Tummy Tuck Before Pregnancy Complications?

What are the possible complications of having a tummy tuck before pregnancies? 37 yr old female with loose skin, 2 miscarriages and now thinking of getting tummy tuck. Though I would like to try to conceive and carry baby to term, next year. What are the risks for me and baby?

Doctor Answers 13

Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty Prior to Pregnancy

There is no reason to wait. If you are unhappy with your stomach and something can be done, then by all means get it fixed. Future pregnancies should not have any bearing on your result except for possibly some stretching out of the skin, but you can minimize this by keeping pregnancy weight gain to about 25 pounds.

There should be no adverse effects on the baby.

I hope that helps.

Best regards.

Kirkland Plastic Surgeon
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Pregnancy after tummy tuck?

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.
Best Wishes,
Pablo Prichard, MD

Pablo Prichard, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck before pregnancy

Your prior tummy tuck should not affect your pregnancy and not pose significant additional risks.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck best after pregnancy

If you are planning to have a pregnancy within the next year I certainly would recommend avoiding a tummy tuck at this time.  However, if you choose to undergo a tummy tuck, complications with pregnancy are minimal.

Best Wishes.

Gary Horndeski, M.D.

Gary M. Horndeski, MD
Texas Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck

I have performed tummy tucks in women prior to childbearing, usually in women after massive weight loss.   The only risk is that pregnancy could stretch the skin requiring a second tummy tuck later.  The only difference in your case is that I probably would not do a muscle tightening procedure.  Good luck!

Ronald J. Edelson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Such a common question ... should I get a tummy tuck if I'm not finished having children?

Typically, a pregnancy after a tummy tuck will undo most of the maneuvers used to obtain a flat abdomen during the procedure.  In my practice I avoid full abdominoplasties in anyone who is not certain they have completed their family.  Take heart, though.  There are some in-between procedures such as liposuction and mini-abdominoplasties which may improve the situation without affecting the ability to expand for your new baby.  You will still need the full procedure later if the upper abdomen is involved is not tight/flat enough!

William Franckle, MD, FACS
Voorhees Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

If you are considering pregnancy but really want to get a tummy tuck soon, then get a tummy tuck without muscle tightening.

Thank you for your question.

If you are considering pregnancy but really want to get a tummy tuck soon, then get a tummy tuck without muscle tightening. Otherwise, wait until you are done having children for a full tummy tuck.

To be sure, see two or more board-certified plastic surgeons in your area for a full and complete evaluation to make sure you are a good candidate and that it is safe for you to have surgery. I hope this helps.

J. Jason Wendel, MD, FACS
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
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Have your children before having a tummy tuck

Thank you for your question. A tummy tuck is a big surgery and not one that you would chose to have twice. If you are only planning on one more pregnancy and it is going to be relatively soon, it makes a lot of sense to wait until having all of your children before having a tummy tuck. There should not be any harm to you or your child by having the tummy tuck first, you will just lose some if not most of your result by having a child after the surgery.

James McMahan, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Tummy Tuck before Pregnancy

I have had patients who have had a tummy tuck prior to thier pregnancy. Obviously, it is not ideal but, some women who have loose skin, stretch marks, and a pouch rightfully decide to have a tummy tuck to fix thier body, even they haven't had a child yet.

Sean Younai, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

Tummy Tuck before pregnancy

Our skin and underlying tissue have an incredible ability to stretch as the result of slow pressure over time from either pregnancy or weight gain. There will be no harm to the developing baby or you after a tummy tuck but the aesthetic results will suffer. During a standard tummy tuck  the abdominal muscles are also brought together with suture. After pregnancy the muscles will not return to their normal desirable position.

If you are going to have a child within the year it makes sense to wait to have the tummy tuck after the baby is born. You might also consider a lesser operation which would simply remove the skin without tightening the muscle knowing you will need to do the formal tummy tuck once you have completed your family.

Seek out a board certified plastic surgeon to help you with this important decision. Good luck

Robert W. Kessler, MD, FACS
Corona Del Mar Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 129 reviews

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