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47 Doctor Answers | Asked by proudnavyaowife in Fallon, NV
First of all, congratulations on your new baby! While you are enjoying the new addition your body will be returning to its normal state. I will occasionally get a call from a patient that wants to have a tummy tuck immediately after having a baby. This is not a good idea since the hormones will affect the elasticity of skin not to mention the increased risks of bleeding including from the uterus. The best amount of time to wait depends upon whether you are breast feeding or not. Breast...
The most important thing is to loose most or all of the pregnancy associated weight gain before a tummy tuck. Your body needs at least 6 months before considering tummy tuck surgery.
There are many reasons to wait six months before having a tummy tuck. The deep layer, or fascia is both ripped and stretched. The stretching is largely recovered by 6 months; the ripping of course is not. That is what the deep layer of the tummy tuck improves. The hormones that cause the deep fascial layer to soften to accommodate the baby are no longer active by six months. The tissues literally hold stitches better. This is one of the many reasons most plastic surgeons won't perform...
Thanks for the great question Fallon - In my San Francisco area practice there are several things we look for when performing a tummy tuck after pregnancy in order to insure a great result. The first is that you are at or close to your ideal body weight. Many times pregnancy pounds take some time to come off. Patients get a better result when most of this weight is gone. Second - a new baby can be a big strain on the household. Surgery can make that more difficult. Issues like having...
I generally advise patients to wait until after having children to get a tummy tuck. I usually have them wait at least 6 months after pregnancy to let the abdominal wall muscle structure absorb and a year would be preferable before getting an abdominoplasty. This will allow for normal restoration of the abdominal wall and this will allow for the patient to lose a lot of their pre and post partum fat and get in optimal shape for abdominoplasty.
I tell most of my tummy tuck patients to wait at least a year until they have surgery. This allows your weight to normalize and stabilize, and it also allows the abdominal skin time to naturally retract as much as possible. I have had patients who had either abdominal or breast surgery 6 months or so after having a baby, and although they thought that they were down to their "pre-pregnancy" weight, they continued to lose weight after the surgery, and it definitely led to worse...
It is important first to be as sure as possible that this is going to be your final pregnancy. Secondly, at least 6 months are necessary to have your body reach its own final improvement after delivery. Finally, remember that while a tummy tuck in the hands of a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is an excellent way to improve your abdomen, there are risks involved, even the very rare fatality. So while it is great to do this operation, do not take it lightly and go to the right doctor!
You want to wait several months after pregnancy before you have a tummy tuck inorder to let your uterus size return to normal. this will enable the plastic surgeon to really tighten your abdomena and thus give you the best result. Also, you can not breast feed after anesthesia, so you should also be done with breast feeding.
It is important to wait 6 months to have a tummy tuck as your body is still adjusting from the pregnancy. If you plan to lose weight, do it before you have a tummy tuck. Always go to an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon (certified by the American Board of Plastic surgery) and have a full consultation with evaluation.
A tummy tuck can be performed after the uterus has shrunk to its normal size around six weeks. However if a pregnancy is considered within the coming five years, I recommend completion of the familly first. I have had a few patients having children after a tummy tuck without any problem or major reoccurence of the deformity, but I do not encourage it.