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Will a Tummy Tuck Affect Possible Pregnancy?

I am scheduled to have a tummy tuck in March, although I am uncertain if I'll have more children.

What are the main risks in getting pregnant after a tummy tuck, and is there a possibility that the results of the tummy tuck will hold after the pregnancy?

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No issues but reverse

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A tummy tuck might be reversed after pregnancy but there is no true danger should you get pregnant after a tummy tuck, just know that if you do, some of the effects of the tummy tuck will be reversed .

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Miami Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 57 reviews

Pregnancy Not Affected by Tummy Tuck

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There should be no problems relating to the Tummy Tuck and  having a full term pregnancy and give birth to a healthy child. following a tummy tuck, but if you plan on being pregnant in a few years you should probably wait until your last pregnancy is finished. A pregnancy may reverse  some of the benefits of the tummy tuck  A  tummy tuck revision can be done after your last  pregnancy.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

Tummy Tucks - Wait till you are done with kids

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Dear Anabelle,

It is in your best interest to reserve the tummy tuck until you are done having children. (This is a simplistic view, but it makes the point.) Children stretch out the abdomen, and normally this results in stretch marks on the lower abdomen. When a tummy tuck is performed, the "normal" upper abdominal skin is stretched out to cover the full abdomen. This makes the skin thinner, and resets the tone. If you have another child, you will again likely get stretch marks, they will probably be worse (covering a larger area of the abdomen), and it is unlikely that you will be able to get rid of all of them with a repeat tummy tuck. My advice is that if you are planning another child, hold off on the tummy tuck. If you happened to have performed a tummy tuck and your plans regarding children changed, don't stress too much - children are wonderful and are worth all of the efforts involved! (At that point you can consider what to do next regarding your abdomen - but it is not the "most ideal" scenario.)

I hope gathering all these opinions helps form your own.

Dr.B

Web reference: http://www.thedallasmommymakeover.com/tummy_tuck.html

Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Pregnancies after tummy tucks

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Anabelle,

This is a very common question, and the answer -- in my opinion -- is quite simple: wait until you are done having children.

You can become pregnant after a tummy tuck, and it will not adversely affect your child, but you will undo everything you have achieved with the tummy tuck. So you will have wasted your time, money and recovery on the operation. And having another tummy tuck after the pregnancy, may not give you as good a result because of how the pregnancy will expand the already contoured abdominal wall.

If you are not sure about more children, wait on the tummy tuck until you are. The tummy tuck is an elective operation -- there's no rush to have this done (from a medical standpoint). So, wait until you know for sure. I'm sure your plasitc surgeon would give you this same advice.

Best always,

David B.

Knoxville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 72 reviews

Tummy tuck before having more pregnancies not the best idea

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I have had a few patients who did not plan to have another child, but did and there were no problems with it after having had a tummy tuck, so you shouldn't worry about that.

However, the tissues will likely stretch out again, which is unavoidable because the hormones of pregnancy are designed to allow that sort of stretching for the process of childbirth. But having had a tummy tuck previously, doing another one may not work out as well, so the best advice is to wait until you are sure.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Pregnancy will tend to undo the results of your tummy tuck

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Having a tummy tuck will not prevent you from getting pregnant and will likely not affect your pregnancy. However, the stretching of your skin and muscles with pregancy will tend to undo the results and you may have to redo the surgery. If you feel that there is a pretty good chance that you will have another child, then it would be best to wait until your family is complete before having your abdominoplasty.

Huntsville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

Becoming pregnant after a tummy tuck.

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I have had 3 patients unintentionally become pregnant after a tummy tuck, one of them being my office staff. In all cases, the results of the tummy tuck did not hold but I beleive the outcomes were not as severe as their prior pregnancies. I attribute this to greater awareness about nutrition and limiting weight gain during their subsequent pregnancies. In only one of these patients, my office staff member, did I repeat the tummy tuck. I have on occasion repeated full tummy tucks on previous patients who have had tummy tucks.

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Pregnancy after tummy tuck

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I am not aware that there ant increased risks to being pregnant after a tummy tuck.  The only real problem is in stretching out the result and possible needing to redo it.  Of course, there are times this won't be necessary but this can't be predicted reliably. 

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Seattle Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

A Tummy Tuck is best done After having had Children

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There is not much point in having a tummy tuck and then expanding it with one or more pregnancy. Although the pregnancy itself is not likely to be affected by a previous Tummy Tuck , a revision or re-do Tummy Tuck will be more challenging. You should seriously considerthis advice.

Dr P Aldea

Memphis Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

Pregnancy after a Tummy Tuck will ruin results

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Although there is no health risks with pregnacy after a tummy tuck, it can certainly ruin the results. I would reccommend waiting for your your abdominoplasty until after you are done having children.

Medford Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

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