I am pregnant now and I'm extremely eager to get plastic surgery after giving birth. You hear about celebrities receiving tummy tucks the same day as giving birth. I would like something like this. I am dreading the post baby fat stomach and don't want to wait. Any suggestions? I live in Philadelphia.
Can I Get a Tummy Tuck Minutes After Giving Birth?
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Tummy Tuck with C-section
A tummy tuck should be delayed until an ideal weight can be achieved to give the best result in mommy makeover after pregnancy.
The best result will be provided by waiting for the optimal time for surgery
Thank you for the question. A tummy tuck can be performed in conjunction with a c-section but you must remember that your body is still geared up for pregnancy at that time meaning that you uterus is still large, your tissues are still swollen, and you may be caring some extra weight. If you want the best result possible for the money spent I would wait at least a couple of months before having an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). This will allow your body to return closer to its pre-pregnancy status and will also allow you to spend time with your newborn without having to deal with the tummy tuck recovery.
All the best,
Dr Remus Repta
Tummy tuck not advised with concurrent C-section.
Although surgeons will occasionally add operations together concurrently, it is done so knowing that these combination procedures don't add significant risk. A tummy tuck done concurrently with a C-section would be physiologically too much to justify the combination.
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Tummy tuck after giving birth
Hello, Leese, thanks for the question. I agree with the other plastic surgeons ... I strongly advise against having a tummy tuck immediately after giving birth. I don't know of any board certified plastic surgeons who would do this, and I would also strongly suggest that you only have your tummy tuck by a board certified plastic surgeon.
Your body needs to heal and 'get back to normal' after 9 months of pregnancy ... you lose weight, your uterus shrinks, the tummy skin shrinks, etc. This process takes several months, and you should allow your body to heal naturally before proceeding with a tummy tuck.
I wish you all the best.
TummyTuck Immediately after Giving Birth is not a good idea.
Tummy tuck immediately after giving birth is not done for a number of reasons.
Regardless of whether you have a vaginal delivery or a C-section, your body needs to recover from your pregnancy and a tummy tuck will prolong this process.
More importantly, you will have a new baby to take care of, and should not burden yourself with the restrictions necessary for proper post tummy tuck recovery.
Finally, it is best to allow your abdominal skin and muscle tissues to be optimal condition when you have your tummy tuck. This usually takes at least 3 to 4 months, or more depending on your general fitness condition.
The vast majority of women recover their elasticity after pregnancy and have no need for a TT. You seem to be thinking about asking a surgeon to do something that is likely without benefit and with risk.
Once the baby is born, the intra-abdominal contents are still very large, making it impossible to properly judge the amount of tightening of the muscles and skin that are necessary.
The risk of blood clots is high for pregnancy and for TT, and the combination would be unacceptably high.
I may be missing something, but I haven't heard about celebrities having this combination. If I am mistaken, I would not be observing the first case of poor judgement by celebrities and their doctors.
Thanks for your question, best wishes for a successful pregnancy!
Immediate Tummy Tuck After Delivery
I do not recommend a "tummy tuck " immediately after delivery. While it might be possible from a surgical standpoint, looking at results alone you will not achieve the best possible outcome.
Immediately after birth your body has excess weight and fluid that was accumulated during pregnancy. In addition, your uterus is enlarged making it difficult to create a tight abdominal wall. I recommend you obtain your pre-pregnancy weight and are sure you do not desire more children before undergoing a "tummy tuck." The earliest I perform this surgery after delivery is around six months.
Tummy tuck right after delivery
I always answer this question by saying " 9 months up, 9 months down " !
It will take a while for your body to " snap back " and for some mothers it will be more or less extensive: sometimes 6 weeks, sometimes 1 year or more.
there are many factors to also consider which will make you postpone any tummy tuck:
- is this your last baby ?
- will you breast feed and how long for ?
- are you working at the same time ?
- any other medical problems ?
- do you have a lot of weight to lose ?
- and maybe you are slim and fit, will " snap back ", and will not need a tummy tuck !
so I would suggest you concentrate first on your baby, enjoy motherhood !
Florence Mussat MD
Tummy Tuck Immediately after Pregnancy?
Although your desire to improve the appearance of your abdominal wall is understandable, it is definitely not a good idea (for many reasons) is to have the tummy tuck operation performed immediately after delivery.
If I were you, I would wait at least (approximately) one year after pregnancy before seeking consultation with board-certified plastic surgeons.
Best wishes with the remainder of your pregnancy and enjoy your time with your newborn!
Tummy tuck and childbirth
While this might sound like a good idea to a patient, it is not a very good idea medically. You need to focus on your child and not worry about recovering from a tummy tuck. The recovery time can vary but may last up to 6 weeks. That is a burden that does not need to be added on top of raising a newborn. Also from a cosmetic standpoint, your body will undergo many changes after delivery, so the optimal results can be best delivered at least 6 months later. You may be surprised how your body responds and you may not even need to undergo the procedure. Congratulations on your new baby!