How Soon After a C-section Can I Have a Tummy Tuck?
- Asked by MichelleG in Morrisville, North Carolina
- 4 years ago
I am 46 yrs. old and I have had 4 c-sections and another c-section for a hysterectomy last year in May 2008. Would it be too soon to consider having a tummy tuck and breast augmentation?
Since my last c-section/hysterectomy, I now have this sagging/pouch stomach and I can feel scar tissue inside under the incision and in the lower stomach region. Would this scar tissue also be dealt with a tummy tuck procedure?
Tummy Tuck after C-section
I think it is very safe to have a tummy tuck. Previous gynecologic procedures are common place amongst the tummy tuck patients. You can expect significant improvement in your abdominal scar tissue after this procedure. I wish you a safe and healthy recovery.
Web reference: http://www.drpaulgill.com
Timing of Tummy Tuck after last C-section?
In summary, you had 5 intra-abdominal operations through the same C-section incision, the last being OVER 2.5 years ago and now you want to have a Tummy Tuck and Breast Augmentation (Mommy Make Over). You are wondering if the timing is safe and if the scar tissue creating the pooch would be dealt with.
In YOUR case, 2.5 years is way more than adequate to go in safely and give you the figure you always wanted. (While every Plastic surgeon has his own criteria, most would agree it would be best to go in when the tummy skin is no longer swollen and inflamed allowing for the maximal removal of excess skin and the easiest operation. That can mean a wait of 4-8 months after the last C-section).
The old C-section scar will be removed along with all the skin below the belly button. Any scar between the lower tummy skin and underlying muscles will be removed at this time.
This is YOUR time. Go for it.
Dr. Peter Aldea
How soon after c-section for tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
This is controversial and while some surgeons may be willing to perform this at the time of c-section, the vast majority, in my opinion would prefer to defer this for a minimum of 4 months following successful healing and cessation of nursing. A tummy tuck is an excellent technique for improving the appearance of a bad c-section scar.
Web reference: http://www.bodysculptor.com/body-surgery-chicago/tummy-tuck/
Tummy tuck after h
I would probably have you wait about six months to allow for adequaste healing and for swelling to subside before doing the surgery you vrequested.
When to have a tummy tuck after a C-section
Tummy tucks are a popular and effective way to recontour the abdomen. These are very commonly done after a woman has had childbirth or a C-section. Pregnancy can change the body and abdomen of a woman and can often separate the two abdominal muscles causing a rectus diastasis.
Once you are done stealing from the C-section and have completed breast-feeding, patients should wait approximately 6 months before considering any abdominal surgery. This will give your body time to heal and allow your abdomen to return to its normal state before receiving its repair.
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How long to wait after C-section for tummy-tuck
Generally, it best to wait 9-12 months after C-section before having a tummy-tuck. You have already waited this long. The scar tissue you feel will be addressed by the procedure. You should also consider as to whether or not you are considering having additional children, as future pregnancy will most likely affect the results.
Now sounds like a good time
If you are in good physical condition and are healthy, you should visit an excellent plastic surgeon who does many tummy tucks and be evaluated. It will probably be a great option to give you a very nice, flat abdomen and the scar will most likely remove your old scars.
Web reference: http://www.randcosmeticsurgery.com
If you are happy with your current weight and are in good health, then you've waited plenty of time before pursuing surgery. Generally, the tummy tuck incision would be below your c-section scar and would remove it along with all of the scar down to the abdominal muscles. If the muscles have separated with pregnancy, those too can be tightened. Good luck!
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