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Tummy Tucks and Age: What Really Matters for a Great Result

By: Dr. Christopher Khorsandi



Whether you are 30 or 60, if you are looking to get rid of some of that stubborn midsection pooch or loose skin, a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, may be the procedure for you. Regardless of age, if you are a healthy individual at a stable weight, a tummy tuck can help you attain a flat, toned abdomen. Unfortunately, as we age and develop loose, excess skin, it oftentimes cannot be corrected through diet and exercise alone. This is why many Las Vegas area men and women seek cosmetic intervention with tummy tuck surgery. Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop sagging and loose skin around the abdomen that they just are unable to control.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi of VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV offers the highly individualized abdominoplasty surgery for women and men who want to tighten their lower abdomen and reduce the appearance of wrinkled skin. Abdominoplasty offers candidates a firmer, flatter stomach, giving them the confidence to feel comfortable in their clothes again. Many middle-aged individuals who desire this surgery may believe this is a “young person’s” procedure. However, that belief is simply not true. Dr. Khorsandi explains why.

More than just the number

Tummy tuck surgery is a cosmetic procedure that has less to do with age than it does about being in good overall health. Women in men well into their 60s and 70s are candidates for abdominoplasty if they live a healthy lifestyle and are in good medical health. These individuals can still enjoy the effects of a tighter tummy just as much as a younger person would. Afterall, age is just a number!

How age affects our midsections

There are many different reasons why one would consider a tummy tuck. Women who have had children and long for their pre-baby abdomen can attain solid results with a tummy tuck procedure. Also, women who have experienced changes to their bodies due to hormone fluctuations and slowing metabolisms are also in the market for this treatment. Both men and women who have spent their younger years going up and down with their weight and who are affected by the natural aging process may decide later on that they are ready to change the way their abdomen looks once and for all. Unfortunately, with age, women and men who have never gained weight before in their abdominal area notice a significant change. Fat begins accumulating in the stomach and even with a healthy diet and exercise routine, additional help may be necessary.

Your medical health matters

Just like with any cosmetic surgery, in order to maximize the results, it is important for Dr. Khorsandi to ensure you are a good candidate--especially if you are middle-aged or older. Good candidates include those who are in good health based on your medical history and a physical exam and either at or close to your ideal body weight. Las Vegas men and women considering a tummy tuck surgery should already be living a healthy lifestyle through consistent diet and exercise. This will ensure that after your surgery, you can enjoy your tighter, flatter stomach for years to come. Before abdominoplasty can be performed, it is important that you give up tobacco of any kind as it can compromise the results of surgery. It is important to discuss all of your medical conditions openly and honestly during your consultation.

Loose skin is your target

Loose skin that resides in the lower abdomen is usually the culprit for considering a tummy tuck as an older adult. Weight fluctuations over the years combined with the natural aging process can often leave our midsections looking their age. Regardless if you are in your 40s, 50s, or 60s, a tummy tuck aims to remove excess skin and tighten your underlying abdominal muscles for a more toned, firmer tummy. Men and women alike who have battled the bulge and pooch that is often age-related are elated to see the results that at tummy tuck can provide them. There are numerous tummy tuck options available depending on your specific body type and condition. Dr. Khorsandi will discuss these options with you during your consultation so that you can get the right result and rock your next decade!

Realistic expectations

Realistic expectations are an important consideration before any cosmetic surgery. These expectations will be discussed with Dr. Khorsandi during your consultation. While a tummy tuck can provide you with a flatter, firmer look, you will not walk out of surgery with a six pack. In addition, abdominoplasty is not a solution for weight loss. It is important that patients understand what a tummy tuck can and can’t do, as well as how to maximize their recovery efforts for a great outcome.

Whether you are 30 or 60, recovery is important. Restrictions including lifting, working out, and engaging in certain activities should be limited until you are fully recovered. Lastly, everyone’s results are different and vary with age. No patient is like the other, which makes your surgery unique and customized. During your consultation with Dr. Khorsandi, he can customize your surgical technique based on your specific body needs. Different options include a full, mini, or extended tummy tuck along with liposuction.

You are never too old to try something new! Whether you have contemplated tummy tuck surgery due to pregnancy, weight loss, or the natural process of aging, a tummy tuck can help you look and feel your best at any age. If you are unhappy with how your abdominal area appears, we invite you to call VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV. Schedule your consult today with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi and see why you may be a candidate for abdominoplasty.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.