Can You Have a Baby After a Tummy Tuck?
- Asked by Jess in need of in harlingen, Texas
- 4 years ago
How long after a tummy tuck and body sculpting can another baby be planned? I am a single mom who is scheduled on June 23rd for a tummy tuck and body sculpting. I would like to know how long I should wait till it's safe, in case I decide to remarry and have another child.
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Pregnant after Tummy Tuck
Tummy tuck surgery will not affect your pregnancy at all. During a tummy tuck your muscle is repaired and excess skin and fat are removed. When you are pregnant after your surgery you may compromise the muscle repair and possibly create hanging skin or stretch marks again.So you may or may not need a revision. A good canidate for a tummy tuck is someone that is done having children and are 20-30 pounds within there ideal weight.
Babies after a tummy tuck are great!
I happen to do a lot of tummy tucks in my practice and I've had several women get pregnant afterwards. The baby's have all been fine and I have NEVER needed to touch anybody up.
I will admit that during the pregnancy they seem to carry a little higher in the abdomen, but when all is said and done they still look great a year after the baby is born. I had one woman ask for liposuction in the flank area, but that has nothing to do with the tummy tuck - that's just a little baby fat left over after the fact.
In my opinion there is nothing better than having kids. Enjoy your pregnancy! Enjoy your family!
Baby after tummy tuck.
Yes, you can have a baby after a tummy tuck. I have had two patients that have (that I know of) become pregnant after a tummy tuck. Though we advise patients to wait until after their tummy tuck to conceive, sometimes patients have a change of mind. With this, I have noot seen any problems, other than some mild reurrent laxity. Both patients still looked better after delivery that they did before their tummy tuck!
Baby after tummy tuck
You may certainly have a child after having a tummy tuck. There is no reason to delay your tummy tuck, particularly if another pregnancy isn't imminent. I would wait at least until you're fully healed after your tummy tuck, a minimum of 4-6 months.
Is it safe to have a baby after tummy tuck
It sounds like you are not thinking of having children in the near future and want to enjoy the benefits of your tummy tuck since you are currently single. It seems that 99 out of 100 plastic surgeons would agree that having children after a tummy tuck is safe but ask "why would you do that, because you are going to stretch out again". After you are healed from the tummy tuck, say 4-6 months, it would certainly be OK from the safety point of view, but obviously if you were going to get pregnant that soon after having the procedure, you would just postpone it until after. The beauty of a tummy tuck and liposuction is how good you look. The difference between before and after can be life-changing. I see no reason to deny yourself that if you don't really know when or if you will be having more children. Just be honest with yourself: you may need a revision. If you can accept that, then why not have the procedure? If you are already in a relationship that may result in more children you would likely just want to wait until that issue is clarified.
For Lasting Results you should have a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) AFTER completing your family
It's best to wait until after your family is complete to have a Tummy Tuck, BUT...
Generally speaking, it is definitely in your best interests to avoid having to have two operations when one would suffice...
This is the central principle guiding the answers of my colleagues below- if you think that you may have more children, wait until after the last pregnancy (or until you are confident that you will have no more) to pursue a tummy tuck.
Becoming pregnant after your tummy tuck may necessitate having the operation re-done, at your repeat expense and risk (the risk is not greater the second time, but it is a second operation).
On the other hand, I think I see where you are coming from- you're a single mom and would like to maximize your appearance NOW...
It's not fair for us as plastic surgeons to say you should never date again, or that even though you are self conscious about your appearance you should not do anything about it until after your last child.
You as an individual need to weigh the benefits and the risks of proceeding with body contour improvement now versus waiting...
The benefits of proceeding now are that you will achieve the look you want sooner, be less self-conscious, and more confident as you re-enter the dating scene. The risks (aside from the risks of the operation in general) are that if you have another baby you may need to have the operation done again. Only you can decide whether this risk is worth it for you.
I would add that the benefit would seem more worthwhile the longer you might enjoy it- in other words, if you know that it will be 6-8 years before you become pregnant again, the benefit of looking good now may be more worth the risk of having a second operation than if you think it will only be 2 years before you have your next baby.
Give all of this your consideration, and when you're ready, be sure to see only a surgeon certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Web reference: http://www.DrArmandoSoto.com
No No No
I do not recommend having a TT unless you are finished with childbearing. It is safe to become pregnant after a TT, but the majority of the correction will be lost. You will be left with a long scar and a pouchy abdomen, secondary TT after pregnancy are not easy and the results are suboptimal. Just say NO!
Web reference: http://www.bodybyfinkle.com
Baby after a tummy tuck
Typically women come in after having completed their family to have their abdominoplasty. A tummy tuck is usually in two parts with a removal of the excess tissue and a reconstruction of the muscles of the abdominal wall. Of course you can have another baby after this. However, a pregnancy after an abdominoplasty can have significant adverse effects on the result which can include more bulging and excess tissue in the area. You should way these risks before getting pregnant again.
Wishing you the best.
Pregnancy after Tummy Tuck
Pregnancy after tummy tuck is not a problem, however it is difficult to predict how the result will hold up. It depends on your genetics, skin elasticity, body shape, previous baby weight, number of children and amount of weight gained with pregnancy.
I would wait at least six months to a year after surgery. You may have some resultant laxity and may need a skin tightening or even further muscle tightening.
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