By tightening/repairing abdominal muscles and removing excess skin from the midsection, a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) can provide patients with a flatter, more toned stomach. While there are usually no safety risks to a developing child or the mother if a woman does become pregnant after tummy tuck surgery, our board-certified plastic surgeons at Art Plastic Surgery recommend that most women wait until after they are finished having children to plan an abdominoplasty. From a cosmetic perspective, becoming pregnant after tummy tuck surgery will likely cause more stretching of the abdominal skin and muscles, potentially compromising the results of a prior procedure. When this is the case, some women may require a revisional operation or second abdominoplasty to restore their original tummy tuck results.
An additional benefit of delaying abdominoplasty until no more kids are expected is that tummy tuck surgery can often be easily combined with breast augmentation, mastopexy, and/or other cosmetic procedures to create a mommy makeover. This enables women to treat several pregnancy-related aesthetic concerns at the same time, helping to restore one’s pre-pregnancy figure without the need for multiple operations or recovery periods.
To discover if you are a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery or to learn more information about this procedure, please contact our office to schedule an appointment.