Are you too old for a tummy tuck? Or are you just the right age? It’s only natural to have some of these thoughts. Tummy tuck is, in many ways, a procedure designed to rejuvenate your appearance. But abdominoplasty also has a reputation for having a challenging recovery period.
Can You Be Too Old for a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck has a rather notorious reputation as being one of the most uncomfortable plastic surgery procedures to recover from. And that can beg the question: can you be too old for a tummy tuck? It’s a reasonable question, especially because tummy tuck procedures are often billed (accurately) as a way to rejuvenate the appearance of your body. Tummy tuck is supposed to make you look younger.
So there’s going to be an age component to the aesthetics of this procedure. Or, said another way, tummy tuck is not a procedure that’s likely to be undertaken by younger patients. So there’s undoubtedly some curiosity about the age “sweet spot.”
Fitness is More Important Than Age
In general, age is not going to be the primary factor when determining if a tummy tuck is right for you. Obviously, you’ll have to meet certain physical requirements to be a good candidate for the procedure in the first place. You’ll need to have a certain amount of excess skin, basically. At that point, it’s really about how healthy you are.
Tummy tuck can be a taxing procedure. So it’s important that tummy tuck patients:
- Be non-smokers: Smoking can compromise your body’s ability to heal. When you have a rather large incision, as will be the case with a tummy tuck, that can mean a longer recovery time and higher chances of complications. Best results are usually achieved when you refrain from smoking.
- Are a stable weight: Big fluctuations in your weight can cause the creation of more excess skin. This can undermine your results in the long term.
- Be generally healthy: Your surgeon will work with you to make sure you’re generally healthy enough for surgery. There are several criteria this could involve, so your surgeon will likely need to know your overall medical history.
Most people who undergo a tummy tuck are between the ages of 35-50. Less common are patients between the ages of 51-64. And rarely do patients above 64 undergo a tummy tuck. But it does happen.
What Does a Tummy Tuck Involve?
So, the short answer is that no, you probably aren’t too old for a tummy tuck. And that the possible success of your hypothetical procedure will have more to do with ensuring you get the care and recovery you need (and that you’re as healthy as possible).
During a tummy tuck, excess skin is removed from around the abdomen. This can help make the abdomen appear slimmer and more slender. During your tummy tuck, added structure may also be given to the abdominal muscles to give them a bit more strength.
The part of the tummy tuck that you’ll really have to give some thought to–and the bit where you can really help yourself–is in planning your recovery. There are several things you can do to make your recovery as successful as possible:
- Get family and friends to help in any way they can. This could mean taking the kids to school. Or it could mean preparing a few easy dinners for you and your family.
- Follow your recovery instructions to the letter. This means if your recovery says you should refrain from lifting, that’s precisely what you should do. Clear all your activities with your surgeon.
- Wear your compression garments as directed. These compression garments help keep swelling under control. And keeping that swelling under control can help ensure your results look their best.
With a tummy tuck, it’s not so much about age as it is about health. And while age can be a factor, your overall health picture is much more important.