There is no upper age limit for abdominoplasty (tummy tuck surgery), but there are some considerations that will need to be made regardless of your age.
The best candidates for tummy tuck surgery are:
- In generally good health
- Close to their goal BMI
- Able to take time to recover
- Willing to follow pre and postoperative instructions
- Willing to take steps to maintain results
Having realistic expectations is also very important. Tummy tuck surgery can tone, trim, and define the midsection of the body, but its transformative abilities are limited by factors including the natural anatomy of the patient.
During your initial consultation, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Levi Young will listen to your concerns, assess your problem areas, and provide honest information about what abdominoplasty can help you accomplish.
What Does Tummy Tuck Correct?
Tummy tuck surgery can address:
- Separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti)
- Loose and sagging skin around the belly, hips, and waist
- Stubborn fat deposits on and around the belly
- Stretch marks
With abdominoplasty, excess fat and skin are removed from the frame to reduce bulk and help produce a smooth and well-defined appearance. In so doing, stretch marks are often eliminated as well.
A Note on Diastasis Recti
Diastasis recti is common in women who have had more than one child. This condition increases risks for low back pain and can allow herniation. It can also produce a noticeable bulge in the belly that will not respond to diet or exercise.
When abdominal muscles are reattached during tummy tuck surgery, the waist is drawn in as well, helping to produce a slimmer and more attractive figure. Strengthening the abdominal wall also helps improve comfort and balance, and can help ensure ideal posture as you age. This is just as important for people in their 20s as people 50 and older, making tummy tuck a suitable treatment for ideal candidates of all ages.
If you are curious to learn if abdominoplasty is a good fit for your needs, please call Advanced Cosmetic Surgery at 913-341-2188 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Young. Located in Leawood, we serve Kansas City and all surrounding areas of Missouri and Kansas.