A tummy tuck is one of the most highly sought after cosmetic surgeries among patients who have previously had children. This procedure can be a very effective technique to correct a protruding abdomen, which commonly develops as the abdominal muscles become stretched and separated by pregnancy. In resolving the hanging appearance caused by loose abdominal muscles, tummy tuck surgery can be performed to bring the musculature back together and enhance the abdominal contour.
Some patients who give birth via caesarean delivery—or a C-section—understandably inquire how soon they will be able to pursue a tummy tuck when they are no longer pregnant. In general, Huntsville plastic surgeon David Durst, MD advises waiting 6 to 12 months after a C-section before undergoing abdominoplasty. It’s very important to wait until the body heals after a caesarean section before undertaking additional surgery. Plus, it can take time for the body to “settle” after having children, as physical changes often continue in the months following pregnancy. However, once enough time has passed to safely undergo a tummy tuck, Dr. Durst can often re-use your C-section scar for the abdominoplasty incision to help you avoid further scarring.
For the best tummy tuck results, patients should wait until their weight is stable and they do not plan on having any more children before pursuing abdominoplasty. Both weight gain and future pregnancy after a tummy tuck can re-stretch the abdominal skin and musculature, ultimately impacting the quality of the final results.
For more information about the best timing for a tummy tuck, please contact our practice for a consultation or to speak with a member of our team.