5 Things To Know About Pregnancy And Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure in which excess skin and fat are removed from the abdominal area and lax muscles tightened, creating firmer, more pleasing contours. For many women, diet and exercise alone are not enough to restore their tummies to what they once were. Whether you have had children or are thinking of not having children, a tummy tuck could be the perfect solution to getting your body back.

Things To Know About Pregnancy And Abdominoplasty

Here are five things to know about pregnancy and abdominoplasty:

  1. You probably are a good candidate for this procedure

    Are you in good health? If so, you’re already on the right track. With any cosmetic surgery, you will need to be in good health and a tummy tuck is no exception. You will also need to be a non-smoker. When you meet with your surgeon for your initial consultation, they will ask for your medical history to determine if you are healthy enough to undergo an abdominoplasty procedure. It’s important that you disclose what medications you are taking and if you’ve had any health issues in the past. This is not to say that if you’re on medication or have had prior health problems that you cannot have a tummy tuck, but your doctor will need this information to perform a proper assessment.

  2. You will have a scar but it will fade

    Most surgeries come with scarring. An abdominoplasty will leave a scar; however, it will fade over time. There are creams and special surgical tapes available that will help the fading process and your surgeon can recommend the products that she/he trusts. The scar from a tummy tuck is usually found way below the belly button; and even if you wear a two-piece bathing suit, it will still be covered. The length of the scar varies from patient to patient. Moreover, a tummy tuck can remove any stretch marks from pregnancy that are below the belly button. Stretch marks that are above the belly button cannot be removed.

  3. You can have more kids after having a tummy tuck – but it’s best to not

    If you fall pregnant after undergoing an abdominoplasty, you can have more kids. However, it’s recommended to only undergo a tummy tuck after your family is complete in order to obtain the full benefits of this procedure – but you will not be at risk if you change your mind and have more children. The best thing to do is to tell your surgeon if you’ve never had kids but are planning on it, or have had kids and might want more in the future.

  4. You should lose most of the baby weight before the procedure

    For women who are looking to have a tummy tuck done post-pregnancy, you will need to lose most (if not all) of the baby weight. The best abdominoplasty result is when you are at a stable weight that you are happy with. Depending on your body and how it responds to weight loss, this could take anywhere from six months to a year. This doesn’t mean starving yourself and taking on ridiculous diets and exercise regimes. This means taking care of yourself, eating right and exercising as you normally would. It’s important to remember that an abdominoplasty is not a weight loss solution; it is an abdominal restoration procedure. You cannot use a tummy tuck to lose weight because the purpose of this surgery is to restore your stomach area to what is was before you fell pregnant. Or, if you have lost a large amount of weight, a tummy tuck will tighten up the area by removing excess skin and tissue.

  5. You will probably need liposuction too

    Most women, especially those who have had children, require liposuction with their tummy tucks. This is the best way to remove excess fat from the midsection. You will also be given general anesthesia. You will not be able to drive after your surgery, so please arrange for someone to pick you up afterwards. Usually, an abdominoplasty procedure can be completed in two to three hours. Furthermore, you will be given aftercare instructions that must be followed post-procedure. These instructions will include how to care for the wound area, when to visit your surgeon for a follow-up, when you can exercise again, etc. You will also be given a prescription for painkillers, and if you are prone to infections, antibiotics. Make sure you pick up these medications before your surgery as you will need them right after.

Abdominoplasty is a routine procedure that should be done by a qualified surgeon. If you are looking to have this procedure done, contact us.

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