Many women consider getting a tummy tuck to address appearance concerns following pregnancy, like fixing diastasis recti or eliminating loose skin. Does this mean it’s a bad idea to schedule your tummy tuck before ever having children?
Addressing Pregnancy Concerns
One of the top concerns associated with getting a tummy tuck before pregnancy is whether the procedure could have an adverse effect on your future baby. A tummy tuck focuses on removing excess skin and the layer of fat just below, and also tightens the muscles supporting the abdominal wall.
Because a tummy tuck is primarily cosmetic, your results shouldn’t have any impact on your ability to enjoy a perfectly healthy pregnancy.
The main reason that plastic surgeons advise against a pre-pregnancy tummy tuck isn’t due to health and safety reasons for you or your child, but out of concern that a pregnancy later on could undo some of the results you’ve worked so hard to achieve.
While you can certainly get pregnant after a tummy tuck, you may find that your waistline doesn’t fully recover to your pre-pregnancy shape after the baby is born. Any pregnancy, including a pregnancy that occurs after a tummy tuck, stretches out the skin and muscles of the abdomen. For this reason, a pre-pregnancy tummy tuck may require some revision surgery in order to restore your formerly svelte silhouette.
Since most women would prefer to only have one tummy tuck rather than two, the choice to move forward or wait a bit longer is clear. For the longest-lasting tummy tuck results, it’s best to wait until you’ve completed your family to schedule your abdominoplasty.
Providing patients with plastic surgery and non-surgical treatment options, Dr. Rand uses his medical expertise and aesthetic sensibilities to make a positive impact on the lives of his patients. Dr. Rand is constantly driven by the unique challenges of plastic surgery, a field that seamlessly blends artistry and medical science.