Can I Get a Tummy Tuck Minutes After Giving Birth?

I am pregnant now and I'm extremely eager to get plastic surgery after giving birth. You hear about celebrities receiving tummy tucks the same day as giving birth. I would like something like this. I am dreading the post baby fat stomach and don't want to wait. Any suggestions? I live in Philadelphia.

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Not Recommended to Get a Tummy Tuck Following C-Section

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Abdominoplasty isn’t recommended immediately following a C-section for a variety of reasons. These include the inability to make aesthetic judgments immediately following pregnancy, the mother’s overall health status, and the demands of a newborn child on the mother.

The timing of surgery following pregnancy is important and several issues should be considered before proceeding with surgery. It takes time for a new post-pregnancy body to reach its new baseline following pregnancy, and during this transition, it’s impossible to make aesthetic judgments. During this period, stretched skin may contract, a swollen uterus may shrink, and the weight gained during pregnancy may gradually disappear. This process takes 3 to 6 months and needs to occur before abdominoplasty is performed.

Ideally, patients should be within 10% of their ideal body weight and in good health otherwise. The majority of women who have undergone C-sections aren’t in good physical shape and are therefore not optimal candidates for surgery for a variety of reasons. These may include severe fatigue, a depressed immune system, possible blood loss, an increased potential for infection and elevated estrogen levels which can increase the risk of blood clots.

Finally, the demands of a newborn would make the recovery from these combined procedures very difficult. For instance, the use of postoperative pain medications would prevent you from breast feeding. In other words, the abdominoplasty might impact your developing relationships with your newborn child.

For all these reasons, it’s obvious that C-section and abdominoplasty shouldn’t be performed together. If you’re considering abdominoplasty it’s important to give yourself time to fully recover from your C-section. Once this has occurred it’s appropriate to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon.  

Timing for tummy tuck after pregnancy

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I do not recommend a mommy makeover immediately following pregnancy. If you allow your body to return to your pre-pregnancy weight first you will have a better looking result from a full tummy tuck.  If you are having only a mini tummy tuck it would be more reasonable, but I think it would still be better to wait. Good luck!

David Stoker, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

Not advised.

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Thank you for your question.  I would recommend waiting until your body has recovered from birth and your pregnancy before considering a tummy tuck surgery.  Over the course of several months after giving birth, your body will change considerably, your weight will decrease, your uterus will shrink, and your stretched skin may contract.  These changes once they have stabilized will be evaluated to determine the best course of action and also provide you the best idea with what your results would be.  Performing a procedure too prematurely (as doing a tummy tuck immediately after giving birth) could compromise your final result.  Consult with only board-certified plastic surgeons.  Best of luck and congratulations on your pregnancy.

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Not recommended

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While it is possible to do this, I don't usually recommend it. This is because your body may gradually change shape in the months after giving birth, and it would be difficult to predict how these changes would affect your results. Waiting a few months after giving birth allows your body to go through the changes, then you'll have a more predictable, stable result.

Tummy Tuck with C-section

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    A tummy tuck should be delayed until an ideal weight can be achieved to give the best result in mommy makeover after pregnancy.

The best result will be provided by waiting for the optimal time for surgery

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Thank you for the question.  A tummy tuck can be performed in conjunction with a c-section but you must remember that your body is still geared up for pregnancy at that time meaning that you uterus is still large, your tissues are still swollen, and you may be caring some extra weight.  If you want the best result possible for the money spent I would wait at least a couple of months before having an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).  This will allow your body to return closer to its pre-pregnancy status and will also allow you to spend time with your newborn without having to deal with the tummy tuck recovery.

All the best,

Dr Remus Repta

Remus Repta, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 173 reviews

Tummy tuck not advised with concurrent C-section.

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Although surgeons will occasionally add operations together concurrently, it is done so knowing that these combination procedures don't add significant risk.  A tummy tuck done concurrently with a C-section would be physiologically too much to justify the combination.

Tummy tuck after giving birth

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Hello, Leese, thanks for the question. I agree with the other plastic surgeons ... I strongly advise against having a tummy tuck immediately after giving birth. I don't know of any board certified plastic surgeons who would do this, and I would also strongly suggest that you only have your tummy tuck by a board certified plastic surgeon.

Your body needs to heal and 'get back to normal' after 9  months of pregnancy ... you lose weight, your uterus shrinks, the tummy skin shrinks, etc. This process takes several months, and you should allow your body to heal naturally before proceeding with a tummy tuck.

I wish you all the best. 

TummyTuck Immediately after Giving Birth is not a good idea.

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Tummy tuck immediately after giving birth is not done for a number of reasons.   

Regardless of whether you have a vaginal delivery or a C-section, your body needs to recover from your pregnancy and a tummy tuck will prolong this process.

More importantly, you will have a new baby to take care of, and should not burden yourself with the restrictions necessary for proper post tummy tuck recovery.

Finally, it is best to allow your abdominal skin and muscle tissues to be optimal condition when you have your tummy tuck.  This usually takes at least 3 to 4 months, or more depending on your general fitness condition.

Fredrick A. Valauri, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon

Bad idea

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The vast majority of women recover their elasticity after pregnancy and have no need for a TT. You seem to be thinking about asking a surgeon to do something that is likely without benefit and with risk.

Once the baby is born, the intra-abdominal contents are still very large, making it impossible to properly judge the amount of tightening of the muscles and skin that are necessary. 

The risk of blood clots is high for pregnancy and for TT, and the combination would be unacceptably high. 

I may be missing something, but I haven't heard about celebrities having this combination. If I am mistaken, I would not be observing the first case of poor judgement by celebrities and their doctors. 

Thanks for your question, best wishes for a successful pregnancy!

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon

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