A study co-authored by Dr. Laurence T. Glickman, a board-certified plastic surgeon at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group found that patients with obesity who underwent abdominoplasty faced no more risk of complications than non-obese patients. The study was published by Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Abdominoplsty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure to remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen with the goal of a slimmer, firmer appearance. In a press release from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Glickman explained that although abdominoplasty is a common procedure, many plastic surgeons have declined to perform tummy tucks on patients with higher body mass index (BMI) because they were concerned that there may be an increased risk of postoperative complications. The study focused on 82 patients who had abdominoplasty performed by Dr. Glickman, 21 of whom had a BMI classified as obese. Upon follow-up, the patients with obesity did not have significantly higher rates of complications. Dr. Glickman noted that all patients should be informed of the potential risks and benefits of any surgical procedure, and that “plastic surgeons should evaluate patients on a case-by-case basis.”


 
Read the ASPS Press Release
Read the Full Study: “Abdominoplasty in the Obese Patient: Risk versus Reward”

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