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Can I get an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) after a c-section ?

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If you are considering a tummy tuck after pregnancy, it is important that you have fully healed from your c-section first.

If you have been through pregnancy and c-section, you may have noticed excess skin and weakened abdominal muscles. A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a highly effective procedure that improves the appearance of the abdominal area and involves the removal of excess skin and fat and the tightening of the abdominal muscles. While it is possible to undergo abdominoplasty after a c-section, it is advisable to heal before going ahead with the treatment properly. Read on to find out more about what a tummy tuck involves and how long you should wait after a c-section…

When can you have a tummy tuck after a c-section?  

If you would like to tighten your abdominal muscles and improve the overall appearance of your abdomen, you might consider a tummy tuck. The first step in the process is to arrange a consultation with your plastic surgeon to let you know if you are ready for treatment. For the best possible results, you should be in good overall health and be at a stable and healthy body weight. It is also best to plan a tummy tuck procedure only if you have decided that you won’t become pregnant again in the future. If you are still breastfeeding, you should discuss this factor with your surgeon, as the anaesthesia and medications required for a tummy tuck may be problematic for you and your baby.

Can you combine a tummy tuck and a c-section?     

Although it is possible, it is not advisable to have a tummy tuck at the same time as a c-section. Both procedures are major surgeries from which it takes time to properly recover. To enjoy optimal results of a tummy tuck, you should be in good physical condition and have lost any excess weight that you may have put on during pregnancy.

It is also important to remember that both c-section and tummy tuck procedures have potential risks. Combining the surgeries may increase your risk of complications like blood clots, fluid retention and infection.

What does a tummy tuck involve?     

There are a number of tummy tuck procedures available, and the technique that your surgeon chooses will depend on your personal needs and aesthetic goals. During the procedure, excess skin and fat is surgically removed, and the muscles above and below the umbilicus are tightened. The skin is then stitched together, and a new umbilicus is created.

In some cases, liposuction may be performed at the same time as a tummy tuck. During the liposuction procedure, small incisions are made, and excess fat is removed from the target area.

How can we help?

Suppose you have had a c-section and are considering a tummy tuck procedure to enhance the appearance of your abdominal area. In that case, we recommend that you arrange a consultation with Dr Mark Hanikeri. Dr Hanikeri will address any questions you have about the process and let you know if you are suited to the treatment.

If you would like to find out more about abdominoplasty and what the procedure involves, please have a look here.

If you would like to arrange a consultation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.