Is It Safe to Perform Tummy Tuck Surgery Right After a C-section?

Can someone get a tummy tuck right after they give birth via c-section?

Doctor Answers 43

There are multiple reasons to NOT have a tummy tuck...

There are multiple reasons to NOT have a tummy tuck right after a c-section:

  • Your skin and muscles are stretched from the pregnancy. They will contract down significantly on their own - how much and how quickly is different in everyone, and this will dictate the type of procedure you would need.
  • You will have just undergone a major operation in the C-section, and we don't want to add the risk of complications by performing another one at the same time.
  • You will have just given birth, and will likely not only be exhausted from the pregnancy, but will now have to dedicate a tremendous amount of your time and effort to caring for your child - this is not a good time to have an elective procedure.

So I would wait, usually a minimum of 6 months after your C-section, before the tummy tuck. A little bit of patience early on will give you the best chance at an excellent, safe result.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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It is not safe to have a tummy tuck immediately after C-section

Wait a year before having a

tummy tuck

after a c-setion and it is best to wait until you are done having children.

It takes a year for your tissues to return to normal after childbirth. Your result will be much better after a year.

My opinion is that it is not safe to do the tummy tuck at the time of childbirth.

For a list of important factors to consider when considering Tummy Tuck after C-section visit the link below


A tummy tuck, if not "mickey moused" is a big procedure, one of the biggest cosmetic procedure we routinely do as plastic surgeons.

To combine that with a C-section and childbirth, by themselves very significant physiologic events, invites problems. Imagine the mother had a blood clot , a significant risk with pregnancy and C-section, and died... because they had a tummy tuck at the same time! Or the patient had a suboptimal "quickie" tummy tuck because the surgeon was nervous about the patient already being compromised from childbirth.

Structurally, the tissues after childbirth are very soft. They eventually shrink back and become firm again, and hold sutures much better after 6 months.

So I would avoid the temptation, the risk... and the substandard results.

Brent Moelleken, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 178 reviews

Not a good choice

Thanks for the question.

There are many reasons that this isn't a great idea.

First - having just given birth you're still carrying a significant amount of your pregnancy weight. A good abdominoplasty requires a patient be at their ideal bodyweight. You will absolutely get a substandard result.

Second - combining procedures (especially procedures as different as a C-section and a tummy tuck) can increase complications.

Third - and something people don't think about a lot - is the post-op period doesn't work well with a new baby. An abdominoplasty involves more than just cutting the skin. Muscle plication itself will require additional recovery and possibly narcotic pain medication that may make breast feeding more complicated.

You should wait until you're at your ideal bodyweight and have time to focus on your recovery.

I hope this helps.

Steven H. Williams, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

ABSOLUTELY NOT! Any plastic surgeon who did this...


Any plastic surgeon who did this combination during their American Board of Plastic Surgery exams would be immediately flunked and sent home as an unsafe surgeon. The tummy tuck surgery should be reserved for the right time - and it is not at the time of delivery.

Your life is at a very unstable point at delivery and needs to settle and stabilize before taking on the tummy tuck. Also your tissues need to shrink after pregnancy to know exactly how much extra you really have that needs to be removed.

Finally, please don't let your Ob/Gyn doctor try to do a tummy tuck on you - some do this and they are not properly trained to do this surgery.

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

Tummy Tuck right after c-section delivery - Don't consider it!

There are multiple reasons not to consider an abdominoplasty right after giving birth:

  • You have just delivered a baby! You will be spending a lot of time nursing your child and you want to be in as good a shape as possible during the early bonding time, rather than recovering from the tummy tuck.
  • Your abdominal skin and musculature is stretched out. A lot of the laxity will resolve on its own as your skin regains its natural characteristics. If you were to remove all of the excess skin present right after delivery, you would end up with a much longer tummy tuck scar than you really needed! Wait 6 months to a year and let your body get back to normal. Your surgeon will then have a better understanding of the dynamics of your skin and can give you the optimum result with minimal scar at that time.
  • A tummy tuck is a major operation that requires a lot of your body's reserves to heal. Right after delivery, your child really needs that energy (in the form of milk, love, affection, etc.) to start growing. Don't spend it on your stomach.
  • You might be thinking that you are already undergoing anesthesia for the c-section, so why not do the tummy tuck? True, but not quite. For almost all c-sections, regional anesthesia techniques (spinal or epidural) are used to help protect your child. The zone of effect of these techniques is generally not adequate for a tummy tuck, so general anesthesia would be needed. As a rule, for 6 weeks after delivery, general anesthetics are performed only for emergency surgery!! (So even the anesthesiologists would think this is a bad idea...)

Michael A. Bogdan, MD, FACS
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

Tummy Tuck after C-Section

Although it may be tempting to do a tummy tick at the time of a Cesarean Section, the convenience or seeming efficiency is not in your best interests. The tissues are a bit swollen and you won't get nearly as good a result as you would, if you wait at least 6 months.

Paul C. Zwiebel, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

Wait and you will get a better result

There are several reasons not to get a tummy tuck at the same time as your C-section:

  1. Circulating estrogens will generally result in a less favorable scar
  2. You will regain some skin tone and elasticity in the coming months after delivery. This would give a more accurate and tighter result.
  3. You will regain some muscle tone as well.
  4. You need to focus on you and your newborn baby. Not the time to be recovering from a tummy tuck
  5. C-section is arguably a less sterile procedure than a tummy tuck
  6. I would question the judgment of the PS doing the tummy tuck at the time of a C-section.
  7. It may not save you money anyway, particularly if the procedure could be done in an office operating room.

York Jay Yates, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 183 reviews

Tummy tuck immediately after C-section

Thank you for your question.  It is not recommended to perform tummy tuck simultaneously with C-section.  Tissues are significantly altered in their consistency and elasticity from pregnancy and childbirth, and can take several months to return to their "baseline".  This leads to extreme unpredictability in the amount of tissue that may need to be removed in order to achieve a desirable result.  I typically recommend patients wait at least 6 months after childbirth of any kind to undergo tummy tuck.

Joshua D. Zuckerman, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

Wait 12 Months!

A mini tummy tuck with excision of a small lower ellipse of skin is sometimes done by experienced Obstetrician or Gynaecologist however results are often compromised. A formal tummy tuck should wait 12 months including gym work and be one by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

Geoff Barnett, MBBS, FRACS
Melbourne Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

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