A tummy tuck is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures among both men and women. Many women undergo this procedure after giving birth to return to their pre-pregnancy tight bodies. However, pregnancy after tummy tuck does happen. Read on to know what to expect.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck – abdominoplasty – is a procedure to rejuvenate the abdominal area. The surgery allows individuals to attain their desired body shape by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the abdominal area for a more appealing, sculpted look. It involves significantly invasive surgery to remove excess skin around the torso. In addition, your surgeon may recommend pairing this procedure with abdominal etching, for a chiselled finish.
This provides a more sculpted and leaner look. As such, this surgery is particularly popular among people coming off of a massive weight loss journey or pregnancy. In addition, many people undergo the procedure to improve the appearance of stretch marks in the lower abdomen.
Depending on your physical state and desired outcomes, the procedure – conducted under general anaesthesia – takes between one to five hours.
Pregnancy After Tummy Tuck: What Happens?
In many circumstances, women undergo tummy tuck surgery after they have given birth. This is so that the surgeon can tighten up the loose skin resulting from pregnancy. Some plastic surgeons recommend undergoing the procedure when you don’t expect to become pregnant again. However, sometimes women want to or do get pregnant after undertaking abdominoplasty.
In these cases, many women can become pregnant and successfully carry to term. A prior tummy tuck procedure shouldn’t affect your fertility. Although this pregnancy might feel different from the previous occasion(s), a tummy tuck should not impact pregnancy.
The difference is that your abdominal muscles and skin are now tighter. As a result, your pregnant tummy might feel noticeably tighter compared to your previous pregnancies.
Therefore, pregnancy after tummy tuck procedures is possible because it doesn’t affect the baby. However, significant weight gain and skin stretching can alter your tummy tuck results. And for many women, this might require additional touch-up procedures after giving birth to return to their desired youthful aesthetic.
Preparing for Pregnancy After Tummy Tuck
Pregnancy is an intensive process because it exerts significant pressure on the abdominal wall. As such, you should consult your OB/GYN before getting pregnant after undergoing tummy tuck surgery.
Your doctor will advise you to wait until your surgery scars, skin and abdominal muscles completely heal before you get pregnant. The healing process usually takes between six months and one year.
Here’s how to ensure proper healing before getting pregnant:
- Maintain a healthy balanced diet
- Get adequate rest
- Move around to improve blood circulation for better, faster healing
- Follow your doctor’s recommendations to sidestep complications and infections
Book a consultation with an expert plastic surgeon at The Harley Clinic to discuss any queries regarding tummy tucks.