Can You Have a Baby after Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a body contouring procedure performed to achieve a flat and toned abdomen and, in some cases, to repair weakened or damaged abdominal muscles. While it’s common for women to choose to undergo the procedure when they know they are done having children, other patients express interest in future pregnancy. But just how safe is it to have children after tummy tuck surgery? New York plastic surgeon Dr. Bruce Barach discusses the answer in detail.
Pregnancy after Tummy Tuck Is Safe but Not Recommended
The truth is, tummy tuck does not affect a woman’s ability to get pregnant. The procedure does not affect the health and wellbeing of the woman or baby. However, it is important to understand that future pregnancies may negatively impact the results of your tummy tuck surgery. Tummy tuck surgery involves excising loose skin from the abdomen and repairing abdominal muscles that have separated or become weakened. A pregnancy following tummy tuck surgery can reverse the effects of the surgery, by stretching out the abdominal skin and causing the muscles to separate once again. In these cases, additional tummy tuck procedures may need to be performed in order to restore the results.
Because of this, Dr. Barach recommends his patients wait until they are done having biological children. If you plan on undergoing tummy tuck treatment after having your last baby, Dr. Barach recommends that you wait six months to one year to give your weight time to stabilize. Doing so can help ensure that your slim and toned abdomen will last for years to come. Your post-op aftercare is also critical to the beauty and longevity of your tummy tuck results. The doctor advises that patients maintain a stable and healthy weight after tummy tuck surgery. Weight gain of any kind can cause the skin to stretch and the abdominal muscles to separate.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Barach
To learn more about tummy tuck surgery or the other body contouring procedures Dr. Barach offers, call his New York plastic surgery practice today. Schedule a one-on-one consultation by calling (518) 346-3125 today.