A tummy tuck can remove fat and excess skin from the abdomen and tighten slack abdominal muscles. It is often used to correct the effects pregnancy can have on a woman’s body, including stubborn baby fat and stretch marks on the abdomen.
It’s recommended that you wait until after having children to have your tummy tuck because future pregnancy can diminish the quality of your tummy tuck results. Your skin may become stretched again, additional fat may accumulate, and muscles may become detached again. Then you would need a second procedure to correct the results, which means the additional inconvenience, expense, and risk associated with another surgery.
You may worry that a tummy tuck might interfere with future unplanned pregnancies, but this is not the case. Many women with prior tummy tucks go through successful full-term pregnancy that includes their chosen birth method. Some women have reported additional discomfort during pregnancy that they attribute to a prior tummy tuck, but it’s hard to tell whether this is due to the tummy tuck or just natural variation between pregnancies, since other women report no such discomfort.
To discuss timing your tummy tuck with Tampa board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Antonio J. Gayoso, please contact Gayoso Plastic Surgery today.