23 Jan | 2020
23 Jan 2020
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A common misconception about tummy tucks is that they are only for the young. Older patients have a tendency to believe that they have gone beyond an imaginary age line that would have allowed them to get one.

The truth is that age has very little to do with whether a tummy tuck is a good choice for you. If you have been battling that belly bulge and have been hesitating about whether a tummy tuck might work for you, you do not need to worry as much as you might think – Because age does not always matter. But here is what actually matters.

The Procedure

Tummy Tuck Plastic Surgery Procedure

Let’s start by going over what the procedure is actually like. An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is used to remove excess skin and help smooth out your midsection. The procedure also takes care of any excess fat that is hanging out in the area. The procedure is sometimes done alone or done in conjunction with other procedures for a more complete body makeover. It is important to remember that it has less to do with fat and more to do with smoothing out your abdominal area with the skin and muscles.

Your Health

Your medical history and your current health are the most important considerations when it comes to cosmetic surgery of any kind. If you are not already in good health, surgery is not a safe option. Additionally, you will need to be a non-smoker before being considered as a candidate.

Your Habits

Many people get tummy tucks following a period of weight loss, where excess skin remains. If this sounds like you, you might be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. If you do not have good exercise habits and take good care of yourself, you will be disappointed with a tummy tuck. It may get rid of stubborn fat and skin, but it is up to you to keep it off. Otherwise, it will just come back again. You should be as close to your ideal size and weight as possible.

What Else You Need Done

Another consideration is what else that you would like to have done. Many women will wait until they are done having children and get a mommy makeover, which includes a tummy tuck, breast lift, and often a breast reduction or augmentation. It is a good idea to wait until you are done having children before proceeding with a tummy tuck to avoid needing to have another procedure in the future.

When Age Is A Good Thing

Sometimes, waiting until you are older to get a tummy tuck is a good thing. When you have waited until you are surer of your habits, lifestyle, and have more time to commit to yourself, it is easier to give yourself the gift of a tummy tuck.

You are likely to have more time to spend in recovery as well, allowing yourself decent rest. You will need help to move around for the first few days, which means if you have little children at home, you will have a harder time recovering. In fact, younger patients are less likely to benefit long term from a tummy tuck if they have not had their children left home or gone through the normal hormonal fluctuations that come with age.

Other Things to Remember

You will also need to remember that a tummy tuck will not make you drop weight. You need to be your ideal weight before having the procedure. It is not a weight loss procedure, but more of a contouring procedure to help you obtain the shape that you desire. You will also want to keep up with your fitness and health habits to ensure that the bulge will not return in the future.

Bottom Line

Patients in their 60s or 70s are just as good of candidates as younger patients. As long as you have maintained good health and a good fitness level, you do not need to worry about whether you are too old for a tummy tuck. Instead, call Dr. Pirani to set up a consultation to find out whether a tummy tuck would be the right procedure for you.