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Suzann
one year ago
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If there any kind of age limit or concerns

My stomach is hanging over really bad and has bothered me many years. I am overweight, weight has been up and down, but no matter what, it’s still the same. Have some money now. I’m 63. Would it be more dangerous at this age, and/or not heal as well ?

Procedure: Body Contouring
Type: Question

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Steven Wallach
ASPS Surgeon
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Age specifically is not a contraindication. I have treated many women in your age bracket for concerns similar to yours. Your overall medical condition is most important. If you are relatively healthy, you are likely able to undergo the procedures that you are interested in. You are best to be seen in person.

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Thomas Fiala
ASPS Surgeon
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Hi Suzann. More important than your calendar age is your state of overall health. Do you have any problems with your heart or lungs? Are you a smoker? A diabetic? And so on.

If you are in good shape, it should be possible for you to have a tummy tuck with a baseline level of risk.

Best to discuss your particulars with a local Board-certified Plastic Surgeon.

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Debra Johnson
ASPS Surgeon
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Suzann, Certainly your general state of health is an important factor. Your weight, specifically your BMI, is also an important consideration. Women with a BMI over 30 have higher complication rates than women below 30. Weight loss is the most important thing you can do to reduce your risk. If you already have a BMI below 30, consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon regarding your abdominal concerns and find out what is possible. If your BMI is above 30, consider a medically supervised weight loss program if you can't do it on your own. If you can follow a home program, Weight Watchers is my favorite system of behavior modification for weight loss.

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John Obi
ASPS Surgeon

Suzann

Naturally before a decision could be made a thorough examination is required. Your surgeon will evaluate your problem area, your overall health and then be able to determine what procedure would be appropriate. A consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon should allow you to make a decision regarding the next step. Good luck!

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Edward Domanskis

As long as you are in good health, than your age should not matter. It may take you a little longer to bounce back from your surgery though. I have an office in Miramar in Florida and am President of the SAmerican Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons and have much experience in body contouring.

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Mark Eberbach
ASPS Surgeon

A tummy tuck is a big operation but health is the issue not age. A body mass index over 30 increases your risk so do the calculations. (Easy with internet). Then see a board certified plastic surgeon with the experience to give you great results.

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Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your excellent question. Assuming you are an otherwise healthy individual, there is no reason to assume your age will impact your ability to heal well. I would recommend seeing a series of ASPS board certified surgeons to discuss your desires and to discuss the best treatment option. Hope this helps

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Andrew Rosenthal
ASPS Surgeon

It's not the years, it's the miles! If you are otherwise healthy and have reasonable expectations, you would be a candidate. Often people who think they need a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) may just need a lesser operation including liposuction. Talk to a board certified plastic surgeon.

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Elizabeth Morgan

Your age is not an issue if you are healthy. It sounds as though you need a panniculectomy - removal of excess lower abdominal skin. Your weight may be a factor , e.g. BMI near 40, but your plastic surgeon will assess you and let you know. Have a consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in your area and find out what is involved.

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Matthew Camp
ASPS Surgeon
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Hello Suzann!

Many people in your age bracket undergo this surgery to improve their quality of life. Your overall state of health is important. Heart disease, diabetes, and other underlying health issues can undermine your results. If your BMI is over 30, there is a significant uptick in the rate of would healing issues. Removal of excess abdominal skin can greatly improve your quality of life. Seek a board certified plastic surgeon for professional guidance to obtain a safe, satisfying result

Matthew C Camp MD

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