Babies are a remarkable joy to families. But every mother knows first-hand the long-term damage pregnancy has on the appearance of the abdomen. The only comprehensive way to fix the effects of pregnancy on the abdomen is tummy tuck surgery.
What happens if a tummy tuck patient decides she wants another baby after surgery? Is it even possible to become pregnant? Is it recommended? Talented tummy tuck surgeon Lloyd Landsman explains what you need to know about having a baby after tummy tuck in this post.
Physically Possible, But Not Recommended
It is anatomically possible to become pregnant after tummy tuck surgery and safely deliver a healthy baby. The surgery does not interfere with a woman’s ability to become pregnant or carry a child. In a perfect scenario, patients fully heal from tummy tuck before becoming pregnant.
The issue at hand is that having a baby after tummy tuck may reverse many of the improvements seen with surgery. In fact, the majority of the correction may be lost. Pregnancy can stretch out the abdominal skin that was tightened during tummy tuck, and it can damage or separate the abdominal muscles that were repaired during surgery.
Should the results of tummy tuck be reversed, it would require a second corrective surgery to see the same outcomes. Excess skin must be removed and the muscles of the abdominal wall reconstructed. A second surgery would necessitate additional costs and recovery, which may be difficult after having more children.
Timing Your Tummy Tuck
Dr. Landsman is your best resource for timing your tummy tuck correctly. He believes it is in his patients’ best interests to wait until after completing their families to have tummy tuck surgery. This is ideal for the longest lasting tummy tuck results and to avoid needing a second surgery down the road.
If you had tummy tuck years ago, then unexpectedly (or intentionally) became pregnant and saw your results reversed, Dr. Landsman would be happy to discuss secondary tummy tuck and what it entails.
Schedule a Tummy Tuck Consultation with Dr. Landsman
To learn more about how tummy tuck can give you a flatter, firmer and more attractive abdomen, contact Dr. Landsman. Call or email our practice today to schedule a consultation with the sought-after plastic surgeon.