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How Soon Can I Have a Tummy Tuck After Childbirth?

I gave birth to my son about four months ago. I'm already back on a healthy diet and have started exercising again. I have a lot of excess skin in the abdomen area and wondered how soon might I undergo a tummy tuck?

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Tummy tuck after a baby


If you are considering a tummy tuck, I would wait until you have lost the baby weight and your body is back to what it was.  This usually takes about 6 months minimum.

Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck


Wait several months until you have lost all of the weight during your pregnancy.  Hold off if you are planning another child!

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Tummy Tuck After Delivery


I would wait 3-6 months after your delivery.  To have the best results from a tummy tuck, you ideally want to lose your pregnancy weight.  Once your weight loss has stabilized, then you are OK to proceed.  In addition, make sure you are all done with having kids.  Remember, any future pregnancies can potentially undo all the benefits of a tummy tuck.  Best of luck. 

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Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Timing of tummy tuck after pregnancy and delivery


There is some controversy as to timing of tummy tuck after abdominoplasty. Some surgeons, albeit not many, perform this at the time of c-section. Most prefer to wait until a patient has reached a stable weight for some time which can vary from one surgeon to another in the 4-6 month range. Depending on your examination, I would consider this procedure at this point but it would be best for you to consult with local plastic surgeons regarding their specific advice.

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Waiting period for tummy tuck after childbirth


Generally, women should wait three to six months after delivery before they have a tummy tuck. You should also get a release from your OB before having the surgery. 

Also, I am glad to hear that you have started exercising again after delivering your baby. Women who get as close as they can to their ideal weight before having a tummy tuck usually get the best results.

Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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