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Tummy Tuck 6 Months After Giving Birth?

Is it safe to have a tummy tuck 6 months after giving birth through C-section?

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Tummy Tuck 6 Months After Giving Birth?

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Thank you for the question. Based on your history and description, you will likely be a good candidate for “mommy makeover” surgery at some point.  Best to wait at least 6 months to one year prior to seeking consultation with board certified plastic surgeons. Ask to see lots of examples of their work and communicate your goals clearly as well. Make sure that you are aware that this operation is associated with a very significant physical and emotional recovery period. Generally speaking, the “ideal” patient for tummy tuck surgery is one who has completed pregnancies, is psycho socially/emotionally/financially stable, has an excellent social support system surrounding him/her, is capable of arranging enough recovery time, does not smoke and who has reached a long-term stable weight.  For most patients in your situation I also use liposuction surgery as a contouring tool, most often used in the flank areas, mid-epigastric areas and pubic areas. I hope this, and the attached link, helps.


San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck 6 Months After Giving Birth

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Each patient and case is different. Some factors to consider is breast feeding (if the patient is breast feeding then surgery should wait), patient's weight (has it returned to the long term stable weight), patient's overall health, the patient's lifestage (is the patient considering having more children in the near future), and the patient's family and friend support.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Tummy Tuck Six Months

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Do you plan to have more children? If yes then I would wait. If no then I would certainly consider tummy tuck surgery for you at six months if I felt I could meet your expectations and perform the surgery safely and there are no contraindications. If you are ready, come in for a consultation with board certified plastic surgeon.

Richard Linderman, MD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Timing for tummy tuck

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6 months is adequate time after giving birth.  However, you should make sure that you have met the followings: 1) Stable weight for at least 3 months, 2) Not breast feeding, 3) Good health, 4) Good social support to help you and your baby post-operatively.

Sugene Kim, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Timing of Tummy Tuck after giving birth depends on your situation

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While 6 months is technically adequate time for your body, it is not the only factor if you want to have the best result. Ideally, before having a tummy tuck, you will have lost your pregnancy weight and be at a stable weight. You shouldn't be breast feeding. If you plan on having more children, it would make sense to wait until after you are done having children. Find a highly trained, board-certified plastic surgeon and let him evaluate you and advise you on the timing of this procedure.

Parham Ganchi, PhD, MD
Wayne Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Yes with some other criteria

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Yes - 6mo is the appropriate amount of time. But that assumes that you are not breast feeding and have also lost all the weight gained during pregnancy and feel that you have recovered from pregnancy. Also, you should be done with having children before undergoing a tummy tuck. Search out a board certified plastic surgeon and discuss your options as well as your specific medical history including pregnancy and previous c-section.

Bahram Ghaderi, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Yes, however keep this in mind

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Although there is no specific time when a tummy tuck should be done following pregnancy, 6 months is considered an appropriate amount of time to wait.

I feel the appropriate time to have a tummy tuck following pregnancy is if you are not planning additional pregnancies, and when you have lost your prepregnancy weight.

There are a few plastic surgeons (they are definitely in the minority) who will perform a tummy tuck at the same surgical setting as the delivery. The potential problem with this is the patient has not lost her pregnancy weight and when she does so, may experience less than optimal results.

Waiting at least 3-6 months following pregnancy is appropriate.

Good luck.

David A. Robinson, MD
Munster Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Yes - but

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I will do it 3 - 6 months after giving birth, unless you are breast feeding. Age also counts as I like to wait until you are done having kids. If you have a tummy tuck and have more children, you will ruin the beautiful result and you might need to do it again.

William B. Rosenblatt, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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No defined time for tummy tuck after delivery

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This is highly controversial and this is why you will get many different answers.

There are some surgeons, a small minority, who perform these at the time of the c-section. The vast majority of plastic surgeons prefer to wait until you have achieved a stable weight, however long that takes..

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

Yes

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Six months is fine as far as the scar goes.  What you do have to consider is if you've lost the pregnancy weight.  If you haven't completely than I would suggest waiting until your weight levels off.

Christopher L. Hess, MD
Fairfax Plastic Surgeon
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