NYC Plastic Surgeon Dr. Michael Wolfeld Answers Questions About Getting a Tummy Tuck After Pregnancy
Getting a Tummy Tuck After Pregnancy
Along with the wonder and excitement of becoming a mother, there is also an onset of changes to the body that comes with motherhood including stretch marks and loosened abdominal muscles. One way for a mom to get her pre-baby body back is through a surgical procedure known as a tummy tuck. Dr. Wolfeld, answers a few questions about the procedure to better inform patients in this FAQ.
What exactly does a tummy tuck involve?
A tummy tuck is an operation that is performed under anesthesia in an operating room setting. It involves a gentle incision along the lower belly fold, hidden beneath the underwear or bikini line, and the skin and fat of the abdomen is pulled tight with the excess skin and fat excised. The native belly button remains and is in the same position as it was pre-surgery. The skin of the belly is tighter with a much more defined abdomen following this operation. A combination of a tummy tuck with liposuction will provide a flat belly with defined curves of the waist and hips.
Is getting a tummy tuck after pregnancy a good idea?
During pregnancy the abdominal muscles, as well as the skin, become stretched out over the course of the pregnancy. In some people, the muscles and skin revert to their pre-pregnancy state. In others, the skin remains loose and saggy with evident stretch marks and the muscles remain lax, which gives a woman an abdominal bulge or “pooch”. A tummy tuck is an ideal operation to correct these problems. It will tighten the abdominal muscles to correct the abdominal bulge resulting from a weakened abdomen. A tummy tuck will also remove the excess skin and fat, along with the stretch marks of the lower tummy, and improve the stretch marks on the remainder of the tummy. This is a very popular operation for women who have had one or more pregnancies.
Can I undergo the procedure if I have had a C-section?
Many women undergo a tummy tuck following a C-section. The scar from the C-section will be removed during a tummy tuck and a fine scar from the tummy tuck will remain, usually below where the C-section scar previously was. Generally, most tummy tucks are performed 3-6 months or more following a C-section.
How long should I wait after pregnancy to get a tummy tuck?
Generally a 3-6 month period of time is sufficient to wait following pregnancy to have a tummy tuck performed. This will allow the swelling to resolve and the tissues to return to a more baseline state. It is also a good idea to wait until you have finished having children before undergoing a tummy tuck.
Contact Dr. Michael Wolfeld, if you are considering undergoing a tummy tuck.