Tummy Tuck and Age: Here’s What Actually Matters

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Even though women and men often think they’re too old for cosmetic surgery, age really isn’t a critical factor when I assess whether someone is a good surgical candidate. That’s especially true for my tummy tuck patients in Austin, many of whom believe abdominoplasty is a “young person’s procedure.” Not true. A patient’s overall health is much more important than their age.

People consider having a tummy tuck for many different reasons and at various stages of life. Women who have just finished having children often want to regain their pre-pregnancy figures. Some patients who’ve undergone weight loss surgery want to remove excess abdominal skin.

I’ll describe below the characteristics of an ideal tummy tuck candidate, regardless of age, and how recovery and results can vary for younger and older patients.

If you are interested in learning if a tummy tuck is right for you, please request a consultation or call (512) 288-8200 to schedule an appointment to meet with me to discuss your needs.

What qualifies you for a tummy tuck?

When I consult with women and men considering tummy tuck surgery, we discuss their cosmetic goals, and I perform a thorough physical examination to assess overall health and suitability for tummy tuck surgery. I also review each patient’s medical history. Some older patients may be better candidates than their younger counterparts because they’re in better health. Being a non-smoker and exercising regularly are essential criteria for anyone considering a tummy tuck.

What is the best age for a tummy tuck?

I evaluate each patient’s situation. A woman in her 20s, 30s, or 40s who wants a tummy tuck after having children may also be considering cosmetic breast surgery or other procedures as part of a mommy makeover. In this situation, the ideal candidate should be as close as possible to her ideal weight and not plan to have more children.

Older patients, say in their 50s or 60s, should also be close to their ideal weight and have healthy lifestyle habits to ensure they get the best results.

For example, one of the patients I feature on my Dr. Piazza’s Perspective on Tummy Tuck Cases page is a woman in her 60s who pursued her career and raised children before choosing to get a tummy tuck. Over the years, she remained in good physical shape by exercising and watching what she ate, but she was always self-conscious about her abdominal area. Because of her good health and physical condition, she was an appropriate candidate for tummy tuck surgery.

As a side note, I find working with more mature women in cases like this to be quite satisfying. For many women, this is often the first time in years that they’ve made their needs a priority, and I’m excited about helping them achieve the appearance they desire.

Tummy tuck before and after

*Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Does age affect tummy tuck recovery?

After cosmetic surgery, each patient’s recovery is unique. People of all ages who are in excellent physical health prior to surgery tend to bounce back more quickly from the procedure and have less risk of post-op complications.

There are, however, a few general distinctions affecting the recovery of younger and older patients. For example, younger patients tend to recover more quickly than older patients. That doesn’t mean older men and women shouldn’t get tummy tucks, but it’s helpful to know what to expect.

Also, patients with young children at home need to understand that they won’t be able to lift toddlers during the recovery period. Restrictions on lifting are something to consider if your job or lifestyle requires heavy lifting, but remember, that is only temporary.

Is getting a tummy tuck worth it? What are results like?

Tummy tuck surgery results will vary depending on a person’s age. For example, a younger patient can expect to see very smooth abdominal skin after abdominoplasty. However, an older patient’s skin is typically less elastic than that of a younger person and won’t automatically “snap back” to fit the body’s new contours.

Of course, each patient’s results may vary, and I encourage you to view our gallery of tummy tuck before-and-after pictures to see the results of previous patients who are of similar age and body types.

I also recommend reading about how women with different concerns and situations can benefit from tummy tuck surgery on the “Dr. Piazza’s Perspective” page I mentioned above.

If you are ready to talk about your plastic surgery options for tummy tuck in the Austin area, use our online form to request a consultation. Or call us at (512) 288-8200 to schedule an appointment.

18 Responses to Tummy Tuck and Age: Here’s What Actually Matters


    I just want to look at the before and after.im too old and fat and broke to get one.so I’ll just look and keep trying to eat right and some exercise .

  • Debbie says:

    I have excess skin from c-sections that hangs right above the bikini scar. It has gotten even worse since I lost weight. Please help me. I have limited funds and am a retired army veteran.

  • Patrice brown says:

    I am 56 years old my abdominal area is loose and hangs a little over my bikini area. I just want a smaller waistline wo any health complications

    • pzz-admin says:

      Thank you for your comment. I would be happy to schedule a consultation to assess your needs and determine the best treatment to help you achiveve your goals. Please contact my practice at (512) 288-8200 to schedule an in-person or virtual consultation. – Dr. Rocco Piazza

  • Hope Creasman says:

    Will I be able to pull up the fatty tissue so it does not cover the area or go down into the area where the legs meet the trunk and folds over to cover this area. It becomes too moist and smells unless I put deodorant or powder there to keep it dry.

