Tummy tuck/abdominoplasty is a surgical cosmetic procedure that helps to get rid of subcutaneous fat that deforms the shape of the stomach, tightens loose muscles, and removes flabby skin around the lower abdomen. The excess tissue, mainly fat and skin are located on the top side of the abdominal wall and above the layer of muscles protecting vital organs inside. Excess weight loss and childbirth are usually the causes attributed to a deformed lower body in healthy women. Therefore, women opt for tummy tuck treatment to get their bodies in shape.
Women constitute the majority of recipients of tummy tucks because they undergo major physical changes in life that lead to protruding tummies. Most women who are willing to undergo tummy tuck are concerned about pregnancy and the effects of tummy tuck on pregnancy.
The following article will discuss the effects of tummy tuck on pregnancy and some of the misconceptions women have about this treatment.
Effects of Tummy Tuck on Pregnancy
If you have undergone abdominoplasty and are considering having more children whether unplanned or not, you will have to wait until you’re fully healed after your surgery. Between 4- 8 months after surgery, you are completely healed depending on your body’s immune and healing factors. This is due to the usage of soluble stitches made inside the body over the muscles to tighten them and close the incisions that are left after removing excess tissue. Only after the complete absorption of these surgical sutures, you should consider pregnancy. If prior to that the pregnancy occurs then these stitches will constrain expansion of muscles and skin within the stomach causing periodical pain.
Full Recovery After Abdominoplasty
There is a misconception that full recovery after a tummy tuck takes a month. It is wrong because you require at least 3-4 months to recover completely. You can resume a normal routine 4-6 weeks after the surgery but that doesn’t mean you are fully healed. Even doctors don’t consider that time period sufficient to observe final results; since the final aesthetic results appear 3-4 months after the surgery.
Also, the recovery time period may vary from patient to patient. Patients who are/were overweight prior to surgery can take up to 6 months to heal because of the liposuction. Whereas, thinner and healthier patients who underwent only mini-abdominoplasty can recover completely within 3 months. Always check with your doctor!
Is Pregnancy Possible After A Tummy Tuck?
You can have a child after a successful tummy tuck but it is not recommended to have a tummy tuck while you still wish to have more children. Your doctor will discuss everything from your relationship goals to your pregnancy possibilities before recommending a tummy tuck. It is totally safe to have children after a tummy tuck but that would mean a remission of the whole purpose of having a tummy tuck since a major part of the abdominal correction you underwent will be lost causing incomplete cosmetic results.
The details involved in pregnancy include the growth of the uterus from the size of a lime to the size of a large beach ball. Not only is the expansion permanently splitting the abdominal rectus muscles (the 6 pack) but skin and other tissue are also extended all the way down to the hips. Many patients have had problem-free pregnancies as well as childbirths after a tummy tuck. They even returned to their normal life with wonderful results but that isn’t the same for everyone.
Simply because the results of a tummy tuck will often be reversed after a pregnancy, it is advised for women to wait until they wish to bear no more children to have this form of surgery. If the baby was not planned and you have already undergone a tummy tuck before, you can always redo that surgery with a secondary tummy tuck. It is a safe and shorter procedure than the original tummy tuck but the results can be sub-optimal and you will have to finance and prepare for it all over again.
So there you have it. We have described everything you need to know about pregnancy and tummy tuck procedures. Now you must be clear in your mind that you can give birth to a child even after tummy tuck but it is advisable to plan tummy tuck when you do not wish to carry more children. If you want to know more about the tummy tuck procedure or wish to talk to an experienced plastic surgeon, you can always fill in our short consultation form and get an appointment. We offer a free initial consultation with an expert who would be happy to guide you with your personal condition.