What happens if someone accidentally got pregnant post Tummy Tuck?

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Pregnancy after tummy tuck?

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Thank you for your post. You certainly can have a baby after tummy tuck. In a tummy tuck, we are putting your body back together similiar to what you were like before you were pregnant. Your muscle tension, your skin and your fat contours are adjusted. Once you are fully healed from your surgery, your body is just as able to accept a pregnancy as it was before your first pregnancy. However, if your belly area stretched after your first pregnancy, then you are likely to stretch again after your next pregnancy. Most surgeons recommend to have a tummy tuck after you are finished having childern, however, in certain instances, such as starting to date again, or just not being happy with your post pregnancy body, then it makes sense to go ahead and have a tummy tuck. Just realize that you may need a revision later on.
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Pablo Prichard, MD

Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Pregnancy after a tummy tuck...

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You shouldn't have any concerns as you will invariably still stretch out with time.  Hope it goes well for you and your obstetrician should be able to provide you more information as to what to expect.

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
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Pregnancy after a tummy tuck

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Pregnancy after a tummy tuck is possible.  There should not be any significant drawbacks other then you may have repeat looseness and laxity of your belly. Most surgeons recommend holding off on a tummy tuck until they are complete with their pregnancies. Good luck to you. 

Gaurav Bharti, MD, FACS
Charlotte Plastic Surgeon
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What happens if someone accidentally got pregnant post Tummy Tuck?

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Pregnancies can occur after a tummy tuck and should not cause a problem. Your obstetrician should feel comfortable with this.

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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What happens if someone accidentally got pregnant post Tummy Tuck?

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Thank you for the question. 

Generally speaking, patients are able to have normal pregnancies after tummy tuck surgery.   Check with your own OB/GYN  about the general risks associated with pregnancies for patients in your age range.

Depending on weight gain/loss,  changes in skin elasticity,  genetics etc. revisionary surgery may be necessary after the pregnancy. Best wishes. 

Pregnancy After Tummy Tuck

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Assuming the person was not pregnant on the day of the surgery, it would likely take a good 5 months before the abdomen starts stretching out.  The abdominal scar may stretch and the tissues may stretch, leading to excess skin and stretched abdominal muscles again, like they probably were before the surgery.  There is usually no danger, however, just less than ideal long-term results, possibly requiring another tuck.

Emily J. Kirby, MD
Fort Worth Plastic Surgeon

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