Question about the age limitation for the plastic surgery is a common one in the surgeon’s office. It is not an easy question and the answers are very complex taking into consideration patient’s lifestyle, mind-set, attitude toward themselves, genuine health benefit as post-injury operation and how the surgery may help in their everyday life. Should a 17-year-old girl undergo breast implant surgery? Is it appropriate to encourage an octogenarian to do the facelift under general anaesthesia when it might post a great risk at that age? A thorough interview is always preceding every operation and surgeon always ask what are the patient goals and effects he or she wants to achieve thanks to the operation.
Tummy tuck is one of those procedures which helps to reshape your body after the pregnancy or significant weight loss, but it also tightens your stomach’s muscles and that has significant medical benefits as improving the posture and relieving certain types of back pain. So the question is what is the tummy tuck age limit?
Am I too young for abdominoplasty?
The abdominoplasty is not a weight loss surgery, though during the procedure the fat is also removed. There are few factors to be taken into account when it comes to safe tummy tuck – you have to be close to your ideal weight and your weight should be stable for at least a year before the procedure. The person has to reach their full physical maturity. For women there is also a question of getting pregnant after tummy tuck – it is of course possible, however having a baby may reverse some of the corrections after tummy tuck. In UK the patients over 16 can consent to a plastic surgery, however it is quite rare for teens as young as 16 or 18 to undergo abdominoplasty; the sole reason is they lost significant amount of weight which left excess of loose skin. There are cases that some patients as you as 12 have done tummy tuck as the result of bariatric surgery, but that is not the norm.
Am I too old for a tummy tuck?
There is no upper limit for the patients thinking about the tummy tuck. Your physical health and fitness are the main factor in determining how well you will tolerate the general anaesthesia and how well will you do during the convalescence – the age will not always determine that, as there are very healthy and resilient seniors and people in their twenties with very poor health. Again, for female patients it is generally advised to do tummy tuck after they finishing having children, because the results of the surgery may be adversely affected.
Of course with age the skin elasticity decreases, as the collagen production declines, so it is extremely important to have realistic expectations about the results. There are blood tests done before the procedure as well as heart and lung function tests helping establish if the tummy tuck can be done. Patients in good shape can expect the best results, especially if they will maintain healthy lifestyle afterwards.
How old is too old?
Truth be told, there is no maximum age to do the tummy tuck. To minimize tummy tuck risks, patients have to be in good physical health – not overweight, with no serious medical conditions and it helps greatly if you avoid alcohol and do not smoke. Surgeon operates regularly adults who are over sixty or seventy even. However, you should bear in mind that older you get the risk of the post-op complications increases no matter what type of surgical procedure we are talking about. Another factor to consider is that the recovery time after surgery is longer, as older body does not heal as effectively and quickly as it used to.
What benefits has abdominoplasty for seniors?
With age the skin is getting loose as is does not produce enough collagen to keep it firm. Sagging skin is a part of becoming older and tummy tuck after 50 year old seems to be a great way to get rid off it. the main idea behind abdominoplasty is removing the excess of skin and tighten up tissue and muscles and it will work great for elderly, as it gives your stomach a firm and tight look and decrease the size of your waist. That will give you a boost of confidence to feel good again in your body.
Options of tummy tuck for you
Some options of tummy tuck works better for older patients, even with a higher risk of complications associated with age. As there are different types of tummy tuck from traditional abdominoplasty or extended tummy tuck which are done under general anaesthesia, or mini tummy tuck done under local anaesthesia. Mini tummy tuck may be a good options for older patients who worry about putting their body under the strain of general anaesthesia.
You should enquire about the options available during a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon who may advise you what would be the best for you. During the examination, you should tell about your medical history and all the medications you are currently on. Explaining your expectations and the reason behind the decision of undergoing the procedure is also a part of the examination, so prepare all your answers in advance. That will help to assess if you are a good candidate for the procedure. If your overall health is good and you do not take any medications that may interact with the anaesthetic, you are ready to have the procedure.
Considering cheap tummy tuck, you should think about having abdominoplasty abroad. Tummy tuck in Poland cost half of the price in UK or Germany. Polish surgeons are highly experienced and our company cooperates with the best clinics of the biggest Polish cities.
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Klaudia has been working for a medical tourism company as a patient advisor for years. She has been helping a lot of patients from the UK, the USA, Scandinavia and many other countries. She knows very well foreign patients needs and she does her best to help them.
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