Liposuction and Tummy Tuck During C-section?

I am thinking of having liposuction, tummy tuck during c-section, is it ok? I'm 25 years old. I'm 12 weeks pregnant and I have one baby--she's 22 months old. She was delivered in c-section and I'd love to know the risks before doing it.

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C-section and cosmetic surgery

Alot of patients ask me about this, but this really does not make sense when you think about it. First, you are not at your normal weight. Second, you are all stretched out and need to left the tissues rebound back to where they started. Third, you are in a hypermetabolic state, with increased intravascular volume, etc. Not a good idea at all. I do not know anyone who would do this at the time of delivery.

Steven Wallach, MD

New York Plastic Surgeon
30 reviews

Wait, recover from c-section, then proceed with cosmetic procedures.

Abdominoplasty and liposuction aren’t recommended immediately following a C-section for a variety of reasons.These include the inability to make aesthetic judgments immediately following pregnancy, the mother’s overall health status, and the demands of a newborn child on the mother.

The timing of surgery following pregnancy is important, and several issues should be considered before proceeding with surgery.It takes time for a new post-pregnancy body to reach its new baseline following pregnancy, and during this transition it’s impossible to make aesthetic judgments.During this period, stretched skin may contract, a swollen uterus may shrink, and the weight gain during pregnancy may gradually disappear.This process takes three to six months and needs to occur before abdominoplasty is performed.

Ideally, patients should be within 10% of their ideal body weight and in good health otherwise.The majority of women who have undergone C-sections aren’t in good physical shape and are, therefore, not optimal candidates for surgery for a variety of reasons.These may include severe fatigue, a depressed immune system, possible blood loss, an increased potential for infection, and elevated estrogen levels, which can increase the risk of blood clots.

Finally, the demands of a newborn would make the recovery from these combined procedures very difficult.For instance, the use of post-operative pain medications would prevent the patient from breast-feeding.In other words, abdominoplasty might impact your developing relationship with your newborn child.

For all these reasons, it’s obvious that C-sections, liposuction and abdominoplasty should not be performed together.If you’re considering abdominoplasty and liposuction, it’s important to give yourself time to fully recover from your C-section.Once this has occurred, it’s appropriate to consult a Board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in this area.

Liposuction and a tummy tuck during a c-section is WRONG

Under no circumstances should you even consider doing this. While at a casual glance this might seem like a convenient plan, the idea of taking on the additional risk the day your new baby is born is irresponsible as a parent. Besides that, your body needs to fully recover from the preganancy before a surgeon would know exactly what you need.

Definately no!

Aside from the overly high risks in combining these surgeries with a c-section, it is often a waste of money too. You need to allow your body to get back in to pre-baby shape, then decide if you need something. To help do this, try and maintain the best shape you can during pregnancy - with the approval of your OB of course. This includes walking everyday and watching your weight gain. It is important to gain enough during pregnancy, but don't let it get out of control. This will not only reduce your risks during pregnancy, but will let you "hit the ground running" after delivery so that you can quickly get back in to shape. Good luck!

Robert S. Houser, DO
Robert S. Houser, DO
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
17 reviews

Cosmetic Surgery at time of C-section

Absolutely NOT! The risks, which may range from wound complications to blood clots to fatal outcomes, are in my opinion to catatrophic to recommend the procedures you request. I would recommend you wait at least 3-6 months or until full recovery, before you contemplate surgery....You are interested in cosmetic surgery, maximize your results by maximizing your starting point.

I recommend you visit with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to discuss your plans.

Good Luck!

Dr. C

John Philip Connors III, MD, FACS
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon

COMBINING liposuction and tummy tuck with a c-section too risky

Although we DO combine a tummy tuck with hysterectomies, very few plastic surgeons would feel comfortable combining a tummy tuck much less, a tummy tuck and liposuction with a C-section. The risks are too great.

A pregnant woman at term presents a surgical challenge in that your blood vessels are enlarged, the skin is over stretched and there is fluid retention - This makes marking and proper sizing and planning unreliable and inaccurate. Moreover, inflicting cosmetic surgical trauma on you at the time of your delivery, is foolish and risky. Even IF no complications occur from the tummy tuck (and they CAN occur), the longer recovery will be associated with uncalled for distancing from your baby and severe emotional upheavals.

Don't do it.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

Tummy Tuck, Abdominoplasty, Liposuction

Dear Sweet Sara

The combination of a tummy tuck and a c-section- although may be possible is a recipe for a bad result and would be very unadvisable. There are too many variables to control for getting a fabulous result. On top of this- your focus on your new born child is extremely important in this time period.

With Warm Regards,

Trevor M Born MD

Not recommended to have cosmetic surgery during a c-section

Although many woman think this would be a great time to have some improvements done, it really is not. Your abdominal muscles are stretched our. Your skin is stretched and you are at least 20 lbs. over your normal weight. Liposuction and other procedures during a C-section significantly increase your risk of infection.

You are best to wait at least 4-6 months following your delivery to think about any surgery on your abdomen. A qualified Plastic Surgeon will give you the same advice and agree to see you after you are back to your "fighting weight"

Good Luck with your delivery.

David A. Dreyfuss, MD
David A. Dreyfuss, MD
Orland Park Plastic Surgeon
6 reviews

Tummy Tuck and Lipo can't be done during a c-section

All the doctors above me have answered for you. You can not do a C-section with a tummy tuck and lipo. Not only is it physically impossible to get a great result (the uterus is too big to make the abdomen flat), it puts you at too many risks for complications. I do many C-section closures for OB-GYN doctors at Cedars Sinai Hospital as well as St. John's here in L.A. when asked to do so. But that is just a nice cosmetic closure. The moms come back for tummy tucks when the uterus has gotten smaller again.

Good luck.

Andrew T. Cohen, MD
Andrew T. Cohen, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
54 reviews

Don't do it

Although technically possible, the timing is asllwrong. Too much is going on with C-sections and too much risk to baby and mother at that time. Your body is also no at its normal nor stable state. These are prerequisites to body-contouring procedures. Having your baby, let your body go back to its normal state, maintain a good diet and exercise routine, then revisit the possibility of elective body-contouring.

Robin T.W. Yuan, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

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