I've had slack skin since giving birth ten years ago, I'm due to give birth again in January. I haven't gained any extra weight, but I'm thinking of asking my doctor for a mini tummy tuck straight after having a C section. My slack skin has depressed me for years. What do you think? I live in Scotland, and was told another local lady had this done after giving birth.
Mini Tummy Tuck Straight After C-section?
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Best to wait months after having your last child.
I do not recommend any sort of tummy tuck procedures whether it is a full tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck at the time of childbirth or even immediately thereafter. It is best to wait several months to allow the intra-abdominal uterus to return to its normal size. Additionally, the skin will retract significantly on its own. My recommendation and the recommendation of a majority of my colleagues is to wait for months or even up to a year after having your last child before undergoing a tummy tuck operation.
I hope this helps.
- Dr. Bryson Richards
Mini Tummy Tuck Immediately After C-section?
Tummy tuck after C section
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Finally, the emotional trauma of delivering a baby and simultaneously undergoing abdominoplasty may be significant. Caring for a newborn in the early post-operative period would be difficult to say the least.
Based on these considerations we feel that C-sections and abdominoplasty should be staged. If you are considering abdominoplasty, consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon would be an appropriate next step. Your surgeon will most likely advise not having an abdominoplasty until you are fully recovered from your C-section.
Tummy tuck immediately following C-section
Best of luck,
Your body needs time to heal before a tummy tuck.
Mini-tummy tuck after c-section.
Do not combine cesarean section with a tummy tuck
I agree with many of my colleagues here that it is not a good idea to combine any kind of tummy tuck with a cesarean section. Your body and your abdomen need time to heal after pregnancy and a cesarean section. You should allow your body to heal and your skin and muscles to shrink for at least 6 months after your cesarean section before considering surgery. Then, I would meet with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your situation in more detail.
I hope that helps and wish you all the best!
Tummy tuck should not be combined with C-section
Unfortunately, in this instance, one-stop surgery isn't appropriate. It is important to regain your pre-pregnancy weight and shape as well as to recuperate from the pregnancy prior to making decisions for surgery. After C-section, a full abdominoplasty is generally required to tighten the musculature and a mini-tuck would not be the operation of choice. You should focus on the important issue here-healthy mother and baby-and deal with cosmetic surgery at a later time, both from psychological and certainly physiological considerations.
Mini or full tummy tuck?
Thank you for the question.
Generally, not the best idea to have abdominal contouring surgery immediately after C-section.
In my opinion, the mini tummy tuck is an operation that produces very limited results and is very rarely indicated. It involves a shorter incision but does not address the majority of the abdominal wall issues present for most patients who present consultation. For example, the area of skin excised is quite small. The abdominal wall musculature is addressed below the umbilicus leaving the upper number wall potentially lax. The appearance of the umbilicus is not necessarily addressed sufficiently.
For most patients who have had pregnancies and/or weight loss a full abdominoplasty is necessary to achieve the desired results. Of course, there are downsides (including a longer scar and probably a longer recovery time) but for most patients the benefits outweigh the downsides. It is not unusual to see patients who've had mini tummy tuck surgery present for revisionary surgery.
I hope this helps.
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