A tummy tuck can help reduce extra fat, sagging skin, and tighten the abdominal muscles for a slim and toned midsection. Ideally, a tummy tuck is done to achieve the look you desire after having children. Pregnancy is an exciting time, although it takes a toll on a woman’s body, leaving you longing for your pre-pregnancy body or a body better than you’ve ever had in your life! But what happens if you get pregnant after a tummy tuck? Find out from one of Manhattan’s best plastic surgeons, Dr. B. Aviva Preminger.
First, let’s discuss what a tummy tuck is and how it could help you.
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a plastic surgical procedure that provides you with a tighter, leaner abdominal. Results are achieved by removing excess, sagging skin, tightening the abdominal muscles that may be separated, and is sometimes paired with liposuction to remove stubborn belly fat. While patients are encouraged to postpone getting a tummy tuck until after childbearing, there are instances when patients get pregnant after getting a tummy tuck.
What happens if I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
You may have undergone a tummy tuck already or maybe planning the procedure soon. While you have the best intentions, it is possible to become pregnant after getting a tummy tuck unless you are past your childbearing years. There aren’t any risk factors of pregnancy after a tummy tuck, although your midsection may feel tighter. Women can have healthy, full-term pregnancies after a tummy tuck. However, while pregnancy after a tummy tuck is safe, the aesthetics of your results will likely change. Weight fluctuations and abdominal stretching during pregnancy could result in loose or separated abdominal muscles, sagging skin, and excess belly fat. To reverse these effects, a second tummy tuck would be needed.
Should I avoid getting pregnant after a tummy tuck?
Choosing to undergo any surgical procedure is a significant decision, but even more so when the decision also is paired with not having any more children. Before getting a tummy tuck, you should be absolutely certain that you no longer want to get pregnant again. If you have a partner or spouse, you should discuss this factor with them before having surgery. However, sometimes the best plans can change unexpectedly and out of your control. If you find yourself pregnant again after a tummy tuck, just relax and enjoy your pregnancy! Wait to see what happens afterward, and you can always schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon for a revised tummy tuck. During your pregnancy, place a significant emphasis on eating healthy and exercise daily to avoid unnecessary weight gain. It is possible that you may not need another tummy tuck, or a non-surgical procedure may reverse any effects from your subsequent pregnancy.
Tummy Tuck from Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
If you’d like to learn more about getting a tummy tuck or want to find out what to expect after abdominoplasty in Manhattan, contact Preminger Plastic Surgery by calling (212) 706-1900 to learn more.