When we do any cosmetic procedure we always want a patient in optimal condition.  Many of the patients I do have diabetes – both type 1 and type 2.  I recently read an article that included 129,000 plus patients who underwent cosmetic procedures during a 5 year span between 2008-2013.  In this group they looked at diabetes as a risk factor for major complications.  Diabetics had more major complications (3.1%) versus non-diabetics (1.9%).  This was particularly true for tummy tucks.  Diabetics had a significantly higher infection rate versus non-diabetics.  This is due in part because diabetes will affect the patient’s immune system.