Publishing note: We originally published this post on September 26, 2013, and updated it with the latest information available on February 1, 2016.
Body contouring procedures are often thought of by many as “young people’s” surgeries. It’s true these options can provide patients with beautiful results that are fun to show off with youthful fashions and swimwear. But we reassure our Syracuse and Albany NY patients interested in breast augmentation, liposuction, and tummy tuck surgery that the surgeries can be great options for older people, as well.
Though your closet may no longer be lined with bikinis and midriff-bearing tops, tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, can subtly enhance your figure, improving your silhouette even in full-coverage clothes. Patients who have tummy tuck surgery often report deeper feelings of self-confidence and increased satisfaction with their abdomens, which may have become unsightly after weight loss, childbirth, or menopause.
When a prospective patient visits us for a tummy tuck consultation, our surgeons evaluate many elements of the individual. Patient safety is always at the forefront of any doctor’s mind, especially when the patient is in his or her 50s or 60s. All plastic surgery candidates should be in good mental and physical health and able to safely undergo the general anesthesia required for tummy tuck surgery.
Because older individuals often have diminished skin tone and elasticity, a tummy tuck will not provide these patients with supermodel-caliber physiques seen in magazines. Instead, excess skin and fat will be removed, and abdominal muscles tightened with internal sutures. This technique creates a natural-looking, age-appropriate result. Most older tummy tuck patients don’t wish to look as they did in their teens or 20s — they’re simply delighted to be able to comfortably and confidently wear their favorite outfits.
If you still have questions, take a peek at our tummy tuck FAQ page to learn more.