After losing a significant amount of weight in the stomach, whether from pregnancy or a general weight loss journey, the skin is left stretched and hides the actual contour of the abdomen. Loose, hanging skin in the stomach can be frustrating for people who have worked hard to lose weight, as it conceals the body they’ve dieted and exercised for.

No matter how many miles you run and how many healthy meals you prepare, diet and exercise cannot help you remove excess skin or tighten torn muscles.

With a 95% “Worth It” rating based on thousands of reviews from patients on RealSelf, it’s clear that the tummy tuck is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the US, and for good reason: it promotes excellent results for a wide variety of people.

At What Age Do People Get Tummy Tucks?

Usually, women seek a tummy tuck in their 30s or early 40s, when they have finished having children and would like to restore their midsection. When diet and exercise fail to eliminate excess skin and fat in the abdomen and flanks, tummy tuck combined with liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for tightening the midsection.

A tummy tuck is not only for mothers, but the most common demographic of women seeking tummy tucks are mothers who include it in their mommy makeover procedure, which aims to rejuvenate the body after pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Women and men over the age of 50 and under the age of 30 visit Dr. Markarian for tummy tuck as well and are typically excellent candidates for safely tightening their midsection. Just as the face does, the body changes with age. Gravity and slowed production of collagen and elastin in the body can leave the abdomen loose, saggy, and puffy. A tummy tuck can fix that.

When Should I Get A Tummy Tuck?

To ensure your results are permanent, you should wait until you have finished having children before undergoing tummy tuck surgery. One of the most significant purposes of the surgery is to restore the stomach after having children, as pregnancy stretches the underlying muscles and leaves excess, sagging skin in the abdomen.

As most tummy tuck patients take up to a month off work to recover, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, it’s vital to ensure you are at a point in your life when you can commit to the recovery. If you have young children and no one to help care for them or currently have a very demanding job, it may not be the most convenient time to do so.

Also, ensure you are at a stable weight that you believe you can maintain long-term. To maintain tummy tuck results best, you should not fluctuate more than 15lbs from your weight at surgery. A tummy tuck is not a weight loss solution, and as mentioned by Better Health, it should not seen as a substitute for weight loss programs such as exercise.

Before considering a tummy tuck, first ask yourself a few questions:

  • Am I done having children?
  • Do I have significant loose skin in my stomach?
  • Am I at a stable weight?
  • Do I have a flexible enough schedule to undergo tummy tuck recovery?
  • Am I a nonsmoker?
  • Am I in good overall health?
  • Do I have realistic expectations of my results?

Tummy Tuck For Mommy Makeover

A mommy makeover includes a customizable group of procedures women choose based on their goals and concerns. A tummy tuck is the most commonly included procedure, usually called the “foundation” of the mommy makeover, because pregnancy leaves excess skin and fat around the stomach and typically stretches or separates the abdominal muscles.

Am I Too Old For A Tummy Tuck?

There is not necessarily an age limit to tummy tuck surgery. Dr. Markarian has helped patients as mature as their 70s get rid of excess skin and fat in their midsection and restore their stretched abdominal muscles with abdominoplasty.

As long as you are in good overall health and a nonsmoker, age is no reason to dismiss your ability to achieve confidence in your stomach.

What Is The Minimum Age To Get A Tummy Tuck?

As people of all ages may experience massive weight loss and seek solutions for extra fat and loose skin in the abdomen, tummy tuck is safe for most people 18 years of age or above. It’s important to remember, though, that if you have a tummy tuck at a young age, you may need to seek revision surgery in the future if you have children or your weight fluctuates dramatically after your initial procedure.

What Are The Benefits Of A Tummy Tuck?

People of many ages seek abdominoplasty as it creates a slimmer, more toned appearance in the body by removing stubborn, excess skin and fat and strengthening the abdominal wall. A tummy tuck is not only for aesthetic reasons, as many patients report improvements in function, not just confidence.

Here are some of the reasons people of many ages seek Boston tummy tuck:

  • Highlights natural curves and promotes an “hourglass” frame (especially when combined with liposuction)
  • Permanently tightens and strengthens weakened or separated abdominal muscles
  • Improves bladder function
  • Reduces discomfort caused by skin infections that occur with excess skin
  • Improves the shape of the abdomen to create a firmer, smoother contour
  • Helps to alleviate discomfort, such as back pain

If you are considering a tummy tuck at any age, schedule a consultation to meet with Dr. Mark Markarian in Boston to discuss if you meet the requirements to undergo a safe and successful body contouring surgery and how he can help you get the results you’ve always wanted.