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Mark Johnson, MD, PhD
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Ask An Expert > Mark Johnson Message Board > My friend who is 68 wanted to get a tummy tuck, but the doctor told her he wouldn'to do it because at 68 he felt it was dangerous.
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My friend who is 68 wanted to get a tummy tuck, but the doctor told her he wouldn'to do it because at 68 he felt it was dangerous.
I'm interested, and I am 60, but worried that I may be too old too. I am in relatively good shape, but I do have a little high blood pressure,IBD,osteoporosis and osteoarhritis. How old is too old.

Plastic surgeon
Ellicott City , MD
United States
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Too Old for a Tummy Tuck?   June 18, 2011 5:30 PM

There really isn't a "too old" for surgery. It all depends on your health, not the number representing your age. There is no debating that as we age there may be problems brewing that we are not yet aware of. Therefore, a thorough work up pre operatively is necessary. Blood work, chest x-ray, and EKG are routine, and frequently I'll even schedule a stress test. There is no question that surgery is a stress on your system, so we want to be safe. The oldest patient I have performed a tummy tuck on was 72, in great health and did extremely well through surgery and recovery. www.DiscoverTheBeauty.com
Good Luck

Plastic surgeon
Miami, FL
United States
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  June 20, 2011 2:53 AM

Your friend must have an unknown medical issue that you do not know about. Is that possible?

Plastic surgeon
New York, NY
United States
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  June 20, 2011 12:52 PM

If you or your friend are interested in surgery, you both should go through a preoperative medical clearance with a cardiologist. If the doc says you are OK then you shoould be able to find a plastic surgeon for the right job.
Good luck from NYC

Cosmetic surgeon
Kennewick, WA
United States
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  June 20, 2011 3:36 PM

Age is not really the question, it is rather your overall health, whether any significant illnesses may contribute to poor healing or wound infection, and the general quality of your skin. 60 should not be too old, but I agree that if there is some question, a preoperative clearance is a good idea.

Kind regards,
Mark E Johnson, MD, PhD



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