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Plus Size Tummy Tuck Seattle, Body mass index (BMI) is frequently used as the main factor in determining if a person is healthy or not based on their weight. However, BMI as a measurement does not account for all factors that contribute to body weight. Therefore, many patients seeking tummy tuck surgery are turned down based on BMI alone. Dr. Javad Sajan at Allure Esthetic Plastic Surgery does not only consider BMI when evaluating patients for an abdominoplasty, or any surgery. Patients can come to Allure Esthetic to find the best plus size tummy tuck Seattle offers.

What Is A Plus Size Tummy Tuck?

LA plus size tummy tuck, also called an obese tummy tuck or high BMI tummy tuck, refers to a tummy tuck performed on an individual who does not fit the weight standard for most plastic surgery procedures. Additionally, some surgeons are unable to get a good result on a patent who may have more fullness than the average plastic surgery patient. For many patients with a high BMI, it is possible to achieve a good result when their surgeon specializes in high BMI tummy tucks.


Not all high BMI patients will qualify for a tummy tuck. There are many other considerations that Dr. Sajan makes to determine whether a patient is a good candidate or not. First, the patient should be in relatively good health. The patient should also not smoke as this poses more risk than obesity often does.

Dr. Sajan does look at a patient’s BMI as part of a holistic evaluation. Most plus size tummy tuck patients will have BMIs greater than 30. Additionally, patients should have realistic expectations for what the procedure can and cannot do.

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Benefits & Risks

Every surgery on every patient will come with benefits and risks. Dr. Sajan and the patient must independently determine that the benefits outweigh the risks for a particular patient. The potential benefits include:

  • Remove loose skin
  • Create a flatter stomach
  • Tighten separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti)
  • Reduce skin irritation and rashes caused by hanging skin
  • Correct changes in the abdomen from pregnancy
  • Remove stretch marks
  • May make exercise easier
  • Can sometimes help correct ventral hernias, stress urinary incontinence, and back pain
  • Clothing fits better
  • Reduce clothing size
  • Can combine with liposuction
  • Performed by a cosmetic plastic surgeon who specializes in obese tummy tucks

Tummy tuck surgeries can have significant risk and it is important to consider risks when considering the procedure. Risks may be higher for individual patients based on medical history and other factors. Some of the possible risks include:

  • Blood Clot(s)
  • Infection
  • Poor healing
  • Thick, unsightly scar
  • Skin necrosis/tissue death
  • Seroma
  • Bleeding
  • Hematoma
  • Wound dehiscence
  • Death
  • Complications associated with general anesthesia

Types Of Plus Size Tummy Tucks

Tummy tucks come in all shapes and sizes to fit patients of all shapes and sizes. Every plus size patient may undergo different versions of abdominoplasty surgery based on their anatomy and needs.

Traditional Tummy Tuck

A standard tummy tuck is the most performed tummy tuck among all patients. It involves a hip-to-hip incision and tightening of the abdominal muscles. Dr. Sajan also performs liposuction with his tummy tucks to achieve the best possible results. This can also help cinch in the waist for an attempted hourglass shape.

Extended Tummy Tuck

An extended tummy tuck with Dr. Sajan performs all of the same steps as a traditional tummy tuck, but the incision extends onto each hip. This allows for extra skin removal on the hips and sides. Occasionally, the incision may curve completely around the hip to address the love handles. Unlike a body lift surgery, the incision for an extended tummy tuck does not meet.

Fleur-de-lis Tummy Tuck

A fleur-de-lis tummy tuck uses the standard horizontal hip-to-hip incision, but then also adds a vertical incision up the abdomen. This allows Dr. Sajan to remove extra skin and address the tissues on two planes. The fleur-de-lis technique is popular among post-bariatric surgery and massive weight loss patients. However, it can also benefit plus size patients as well.


A panniculectomy is a skin removal procedure that removes the hanging skin or “apron” from the lower abdomen. While similar to a tummy tuck and often combined with one, it is not always performed for cosmetic reasons. Removing the apron of skin can help relieve several symptoms and complement the cosmetic result of abdominoplasty surgery. Panniculectomy procedures are common among plus size tummy tuck patients.

Body Lift vs. Plus Size Tummy Tuck

A body lift and plus size tummy tuck are two procedures frequently recommended to obese patients. Both can provide good results, but how can a patient tell if they are a good fit for one over the other? Ultimately a consultation with Dr. Sajan will allow patients to determine this. However, the table below can provide some insight.

High BMI Tummy

  • Removes skin from the abdomen and hips
  • Can lift the mons pubis area
  • Abdomen incision only
  • May or may not have lost weight

Body Lift

  • Removes skin from the abdomen, hips, and back
  • Lifts the buttocks and thighs
  • Circumferential incision
  • Often has lost weight (recently or in the past)

Asked Questions

1. What Weight Is A Plus Size Tummy Tuck?

There is no one weight that qualifies as “plus size”. Based on the patient’s height, build, bone density, and other factors, a healthy weight for one patient may be obese for another. Therefore, obese tummy tuck patients could range between 150 pounds and over 300 pounds depending on the patient’s composition.

2. Can A Plus Size Tummy Tuck Help You Lose Weight?

A tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure. Patients usually only lose a few pounds, if any, following surgery. However, a tummy tuck can serve as motivation to lose more weight. With that said, if a patient loses too much weight after a tummy tuck, they may eventually need a revision to remove more skin.

3. What BMI Is Too High For A Tummy Tuck?

This can vary. It is uncommon to perform an abdominoplasty on patients with a BMI over 50. In the right patient though, it is possible to perform a tummy tuck on these patients. If a patient is physically and mentally healthy enough otherwise, their BMI alone is only one factor that is considered.

4. How Much Is A High BMI Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tuck surgery in Seattle with Dr. Sajan starts at $14,995. Different types of tummy tuck, muscle repair, additional liposuction, and other surgical considerations. Allure Esthetic does work with outside financing companies including Care Credit and Alphaeon to help patients find affordable financing.

Patients are also welcome to pay via credit card, money order, cashier’s check, or cash. Associated charges can also be paid via wire transfer or ACH. Before leaving their consultation, patients will receive a personalized price quote and financing information.

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