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What age is too old for a tummy tuck if the person is in good health?

Q:

I am 61 almost 62 years old and in good health.  Am I too old to get a tummy tuck?

A:

There is no age that is too old for a tummy tuck if you are in good health. I once did a lady about 70 years of age. The last I heard, almost 20 years later, she was still doing well and enjoying the results. I do many people your age, and all are happy with the improvement. Make sure you get clearance from your primary doctor.

R.T. Buchanan, MD

A:

Dear Shirley,

You are not to old to get a Tummy Tuck. It is rather common these days to perform tummy tucks on patients in their sixties. If you are in good health and you've had lab tests, an EKG and have been cleared for surgery by a cardiologist or internal medicine doctor, then you may have the procedure performed.

Be sure, you look for a qualified plastic surgeon to perform the procedure which is also a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Best of luck.

R. Rosenstock, MD

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