Can You Have a Baby After a Tummy Tuck?

How long after a tummy tuck and body sculpting can another baby be planned? I am a single mom who is scheduled on June 23rd for a tummy tuck and body sculpting. I would like to know how long I should wait till it's safe, in case I decide to remarry and have another child.

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Babies after a tummy tuck are great!

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I happen to do a lot of tummy tucks in my practice and I've had several women get pregnant afterwards.  The baby's have all been fine and I have NEVER needed to touch anybody up. 

I will admit that during the pregnancy they seem to carry a little higher in the abdomen, but when all is said and done they still look great a year after the baby is born. I had one woman ask for liposuction in the flank area, but that has nothing to do with the tummy tuck - that's just a little baby fat left over after the fact.

In my opinion there is nothing better than having kids.  Enjoy your pregnancy!  Enjoy your family!

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Is it safe to have a baby after tummy tuck

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It sounds like you are not thinking of having children in the near future and want to enjoy the benefits of your tummy tuck since you are currently single. It seems that 99 out of 100 plastic surgeons would agree that having children after a tummy tuck is safe but ask "why would you do that, because you are going to stretch out again". After you are healed from the tummy tuck, say 4-6 months, it would certainly be OK from the safety point of view, but obviously if you were going to get pregnant that soon after having the procedure, you would just postpone it until after.  The beauty of a tummy tuck and liposuction is how good you look. The difference between before and after can be life-changing.  I see no reason to deny yourself that if you don't really know when or if you will be having more children.  Just be honest with yourself: you may need a revision.  If you can accept that, then why not have the procedure?  If you are already in a relationship that may result in more children you would likely just want to wait until that issue is clarified.

Robert M. Lowen, MD
Mountain View Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 54 reviews

Baby after tummy tuck.

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Yes, you can have a baby after a tummy tuck.  I have had two patients that have (that I know of) become pregnant after a tummy tuck.  Though we advise patients to wait until after their tummy tuck to conceive, sometimes patients have a change of mind.  With this, I have noot seen any problems, other than some mild reurrent laxity.  Both patients still looked better after delivery that they did before their tummy tuck!

Michael Orseck, MD
Greenville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 141 reviews

For Lasting Results you should have a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) AFTER completing your family

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Respectfully, it sounds like you are misinformed on the topic of Tummy Tuck. The process of pregnancy involves tremendous expansion of the abdomen as the uterus goes from the size of a lemon to that of a large watermelon. This results not only in a sideways PERMANENT splitting of the 6 pack (rectus) muscles but astretching out andexpansion of the muscles andthe overlying skin. As a result, to reverse these changes the muscles need to be put together and the excess skin removed. If you were to become pregnant again after the repair, much of the repair, if not all, will be stretched out andreversed by the pregnancy. For this reason you really should have this operation AFTER you are done having children. Dr. Peter Aldea

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

It's best to wait until after your family is complete to have a Tummy Tuck, BUT...

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Hi there-

Generally speaking, it is definitely in your best interests to avoid having to have two operations when one would suffice...

This is the central principle guiding the answers of my colleagues below- if you think that you may have more children, wait until after the last pregnancy (or until you are confident that you will have no more) to pursue a tummy tuck.

Becoming pregnant after your tummy tuck may necessitate having the operation re-done, at your repeat expense and risk (the risk is not greater the second time, but it is a second operation).

On the other hand, I think I see where you are coming from- you're a single mom and would like to maximize your appearance NOW...

It's not fair for us as plastic surgeons to say you should never date again, or that even though you are self conscious about your appearance you should not do anything about it until after your last child.

You as an individual need to weigh the benefits and the risks of proceeding with body contour improvement now versus waiting...

The benefits of proceeding now are that you will achieve the look you want sooner, be less self-conscious, and more confident as you re-enter the dating scene. The risks (aside from the risks of the operation in general) are that if you have another baby you may need to have the operation done again. Only you can decide whether this risk is worth it for you.

I would add that the benefit would seem more worthwhile the longer you might enjoy it- in other words, if you know that it will be 6-8 years before you become pregnant again, the benefit of looking good now may be more worth the risk of having a second operation than if you think it will only be 2 years before you have your next baby.

Give all of this your consideration, and when you're ready, be sure to see only a surgeon certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Baby after tummy tuck

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You may certainly have a child after having a tummy tuck.  There is no reason to delay your tummy tuck, particularly if another pregnancy isn't imminent.  I would wait at least until you're fully healed after your tummy tuck, a minimum of 4-6 months.

Carmen Kavali, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Can you have a baby after a tummy tuck?

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Yes, you can have a baby after a tummy tuck.  Quite a number of my patients have had problem-free pregnancies and  have been blessed with healthy, happy babies after a tummy tuck.  

 I do not, however, perform tummy tuck surgery on women who are planning to have more children within a year of surgery.  The results of a tummy tuck will often change after pregnancy, so I advise women to wait until after having children to have this surgery.  On the other hand, many of the patients who have gone on to have children after a tummy tuck look much better after that pregnancy that previous pregnancies and do not feel the need to have any other surgery. 

If after a baby a women wants a secondary tummy tuck it is typically safe to do so. Often, a second tummy tuck is a smaller, shorter procedure than an original tummy tuck.  In other cases, women find they do not require a tummy tuck at all, however, there can be changes that may require surgery of some kind to reproduce the original post surgery result. 

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 123 reviews

No No No

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I do not recommend having a TT unless you are finished with childbearing.  It is safe to become pregnant after a TT, but the majority of the correction will be lost.  You will be left with a long scar and a pouchy abdomen, secondary TT after pregnancy are not easy and the results are suboptimal.  Just say NO!

David Finkle, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 83 reviews

Having Babies after Tummy Tuck

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Yes it is possible to have babies after a tummy tuck. However your abdomen may not look as good after the baby as it did after the tummy tuck. 

In a tummy tuck we do 3 things

  1. Remove excess fat
  2. Repair the muscles
  3. Remove excess skin.

Having a baby may reverse some of this correction you achieved after your tummy tuck but never completely. Even if you have a baby after tummy tuck, your tummy will always look better than if you never had the operation.

Yes it is possible to have babies after a tummy tuck.

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Of course, I would not recommend planning on having a tummy tuck until you are finished having babies but sometimes babies arrive unpredictably!

There is no danger to the baby and you will have a normal pregnancy.  However the skin and muscle will stretch again and you may need another abdominoplasty.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.