Many women opt to get a tummy tuck after having a baby, in an effort to get rid of their ‘mummy tummy,’ and regain their pre-baby figure. Moms often have to deal with excess abdominal skin and weak or stretched abdominal muscles after pregnancy, and unfortunately, diet and exercise often doesn’t help.
What is a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that is done to remove sagging abdominal skin and excess fat. A tummy tuck will also repair stretched or weak abdominal muscles. The goal of abdominoplasty is to make the tummy flatter and smoother, by removing the belly bulge.
How long do I have to wait after having a baby to get a tummy tuck?
Doctors generally recommend that women wait at least 6 months after having a baby, before getting a tummy tuck. The waiting time can be longer in some cases, because the body changes a lot during the post-partum period, so it may take longer for some women to heal completely.
Women considering a tummy tuck should also wait until they have finished breastfeeding. This is important because the breasts may take a few months to settle after breastfeeding.
Patients should also be at a stable weight before undergoing a tummy tuck. Losing or gaining a lot of weight after a tummy tuck can negatively impact results. The results of a tummy tuck will also be compromised if you get pregnant after the procedure (learn more).
Interested in a tummy tuck? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.
If you are in the Athens, GA area, Pittman Plastic Surgery is our featured practice.
You can reach them at www.pittmanplasticsurgery.com, or by calling (706) 549-3203.