• Are You Too Old For A Tummy Tuck?

    by Dr. Semone Rochlin
    on Mar 23rd, 2017

They say that age is just a number, but is that really true? This may seem like an appropriate question to ask at times, and that is especially true for those considering cosmetic surgery.

But what if we told you that there are several factors to consider when it comes to cosmetic surgery, and that age is not the leading factor when making a decision about whether to go under the knife. And better yet, for a person who is older, sometimes cosmetic surgery is a more realistic option.

So, if you’re considering a tummy tuck, is age just a number? Let’s dive in and find out if there is any truth behind being too old for a tummy tuck:

Better Rate of Success Starts with Overall Health, Not Age

Imagine this. Two women are both considering surgery. The first is a morbidly obese female, the second, is a woman in her early 60’s just looking to shave off a few inches. Who do you think is a better candidate amongst the two?

If you answered the older woman, then you are correct, my friend.

A person’s general health, and most certainly their weight, play key factors when it comes to thte of cosmetic surgery.

How Do You Know If You’re A Good Candidate?

Just because people are more advanced in age, does not necessarily mean their bodies are going to fall apart if they do something proactive to keep themselves healthy.

A good candidate for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is someone who has excess/loose skin in the abdomen region, but takes good care of themselves and is just looking for a little help that diet and exercise cannot correct.

Women who have had children and those who are feeling the effects of aging would benefit greatly from abdominoplasty.

Whether you’re 33 or 63, if you’re looking for a little help getting rid of that midsection flab, a tummy tuck may be just what the doctor ordered. If you want to have a success story of your own following your tummy tuck, diet, exercise, genetics and post-surgery care all play deciding factors in your success.

Are Tummy Tucks Common For Women Later In Life?

There is no “normal” age for anyone to have a tummy tuck procedure performed. Often times, women who have experienced childbirth and loosening of abdominal muscles that do not retake their shape look to have a tummy tuck to give them back their pre-baby physique.

Those who have undergone a drastic weight loss consider tummy tucks, but this calls for an “around the world” tummy tuck procedure (circumferential lipectomy).

And last but not least, any man or woman that is dealing with some level of skin sagging due to loss of one’s skin elasticity often look to a tummy tuck.

So, as you see, there are many life stages where a tummy tuck may be desired to better one’s life.

How Do You Know It’s Safe Even After 60?

There have been several doctors who have performed tummy tuck procedures to patients in their 60’s, some even in their 70’s.

If you are a healthy individual and can pass lab tests and an EKG, a cardiologist should be able to green light you for cosmetic surgery. And with the average life expectancy being 80+, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy your results for another 20 years time.

You’re never too old to try something new, and there’s no reason that you shouldn’t be happy, no matter your age, with the way you look.

If you’re an older man or woman considering having a tummy tuck, schedule a consult with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon who can assess your needs and answer any questions that you may have.

For those that maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, there’s no reason why your age should play a factor in tightening that tummy so that you can feel confident once again.

Author Dr. Semone Rochlin Dr. Semone B. Rochlin is a Board Certified General Surgeon specializing in Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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