David Stoker
Marina Del Rey
& Beverly Hills

(310) 300-1779
Flat & Toned Midsection

Risks and Complications of Tummy Tuck of Overweight People

As with any surgery, the tummy tuck carries inherent risks and complications. Being overweight increases these risks. In addition, being overweight can be associated with other serious problems such as Type 2 diabetes or impaired circulation, which can lengthen the surgery and the recovery time. It is important that an experienced doctor assess your current health situation along with your desired accomplishments of the surgery.

Dr. David Stoker has significant experience performing tummy tucks on overweight people, and as such, will take the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of complications.

Dr. Stoker would be happy to meet with you to help you decide which procedures would work best for your unique situation. Contact his office at (310) 300-1779 or request a consultation online.

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 All surgical procedures carry risks and complications; for tummy tuck of overweight people there are specific risks. Being properly informed about these risks and complications will help you recognize them quickly should they arise and take preventive measures where possible to avoid them.

Risks and Complications for Tummy Tuck of Overweight PeopleInherent Risks of Surgery

  • Blood clots
    • Overweight patients run a slightly higher risk of blood clots forming
  • Infection
  • Necrosis (death of skin or fat tissue)
    • Poor circulation or smoking increases the risk of necrosis

Risks and Complications for Tummy Tuck of Overweight People – Procedure-Specific Concerns

  • Loss of sensitivity
    • This is almost always temporary, but there is a slight possibility of a permanent loss of sensation surrounding the incision site.
  • Excessive scarring
  • Dissatisfaction with results
    • Dr. Stoker will help you understand the results that the tummy tuck will give you. He works within boundaries that ensure maximum safety; if the results you are hoping for are not safely attainable he will help you look into other procedures that will be able to assist you in reaching your goal.
  • “Dog ears”
    • During the healing process, at the ends of your incision the skin may form triangular-shaped outpouchings known as dog ears.  Dr. Stoker uses techniques that decrease the risk of this problem.  If they occur, they are easily removed by Dr. Stoker with a quick outpatient procedure. 

Risks and Complications for Tummy Tuck of Overweight People Recovery
The full recovery time from a tummy tuck procedure generally takes around 6 weeks.  Even though after one week, patients are typically able to return to normal everyday activities such as walking, strenuous activities should not be resumed until the incision is fully healed, which takes an average of six weeks. Depending on any other health problems you may have, the healing process may take a little longer than average. Dr. Stoker will let you know your estimated recovery time, as well as give you follow-up appointments to make sure that you are healing properly.

Take the Next Step
Give Dr. David Stoker’s office a call today at (310) 300-1779 or request your consultation online. Our friendly, knowledgeable plastic surgery consultants are ready to help you today.

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Marina del Rey, CA 90292

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Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Stoker performs plastic surgery in Los Angeles. Dr. David Stoker has also gained widespread recognition for liposuction, breast augmentation, tummy tucks, rhinoplasty and many other cosmetic procedures. He serves men and women throughout Southern California (including Beverly Hills, Pasadena, Long Beach, Santa Monica) and the rest of the world.