A number of patients at my practice in Orange County show interest in tummy tuck surgery but are under the impression that it’s a “young person’s surgery.” Although it’s true that older cosmetic surgery patients, say in their 50s and 60s, tend to choose facial procedures to combat the signs of aging more often than body contouring options, a tummy tuck can be a good choice for a wide range of ages. A patient of any age can be a good candidate for this procedure if he or she meets the following physical guidelines:
- Good general health: There’s no age limit for plastic surgery, but it’s important that you’re healthy. It’s essential that your body is up to the physical demands that surgery requires. You will also heal faster if you are in good health. In addition to ordering blood work and checking your blood pressure, your doctor will most likely send you for an EKG to make sure that your heart is healthy.
- The right weight and condition: Tummy tuck surgery is an excellent choice for patients who are at or near their ideal weight, have excess skin around their midriff, and who have a protruding belly. The goal of the surgery is to tighten the underlying abdominal muscles and remove excess skin.
A good plastic surgeon will consider your age when planning your treatment. He or she should address any concerns specific to age, such as with anesthesia, at the time of your consultation. If you meet the guidelines and want to proceed with a tummy tuck, go forth confidently. Enjoying a flatter tummy and a smoother profile is a good thing at any age.