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Plus Size Tummy Tuck in Houston, TX

Many women ask “Can I have a tummy tuck if I am overweight?” and the answer is yes, if you meet the right criteria.

Many plastic surgeons refuse overweight tummy tuck patients based on BMI alone, but it is not so black and white.  With 16+ years of experience working with patients with increased BMI, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bob Basu strives to create customized body contouring options for each individual patient.  While many people find incredible relief with this transformational procedure, plus sized procedures are much more complex, time-intensive, and may carry more risks.  It is essential that you understand both the costs and the whether or not you fit the criteria specified below:


Candidates for a plus size tummy tuck should:

  • Have a BMI* of less than 40
  • Be physically and emotionally healthy
  • Be medically safe to undergo elective surgery
  • Not be pregnant or planning to get pregnant
  • Anatomically a good candidate

*Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women. You can calculate your BMI with this tool.

If you aren’t a good candidate for any reason, we will partner with you to resolve any issues and create a plan to help you work toward being ready for your tummy tuck.

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The total price varies depending on what is exactly being done in your procedure. And plus-sized tummy tuck procedures can be much more complex and require more operative time and specialized expertise than non-plus-sized procedures. Hence, the total costs are higher. The typical range can be as high as $23,500 and as low as $16,500 depending on what procedure(s) would benefit you the most.

We work with a number of medical financing companies to make cosmetic surgery more affordable and can set up a financing plan to meet your budget with low monthly payments and competitive interest rates. Click to read more about financing options.

Dr. Bob Basu

A Plus Size Tummy Tuck Specialist

  • Exceptional pain control using nerve blocks and Exparel®
  • Nationally recognized leader in aesthetic surgery and patient safety
  • RealSelf Top Doctor Award for Tummy Tuck procedure category
  • Thousands of body procedures performed
Meet Dr. Basu


A “plus-size” tummy tuck is a custom surgical procedure to remove excess fat, skin, and tissue, and tighten the abdominal muscle structure.


The benefits of a plus-size tummy tuck can be life-changing!

  • Clothing fits and looks better
  • Smaller, flatter tummy
  • More comfortable in your clothes
  • Exercise is easier once healed
  • No more chafing or hanging skin folds
  • Tighter abdominal muscles for a trimmer figure
  • Increased self-confidence

Had a whole mommy make-over done, for a plus size woman (arms, tummy tuck, and breasts). The results look great. I was treated professionally and with dignity through the whole experience. Outstanding surgical facility - clean and modern. Their description of what to expect in the lengthy recovery process (which is to be expected from such extensive surgery) has been spot on. Patient, kind, and very prepared staff. The only down side of the experience had to do with my own lack of knowledge and understanding of what are proper support garments in "phase 2" when you are ready to come out of the surgical garments, but not quite ready to go all in on straight street clothes. The selections are confusing and a bit lacking in big girl size range. The nursing staff were helpful in talking me through some different options, so... hopefully all good. If you are one of us bigger ladies, Dr. Basu has the skill set and willingness to help us too! He is a top surgeon (the kind one surgeon recommends to another surgeon). Would give him six stars if I could. Total best recommendation possible.

— Actual patient review posted on Google


Calling to talk to our empathetic, kind, and experienced patient care coordinators is the first step toward scheduling a consultation, and an in-person consultation with Dr. Basu is the best way to determine if this procedure is right for you.

During your consultation, you will have the opportunity to have all your questions answered regarding the procedure, recovery, and results. You can feel free to discuss other procedures to be performed in conjunction with your tummy tuck such as liposuction, breast reduction, or a breast lift.

He will be honest with you if this is not the right time to proceed with elective surgery. With extensive experience in tummy tuck surgery, body lift, cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery, and other procedures, Dr. Basu places your safety and comfort as top priority.


It is your body and your vision that is most important. When you work with Dr. Basu, you will feel supported, empowered, and understood.

If you decide to move forward with surgery, a customized health regimen will be created for you to follow prior to your surgery. A full medical evaluation, including reviewing your medications or supplements is a critical part of planning your surgery.

Plan for at least two weeks off to rest and recover.


Tummy tuck surgery is performed under general anesthesia, so you will not be awake or experience any pain during the procedure. Dr. Basu works closely with his ABA-certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Mary Ellen Firat, MD, to create a safe anesthesia care plan.

During surgery, any hernias will be repaired, the underlying muscles structure tightened, and excess skin, fat, and tissue removed, after which the incisions will be carefully and delicately sutured to limit scarring. The incision length and location will vary based upon your individual condition.

After surgery, you’ll wear a compression garment that will provide support and pressure to aid in healing and limit swelling.


Expect to stay home for two weeks. During recovery, your focus will be on resting, eating healthy foods, staying hydrated, and avoiding putting any stress on the surgical site. Gentle walks can help speed healing. You will have restricted motion and must not lift objects (including children and pets) that weigh more than five pounds.

You will need to avoid strenuous activity for at least six weeks and can begin exercise or activities after Dr. Basu gives you the go-ahead. In the early stages of recovery, you’ll need help from a friend or family member who can stay with you for the first few days after surgery.

Recognizing the complexity and risks associated with plus-sized tummy tucks, Dr. Basu specializes in advanced recovery protocols to optimize your healing potential and recovery. For instance, Dr. Basu and his team will focus on your protein intake and nutritional status to optimize your healing potential.

Additionally, Dr. Basu routinely utilizes long-acting numbing medicine with special nerve blocks to numb the incisions for several days so you can walk around right after your surgery (this can help prevent blood clots).

Why choose Dr. Basu?

The results of your surgery are the direct result of the experience, skills, and artistry of your plastic surgeon. Dr. Basu has performed over 16,000 cosmetic procedures and has unique expertise in body contouring for men and women of all body types. If you are considering undergoing a plus-size tummy tuck, you can be confident that your surgery will be performed by one of the most respected and accomplished plastic surgeons practicing in Houston.

Our practice has two locations for your convenience, in both Cypress and the Galleria and Uptown Houston area. Request your consultation using our online form, or call us today at (713) 799-2278 to schedule your consultation.