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Hate My Post Pregnancy Belly

It has been nearly 9 months since i gave birth. i hate my belly and really wish it'd go back down. do plastic surgeons have rules of thumb on when it's appropriate to say a belly is permanent after pregnancy and suitable for a procedure like tummy tuck + lipo?

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When to have a tummy tuck

Stretched abdominal muscles and skin never goes back to original after a pregnancy.  Here is my recommendation: 1. Complete your family.

                                 2. Six months after your last child have a tummy tuck and claim back your pre-pregnancy body.  

                                 That is my rule of thumb recommendation to all my patients.

Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Post pregancy belly blues

Pregnancy does change the body permanently. However, there is hope! A tummy tuck is often the best procedure to restore a more attractive shape. Typically, this can be done once your body has reached a post pregnancy plateau. You will also do better if you are on a reasonable diet and are fairly active. Make sure your surgeon is board certified and has done many tummy tucks. Experience matters.

Tummy be gone: Post pregnancy tummy contouring

There is no exact time frame when it would be best to proceed with a tummy tuck + lipo procedure.    However, you ideally want to be done with having kids before considering definitive abdominal contouring.  

A tummy tuck (also called abdominoplasty) is a very popular cosmetic surgery procedure. A tummy tuck can be an effective tool for shaping and sculpting the body for better body appearance and improved self esteem.

Sometimes no amount of diet and exercise can create a flat tummy. Tummy tuck plastic surgery actually tightens abdominal muscles and removes excess fat and skin from the stomach area to create a tighter, slimmer, smoother belly. A tummy tuck can be combined with other procedures such as liposuction of your waists or flanks (i.e. love handles) to fine tune your result

Patients choose abdominoplasty cosmetic surgery for a number of reasons, including:

Excess abdominal skin following weight loss; Weight gain (beer belly or spare tire) from a sedentary lifestyle; Abdominal fat that is resistant to diet and exercise; Stretched stomach muscles from pregnancy; Desire for a thinner profile; Desire to look younger and fitter; Desire to fit into clothes better.

I recommend you visit with an ASPS member plastic surgeon to further explore your options and to find out if you are a candidate for this procedure 

Should wait 6 months after preganncy to do a Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck can tighten the muscles, Remove the excess skin, get rid of stretch marks and reduce the waistline.

For best result, in our practice we wait for six months after pregnancy before operating on a patient.

Also, for best result, you should be close to your ideal weight.

Hope this is helpful.

Ali Sajjadian, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Mommy Makeover

A mommy makeover is designed to restore breasts and abdomen to pre-baby shape, or as close as possible. In some cases, women believe they actually look better after a mommy makeover than before surgery. It is important to research your plastic surgeon carefully.

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Permanent belly changes after pregnancy

Pregnancy does permanently stretch the muscles and skin - luckily, these changes are reversible with a tummy tuck. If you are finished having children this would be a great option for you. Make sure you see a board certified plastic surgeon who is a member of ASAPS. Best wishes.

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Hate My Post Pregnancy Belly

I prefer to wait about one year after the delivery of the child or children and I will recommend waiting longer if the woman is still breast feeding.  Once cleared, it is generally safe to proceed with a tummy tuck and liposuction at the same time.

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Garrett A. Wirth, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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If you are at the weight you are comfortable at, then 9 months is plenty of time since your last pregnancy and you can proceed with your surgery. Any residual that you have from the spreading of the abdominal muscles will need surgical correction.

Norman Bakshandeh, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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The Timing of Surgery Following Pregnancy is Very Important: Read More Here

Significant changes occur in a women’s body following pregnancy. Many of these changes are irreversible and require surgical intervention to correct. After pregnancy, women note changes in their breasts, abdomen, and fat accumulations in their hips and thighs.
The abdomen seems to be an area of particular concern for most women. After pregnancy, women will typically diet and exercise to improve this problem area. Despite their best efforts, they are often left with loose, saggy abdominal skin. This often adversely impacts their self-confidence and the quality of day-to-day life. For these reasons, many patients eventually seek abdominoplasty.
The timing of the surgery following pregnancy is very important and several issues need to be considered before proceeding with surgery. It takes time for your new post-pregnancy body to return to its new baseline following pregnancy. During this period, stretched skin may contract, a swollen uterus may shrink, and you may lose some of the extra weight gained during pregnancy. These changes need to occur before abdominoplasty is performed.
In addition, we recommend that patients be done having children, be in good health otherwise, have adequate child care, be done breast-feeding, and be within ten percent of their ideal body weight. If all these criteria are met, you should be an excellent candidate for surgery. Consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon will help you make this determination.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.