I am 60 years old. Am I too old for liposuction? I have a "Large" spare tire and drooping belly. Is the skin too old to contract?
Is 60 Too Old for Liposuction?
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Very much depends on if you are an old 60 or a young 60
The answer to this very much depends on your overall health. If you are in good health, active, with few medical issues, you are likely to be fine. However, what you really need is a liposuction surgeon to assess your issues and determine what you need.
At age 60 you are not likely to have the skin contraction that we expect with a thirty year old. Do you need an abdominoplasty or a tummy tuck? Possibly. However, I would encourage you to start with a cosmetic dermatologists who performs tumescent liposuction. This is a liposuction that is performed under local anesthetic. It is the safest form of liposuction-much safer than liposuction under general anesthesia. However, the degree of skin tightening may not be as dramatic as you are looking for. On the under hand, the procedure is much easier to recover from than having a body wall resection.
Yet you might be quite happy with the improvement and you avoid a major surgery. After you heal, if you decide you want more done, you retain the option to have the bigger surgery. General plastic surgeons like to perform liposuction under general anesthesia. Study Jeff Klein's website to learn more about tumescent liposuction so you understand what is possible with this method. He invented tumescent liposuction.
Too old for tummy tuck?
Pablo Prichard, MD
60 is not too old for liposuction
Your skin elasticity in the hip area (i.e. spare tire) will most likely respond satisfactorily to liposuction. The chances of improvement over the abdominal area are less and really depend on your individual skin elasticity. This would have to be determined by an in-person consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon who could make suggestions after considering your anatomy and goals.
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60 is not too old for liposuction
Your chronologic age is not as important as the skin's properties. Some patients have much better elasticity than younger patients. If you need an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) than you may benefit by having both (not necessarily at the same time) or in some cases, only an abdominoplasty.
Too old for lipo
From your description, you need a tummy tuck as lipo will not work for droopy tummies with spare tires, even if you are 30. The skin needs to contract and shrink and won't in most 60 year olds sepecially with the exces you describe.
Liposuction at 60
To evaluate your specific concerns and anatomical parameters, you should visit with an experienced surgeon, usually a board certified plastic surgeon. This surgeon should have experience in inpatient and outpatient liposuction, including tumescent liposuction (and most plastic surgeons are quite adept at this), and even laser liposculpture. But you also want a surgeon who has experience in various forms of abdominoplasty. Do not set yourself up for disappointment and multiple procedures. A good plastic surgeon will tell you, after consulting with you about your goals and desires, what to expect from the various procedures. He will tell you the limtations and risks of each. A physician who only does tumescent liposculpture is only going to offer this, but a physician who has experience in multiple alternatives can offer you the best one that fits you. Discuss the limitations with your physician, because I find in many cases that patients who do not want to undergo a more extensive or invasive procedure are happy with improvement, with less down time, even if it is not the "ultimate" improvement.
60 not too old for liposuction
NO! I have done patients in their seventies. Go discuss this issue with a boarded plastic surgeon. I would not expect the results to make you look like 20 years old but there can be an improvement.
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Age limit for Liposuction
There is no real age limit for liposuction as long as you are in good health. Some of my happiest patients have been older than you. You do, however, have to understand the limitations of liposuction. As skin ages, it contracts less after any excess fat is removed. Therefore, two people of different ages with the same problem may get different results.
To achieve the same result, we may have to tighten the skin on an older individual, whereas liposuction alone may be adequate in a younger person. What you describe as “a large spare tire and drooping belly” indicates that you have a significant amount of excess skin. This is most likely too much excess skin for even a young person. Therefore, you will probably need an abdominoplasty to remove this excess skin. We frequently do liposuction with this to blend everything together.
Liposuction is safe in 60 year old patient.
You have to be in good health and your anatomy has to be good for liposuction. If you have too much drroping skin, you may need a tummy tuck. This is also safe with good technique and proper precautions.
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