A tummy tuck is an invasive cosmetic procedure in which excess fat and tissue in the abdominal region are removed to give a tighter and toned stomach. The tummy tuck is a popular procedure opted by many women who lack confidence when it comes to their appearance.
A tummy tuck can restore a woman’s confidence and body image. However, many women have questions about getting pregnant after a tummy tuck. Is it risky? Is it safe for the baby? What happens to the tummy tuck after pregnancy and so on?
Read on to find out.
Is it possible to get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
Barring any complications with fertility, yes; women can get pregnant after a tummy tuck.
Can a tummy tuck accommodate a growing belly?
The abdominal wall of a woman is designed to stretch and widen to accommodate a growing fetus. A tummy tuck cannot hinder the natural stretching of your abdomen.
How soon can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is a major surgery. It is of the utmost importance to give your body enough time to heal and recover from the side effects of the surgery before getting pregnant. Pregnancy is very demanding on a woman’s body; so, doctors advise women to refrain from getting pregnant for at least one year after the tummy tuck. The time varies according to the health of the patient as well.
Complications can occur in case a pregnancy has occurred before the body has had time to recover.
Will the results of the tummy tuck last even after the pregnancy?
Surprisingly, in many cases, women have reported satisfactory results even after a full pregnancy. Of course, a touch-up procedure might be required after the pregnancy, but, overall, as long as the patient stays on the healthier side, the results of a tummy tuck are bound to last even after a pregnancy. This being said, it can also depend on the body type and the extent of muscle repair before and after the pregnancy.
Is it safe to get a tummy tuck immediately after my pregnancy?
The answer is a resounding no. Pregnancy is tough on a woman’s body, especially if the baby was delivered through a C-section. It is vital to make sure that a woman’s body has completely healed before subjecting the body to another major surgery like a tummy tuck. Doctors recommend patients to wait for at least a year before having a tummy tuck.
What about scars?
A tummy tuck leaves behind a scar that is usually hidden below the lower abdomen. However, during pregnancy, the skin on your belly may stretch and leave the scar exposed. If the patient needs a C-section, it is likely that the incision will be made along the scar from the tummy tuck. Either way, there is a good chance that the scars from your tummy tuck will become visible after a pregnancy.
If you are considering a tummy tuck then you owe it to yourself to make an appointment to see Dr. Sukkar right away.