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Is 63 too Old to Have Abdominalplasty? I Lost Lost 167 Lbs, Now Weigh 159.

Is 63 to Old to Have Abdominalplasty Lost 167 Lbs Weigh159

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Is 63 too old to have abdominoplasty? I lost 167 lbs, now weight 159.

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Hello! Thank you for your question! Age alone is not a contraindication to a surgical procedure. There are a few medical comorbidities that contribute to a higher risk during any surgical procedure including infections, wound complications, delayed wound healing, bleeding, anesthetic risks, etc. Factors such as diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease, heart problems, lung problems, etc are more common in the elderly. However, if you are healthy, or these conditions are well-controlled, you would certainly still be a candidate for a surgical procedure. If your complaints or desires are great enough to consider the surgical option, I would seek a consultation with a plastic surgeon to discuss your complaints and go over the options as well as risks and benefits of the procedure.

You should obtain medical clearance from your primary care physician that you are at an acceptable risk for undergoing a surgical procedure. For elective or aesthetic procedures, your surgeon may want to get you to a reasonable health status prior to consideration for a procedure. Discuss all of your medical comorbidities and medication with your surgeon prior and discuss these risks. Also, discuss this with your anesthesiologist as proper monitoring and medications will be watched closely. This procedure should still be very safe for you and hope for an uncomplicated course with an excellent result! Hope that this helps! Best wishes!


Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Too old for tummy tuck?

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Thank you for your post. Age is not a contraindication to surgery. Poor health is. If you are a healthy adult, and interested in a tummy tuck surgery, meet with a board certified plastic surgeon. He or she will assess you as a patient for any risks you might have. The biggest risks are heart disease, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, and previous history of deep venous thrombosis.
Best Wishes,
Pablo Prichard, MD

Pablo Prichard, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Is 63 too Old to Have Abdominoplasty? I Lost Lost 167 Lbs, Now Weigh 159.

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The short answer is no, because the decision for surgery is based on multiple factors and not just age.  With that being said, it is important to balance many factors such as nutrition, and other medical issues before deciding on any surgery, at any age.

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Garrett A. Wirth, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Age and Abdominoplasty

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There is no age limit for abdominoplasty to be performed as long as you are in good health.  It is preferred to be near your goal weight to achieve optimal results.  

Craig Mezrow, MS, MD
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Age and tummy tuck

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You are not too old for a tummy tuck.   What is more important is your overall health status.  Also given your weight loss, your PS should also assess your nutritional status.  Please visit with a board certified ASPS member surgeon to learn more about your options.

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Age 63

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Abdominoplasty surgery is an option for you as long as your general health is good. You will need routine pre-op testing ie EKG and baseline blood work. If you have any abnormalities, you may require clearance from your medical doctor but surgery is feasible. 

C. Andrew Salzberg, MD
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Tummy Tuck after massive weight loss, is there an age limit?

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63 is not too old for plastic surgery as long as your general health is good.  For someone that has lost a large amount of weight it is important to have a good pre operative check of your nutritional staus, heart and lungs and any major medical conditions.  Most likely you are in better health today than you were before the weight loss.  You are likely to have considerable functional improvement from removing the excess skin.  i would encourage you to seek a consultation with a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and very experienced in post bariatric surgery, body lifts and tummy tucks. 

Mary Lee Peters, MD
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Is 63 too old to have a Tummy Tuck?

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Age is not a contraindication for elective plastic surgery.  Overall physical condition and any associated medical problems are much more important.  Keep in mind, however, that an abdominoplasty may have a significant recovery period.  Consult a board-certified plastic surgeon  in your area to see if you would be a good candidate.   

Stephen Delia, MD
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63 is not too old

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This is a decision for you , if you have lots of extra skin and want an improvement then it is possible. You may take longer to recover and the risk of complications may be higher, but if you are healthy and cleared medically for surgery and want it, then go for it.

William B. Rosenblatt, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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63 Probably Not Too Old For Abdominoplasty

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You probably are not too old for an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck if your general state of health is good.   This is much more important than actual age.  With the massive weight loss you have achieved, you certainly will be happy with losing the excess skin.  Congratulations!

John Whitt, MD
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