How Does Recovery for Abdominoplasty Compare to Recovery from a C-section?

I delivered my twins by c-section 15 months ago and was pleasantly surprised with how easy the recovery was. I was walking within 12 hours and felt 100% normal by 2 weeks. How does recovery from abdomioplasty compare to recovery from a c-section?

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Tummy tuck recovery may be similar to recovery from c-section

50% of my patients who have had both tummy tuck and c-section say the tummy tuck was easier, 50% say the c-section was easier! I conclude that there is no definite answer to this question. However, the tummy tuck does not involve an incision into your abdominal cavity as the c-section does, no hormonal changes as in the post delivery period, no nutritional strain of a nursing baby and does not involve caring for a newborn who needs attention around the clock. The incision of a tummy tuck is larger than that of a c-section, but the only thing you and your body need to do after abdominoplasty is heal. If you did well with your c-section, you are likely to do well with a tummy tuck too.

Bay Area Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck patients are pleasantly surprised with discomfort level if they had c-section before.


There is certainly discomfort and recovery after tummy tuck.  But we are not going inside your abdominal cavity.  So it's not as bad.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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