high BMI patients to undergo surgery safely and effectively thereby creating the Plus Size Tummy Tuck® procedure.

How high of a patient's BMI have we performed surgery on?

I have successfully done my Plus Size Tummy Tuck® procedure on patients with a BMI of 83.  By evaluating the entire aspect of a patient’s health and by modifying every aspect of the tummy tuck process, even patients with as high of a BMI as 83 can undergo important body contouring procedures safely.

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The benefits of a Plus Size Tummy Tuck®

You may feel embarrassed about the condition of your body and feel you must wear loose clothing to try to hide bulging areas of fat and tissue. If you are a good candidate for our Plus Size Tummy Tuck®, you will enjoy these benefits:

  • Your clothing fits your body beautifully
  • Your tummy zone is flatter and smoother
  • Skin and tissue folds are removed
  • Your abdominal muscles and core are tighter and firmer
  • Issues related to chafing are resolved
  • Exercise will be easier
  • No more hiding your figure

Are there any benefits to undergoing a Plus Size Tummy Tuck® other than shape and appearance?

Yes. Although shape and appearance are important, there are a variety of other benefits that can be seen after undergoing a Plus Size Tummy Tuck®. Among these benefits; improved mobility, prevention of skin breakdown and rashes in the skin folds, improved self-esteem and motivation for lifestyle changes, and improvement in some physiologic markers associated with the removal of excess fat can and are often seen. Ongoing research is showing that these positive changes are maintained long term.

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How much does a  Plus Size Tummy Tuck® cost?


The cost of a Plus Size Tummy Tuck® will vary based on the amount of work that is involved. Since liposuction is a big component of a Plus Size Tummy Tuck® the amount of time spent removing fat in the areas of the abdomen and sides of the abdomen adds to the time of the tummy tuck. The more volume of fat there is to reduce the more time that is required.


Who shouldn’t undergo a Plus Size Tummy Tuck®?


Any patient that is not healthy enough for elective surgery should not have a Plus Size Tummy Tuck®. Significant health concerns with the heart, lungs, uncontrolled diabetes, and other health related items should be carefully evaluated and medically cleared by the patient’s primary care doctor or specialist prior to proceeding. The goal is to get the best result possible and to do so safely, so factors that may impact this safety are important to evaluate thoroughly.

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Why choose Dr. Repta to fix your overhanging stomach?

Not all plastic surgeons have the skills, experience, and techniques to perform a Plus Size Tummy Tuck®. Dr. Repta is recognized as being one of the most talented plastic surgeons in the nation and has developed innovative surgical techniques. He is the co-author of a plastic surgery reference book used the world over. He has presented his groundbreaking body contouring techniques at regional, national, and international meetings and conferences. Beyond his impressive qualifications, Dr. Repta has a warm, caring personality and provides dedicated attention and care. You can be confident that your journey will be comfortable, safe, and produce a life-changing result.

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If you’re considering undergoing a plus size tummy tuck in the Scottsdale area, Dr. Repta is the ideal choice for you. With extensive experience performing this specialized surgery, Dr. Repta has a deep knowledge of the intricacies of the procedure, and a thorough understanding of how it’s different than a standard tummy tuck. Our consultations are comfortable and conversational, not clinical, and private and discreet. If you’re interested in learning more, we invite you to contact us today.

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