    • Rocco Piazza says:

      We definitely understand your concern. A tummy tuck can most definitely help with hygiene in the area under the skin fold. Excess skin in the lower tummy is removed with a tummy tuck procedure. Please contact my practice at (512) 288-8200 to schedule an in-person or virtual consultation. – Dr. Rocco Piazza

  • Grace Sanchez says:

    my concern is l want to get rid of all this lose hanging skin or fat how ever you wanted call it. and all that fat l wanted in my butt area because, for one l want a nice firm butt. I’m so flat and so self-conscious about myself and body. my stomach is so ugly and it goes across side to side. that’s why I don’t want to be in a relationship with anyone. is so very Embarrassing. please HELP ME! But I want to go to some one who really knows what they are doing and how their doing it. l never been to one in my life. So this is very very important to me. Truly Sincere Ms. Sanchez.

    • Rocco Piazza says:

      Thank you Grace. We are more than happy to arrange a Virtual Consultation to discuss your concerns. Please contact my practice at (512) 288-8200 to schedule an in-person or virtual consultation. – Dr. Rocco Piazza

  • Rita says:

    I’m 66 and 180 pounds. I have this “apron” that makes me depressed. I’d like to believe I have 20 yrs still and even though I’m older I’d like to be happy the rest of my yrs. considering these factors do you sees simple procedure to only remove the excess a possibility?

    • pzz-admin says:

      Thank you for reaching out. Yes, I can perform a tummy tuck procedure that includes removing excess skin and fat from your abdomen. Please contact my practice at (512) 288-8200 to schedule an in-person or virtual consultation. – Dr. Rocco Piazza

  • Nancy Cologna says:

    I am 58, weight is 125, I lost about 25 lbs over the past year, slow and steady, and lost a lot of bloat, now my abdomine shows my loose skin from baby, a long time ago, when I gained a lot of weight when I was pregnant. It looks weird. I am physically active and always exercisied but dropped out if that habit for a few years, now back I the routine and I eat a very good, healthy diet, but the loose skin is daunghting.
    Is a tummy tuck a procedure for this situation?

    • pzz-admin says:

      Thank you for contacting us. I recommend scheduling a consultation so that I can assess your needs before determining a treatment plan. Please contact my practice at (512) 288-8200 to schedule an in-person or virtual consultation. – Dr. Rocco Piazza

  • Pamela Pitts says:

    Dr. Piazza, I am 71 years old. I have always attached my self-worth to how I looked. I don’t mean to sound narcissistic but I I have always been told how beautiful I was in the past and even so now. However, I now have a stomach that extends out to look like I am 6 months pregnant. It has just happened over the past year or so. It refuses to go away. It is so very embarrassing to me that I have been hiding out at home and will not go out in public. I feel so ugly now that my stomach is so big. It is not sagging. It is hard. Would you be able to give me back my flat stomach by doing a tummy tuck?

    • pzz-admin says:

      Thank you for your interest. I’d be happy to assess your needs and discuss options with you. The best way to determine the correct procedure for you is to schedule a consultation. Please contact my practice at (512) 288-8200 to schedule a consultation. – Dr. Rocco Piazza

  • Sid says:

    I had a c-section 14 years ago. I still have excess skin from the one c-section that hangs right above the bikini scar. I’m newly 51, 5’4” 135lbs, toned, and fit , I exercise a lot.
    I’m not looking for anything over the top, just a clean neat finish. I also have a little bulge over the upper part of my bellybutton that would need to be lipoid, I think.! With all this said, I want to keep my bellybutton. Fingers crossed. Lol

    • pzz-admin says:

      Please contact our office at (512) 288-8200 to schedule a consultation for a tummy tuck. We would be happy to help.

  • patrice williams says:

    Hi my name is patrice I am 180 lbs. My PROBLEM is my stomach is hard to loss its is not big but dimples r present. I do have plan to loss 20 lbs in the next 6 mos. Also not only my stomach my breast was always small so as I loss weight they are nothing .I am 63 years old I need help I am exercising now I feel I will be ready in 6 mos.

    • pzz-admin says:

      Thank you for reaching out. We would be happy to schedule a consultation for you once you’re ready. Please contact the practice at (512) 288-8200 to schedule a consultation. – The staff at The Piazza Center

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