I often meet with patients who wonder whether they’re too old to have a tummy tuck. Some moved to the Scottsdale-Phoenix area after retiring and are looking forward to taking advantage of all the activities here. Many are in great shape but find that their strong exercise and diet habits can’t improve the midsection’s appearance if there is excess, sagging abdominal skin.
I’m pleased to tell these patients that age doesn’t prevent an otherwise healthy individual from being a good tummy tuck candidate. People who make good candidates for this procedure tend to fall into 1 of 3 categories, with a range of ages:
Patients who have undergone significant weight loss: Men and women at any age may, either through lifestyle changes or bariatric surgery, can find themselves with excess skin after losing a significant amount of weight. The transformation improves their health, but leaves them with skin that has lost its elasticity and doesn’t shrink to fit their bodies’ new contours. Post-weight loss surgery may include a tummy tuck to remove excess abdominal skin.
Recent mothers who are mommy makeover candidates: Women who are finished having children are often in their late 20s or 30s and want to regain the shape of their pre-pregnancy bodies. Pregnancy stretches the abdominal muscles and skin, resulting in a sagging midsection. Even the most dedicated exerciser can’t get the flat belly she wants in this situation. Along with the abdominal area, a woman’s breasts may be deflated after breastfeeding. A mommy makeover that combines a tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast enhancement is a popular solution.
Patients 50 or older looking forward to active retirement years. Golfing, swimming, and bicycling are popular pastimes in our area. Being self-conscious about the appearance of your stomach can get in the way of enjoying these activities, so women and men often consider getting a tummy tuck at this stage of their lives. Some patients have battled weight problems throughout their lives and, having finally shed those excess pounds, want to show off their new shape. A few additional tests may be necessary prior to surgery, such as basic lab work and an EKG to ensure absolute safety.
A firmer, flatter stomach is something that can boost a person’s confidence, whatever their specific life situation — at any age.