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At what age is it appropriate to receive a tummy tuck?

Tara Whitworth
Nursing
Most cosmetic procedures are not recommended for individuals younger than 18 years old. Your doctor can tell you if you are a candidate for a tummy tuck procedure.

 

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Rather than looking at age only, we examine the  association to child birthing as well as weight fluctuation. Patients 18 or over do not require parental consent for an elective surgical procedure. We operate on patients for abdominoplasties from the mid 20s to the upper 60s depending upon the status of their health and whether they are a good candidate for the surgical procedure. All patients should undergo clear history and physicals by their internist as well as EKGs when over the age of 45 and full sets of labs including hemoglobin levels, coagulation panels, checking for clotting as well as beta HCG to evaluate for pregnancy. All of our abdominoplasty procedures are performed under general anesthesia by a Board Certified Anesthesiologist.
Erik A. Hoy, MD
Plastic Surgery
While there are no strict guidelines in terms of age for patients undergoing tummy tuck procedures, several conditions are clear. First, this is a procedure for physically mature patients (over the age of 18) who are appropriately mentally prepared as well. There is no definitive upper limit for patient age in those undergoing plastic surgical procedures, but since tummy tuck is one of the procedures associated with the highest rates of major complications in plastic surgery, patients should be healthy, with significant reserve capacity in the cardiac and respiratory systems. Therefore, it is probably advisable that patients over the age of 65 not undergo this procedure, though different surgeons may vary on this upper age limit.

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