otherwise healthy not overweight 58 year old
How Old is Too Old for a Tummy Tuck?
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How old is too old for a tummy tuck?
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!
Tummy Tuck Age
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Pablo Prichard, MD
If you are in vigorously good health, you are not too old. You'll likely have 20 - 30 years to enjoy your flat tummy!
Lisa Lynn Sowder, M.D.
Too old for a tummy tuck
Your physical health is very important when considering elective plastic surgery. Meaning that a history and physical before a cosmetic tummy tuck is required to determine any medical conditions. Safety is the number one priority.
If you are healthy and cleared by your personal physician, then you can proceed with the abdominoplasty at any age. However, make sure you are having the procedure with a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Safty is of utmost importance in performing cosmetic surgery
Safety is of the utmost importance in performing cosmetic surgery. Tummy tucks can be performed in individuals of all ages who are in good health. We frequently involve your personnel family physician or internist to check you to make sure that you are in good health and that the risk of complications is low. I have personally performed tummy tucks in 5 women in their 70's.
It is very important to perform operations, such as tummy tuck, in the appropriate setting. To minimize the risk, I perform tummy tucks in a Certified Accredited Surgery Center with an overnight stay. I insist on a Board Certified Anesthesiologist to be in attendance. It is very important to follow all pre-operative and post-operative instructions to ensure a good result.
I would recommend a consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Best regards, Andrew Lyos MD, FACS
Age and Tummy tuck
Thanks for the question. Chronological age is not a major factor when considering someone for a tummy tuck. Other factors that should be considered are current activity level, presence of medical issues such as history of cardiac or respiratory disease, presence of diabetes to name a few. Also, if you are currently smoking, this may influence my decision to operate on you. In summary, you should seek the the advice from several board certified plastic surgeons in your area who would advise you whether or not you are a good candidate for the surgery and whether or not you would require your family physician to medically clear you prior to your surgery. Good luck.
Health is typically more important than age when it comes to determining candidacy for elective surgery
It is not so much the chronological age as the medical health of the individual. Therefore an uncontrolled diabetic with rheumatoid arthritis on steroids and severe inflammatory bowel disease with immunosuppressants in a 50 year old may be a worse candidate then a healthy 65 year old.
Healthy people are good candidates for surgery
As long as you are free of medical problems, and you have a medical doctor familiar with your health and lifestyle who can help with preparing you for surgery, you should not feel your age is a reason not to pursue a happier outlook with the flatter tummy you dream of.
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