As a new mom, one probable complaint you have about your body is that your tummy looks loose and flabby. Fortunately, abdominoplasty surgery, also known as a tummy tuck, is an option. This procedure removes excess skin and fat and addresses weakened abdominal muscles that result in a “pooch.” As a result, getting a tummy tuck can restore your stomach’s tight, lean, pre-pregnancy appearance.
If you gave birth by cesarean, you might be wondering, “How soon after a C-section can I have a tummy tuck?” Most surgeons will advise you to wait at least six months. Consider these factors to help you decide when the time is right.
Your hormones need to stabilize.
Pregnancy, giving birth and breastfeeding all affect your hormone levels. Vessels also become engorged while carrying an unborn child. For the best aesthetic results from your tummy tuck, you should wait until these temporary changes return to normal.
You should lose your pregnancy weight first.
A tummy tuck is designed to remove loose, flabby skin that remains unaffected by diet and exercise – it isn’t a weight loss method on its own. Therefore, you should continue living a healthy lifestyle that includes eating balanced meals and working out until you reach a stable, pre-pregnancy weight.
If you have sufficient elasticity in your skin, you may find that your tummy resumes a flat, tight appearance without the need to undergo abdominoplasty surgery. However, if your skin remains loose and flabby despite losing weight in the months after giving birth, then a tummy tuck is the right choice.
You need to wait until you’re finished breastfeeding.
Your surgeon will tell you to postpone your tummy tuck until your breasts are dry. This is part of your body’s recalibration process after giving birth and is an important consideration if you hope to optimize the results of the procedure.
You’ll need help caring for your baby post-op.
One logistical reason to delay your tummy tuck after a C-section is because you won’t be able to carry your baby for at least two to three weeks after the operation. Avoiding heavy lifting is important to prevent injury and enlarged scars. For this reason, you should arrange additional support at home to help care for your baby, no matter when you choose to undergo abdominoplasty surgery.
What about getting a tummy tuck during a C-section?
This is not possible. The incisions for a C-section and tummy tuck don’t overlap and aren’t similar. Even if they were, your body is still changing after you give birth, you have pregnancy weight to lose first, and recovering from two surgeries at once would be incredibly taxing on your weakened body. These are the reasons why it’s necessary to wait six months to have a tummy tuck after a C-section.
Texas Center for Breast and Body offers tummy tucks as part of our Mommy Makeover procedures. If you’re ready to look and feel amazing, schedule a consultation with our plastic surgeon in Houston to learn more.