Mini Tummy Tuck Straight After C-section?
- Asked by Lyndalou in Fort William Scotland
- 4 years ago
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.
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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As you can see by the responses it is NOT advisable to combine any type of tummy tuck at the time of the C Section. Just because someone in the community may have rolled the dice and gotten away with it doesn't mean the odds for uneventful healing are good. Play it safe and recover from the pregnancy/delivery then concentrate on the rebuilding process.
Tummy tuck after c-section
No way! You have to wait until you lose the weight and the skin retracts back and the body gets back in shape before having any work done on your abdomen.
Risks of tummy tuck immediately following pregnancy, delivery and/or c-section
I know of a surgeon who does this procedure but have concerns about this particularly related to the mothers metabolic state, nutritional status, anemia, attenuated tissues, potential blood loss, hypervascular abdominal wall, and possible contamination. I discuss these with all my patients and have not yet identified a patient or obstetrician who feel comfortable enough to proceed or incur the risk.
Web reference: http://www.bodysculptor.com/body-surgery-chicago/tummy-tuck/
Mini tummy tuck cannot be done straight after C-section
Very simple question has a VERY simple answer. NO! It could be considered malpractice, at least here in Florida. I did a quick sampling of 8 local Plastic Surgeons and 5 OB/GYN's.100% felt the risk/benefit ratio was too high and could be interpreted as a deviation from the standard of care issue.
Be careful out there.
Abdominoplasty after c section? Yes it can be done
If this is your last baby and you had stretched out skin after your previous pregnancies, an immediate tummy tuck can be done after a scheduled c-section.
Proceed with caution. It is probably not a good idea to schedule a c-section just so that you can have a tummy tuck at the same time. You should be planning a c-section for the health of you and your baby. You should be sure that the hospital where you are delivering, your OB-GYN, and the anesthesiologist are all comfortable with this combination of procedures. And you should have a surgeon experienced with tummy tuck do the tummy tuck. It is probably not a great idea to have the OB do the tummy tuck if he or she has not had plastic surgery training.
Combining these procedures does increase the risk of certain postoperative complications such as infection or vein clots in the legs, but not hugely. My tummy tuck patients are done on an out patient basis so your hospitalization will be determined by your c-section. Barring complications you should go home with the baby when the OB-GYN feels you are safe, the same as if you had only a c- section.
My patients have felt that they have friends and family ready to help with the new baby, but would not have that help or be able to take time away from their families if the tummy tuck were done later. The patients I have operated on have not felt that the tummy tuck made the recovery much different than their previous c-sections, and all in all, they have been pleased to have had the opportunity to take care of that stretched out belly at the same time as the delivery.
You should be healthy and have a medical team comfortable with this process. If you have that support in place, this combination of procedures can be safely done and result in a great outcome.
DO NOT DO A TUMMY TUCK at the time of a C-section!!
There is no indication to do a mini tummy tuck or any other kind at the time of a C-section. The tissues aren't ready for this and you increase your risk of complications that will prevent you from carrying for your newborn. Wait 6-9 months, and if you are done having children, then go to a real plastic surgeon and have a tummy tuck.
Web reference: http://www.randcosmeticsurgery.com
Mini tummy tuck straight after C-section is a MISTAKE
At the end of pregnancy, your tissues are swollen, the blood vessels are engorged and large and the likelihood of major surgical complications increases. Moreover, this is a CRUCIAL time in the bonding between mother and child, a time which should NOT be wasted with an inappropriate, poorly performed and ill justified procedure.
Please, allow me to explain.
In pregnancy, your six pack muscles are split apart and gradually pushed to the sides where THEY REMAIN despite any exercise you may do. In addition your skin and other muscles are stretched and rarely return to their pre-pregnancy position. Since the muscle split goes from the pubis to the ribs and the skin stretch is maximally around the belly button and is NOT limited to the lower tummy - ANY "mini operation (which is limited to working on the area between the belly button and the pubis) will FAIL to improve your looks and will NOT DELIVER THE FLATNESS you want and deserve.
As a mother of at least 2 children, a MINI tummy tuck would therefore be a waste of time and money and could well make your tummy look worse. Moreover, doing it just after a C section means you will be taking unnecessary risks for an ultimately poor result.
To learn more please read - http://www.cosmeticsurgeryspecialists.org/bodyprocedures/mommymakeover.html
Historically, Scotland has produced MANY famous surgeons and I know there are many qualified Plastic surgeons there who could do a MUCH better job on you than your family practitioner or Gyn.
Even though you are on the west coast, I would bet that Aberdeen, Glasgow and especially Edinburgh has very fine plastic surgeons. Seek them out 6-8 moths after having your last child and you will get THE best tummy DESPITE what "another local lady had this done".
Peter A Aldea, MD
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