Regardless of your mode of childbirth, you might be struggling with the changes to your body. It’s natural to crave your old clothes and figure, and a tummy tuck can help reduce the excess skin and flab left behind after pregnancy. However, bouncing back after a baby can take time, and it’s best to rest in between childbirth and cosmetic surgery.
Laughlin Plastic Surgery in Annapolis, Maryland, provides tummy tucks to help you have more confidence in your body. However, if you’re a new mom, you might want to give your post-birth body a chance to catch up to the new normal before booking your appointment.. Dr. Daniel Laughlin will help you decide if this procedure is right for you.
Tummy tuck basics
A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure where the abdomen is streamlined to look flatter and more toned. This often involves removing excess fat and skin before “tucking” in your tummy.
This procedure is common among men and women, especially patients who have recently undergone weight loss or experienced a pregnancy. Both life events can cause the skin around the abdomen to stretch and then sag, and a tummy tuck will help tidy things up.
How long to wait
While you might be eager to shed your new baby fat, it’s recommended that you wait at least six months before seeking out a tummy tuck. This not only gives you time to recover from childbirth, but also allows your skin to shrink back naturally. You might be surprised by how different you look after six months of natural recovery.
Getting a tummy tuck after a vaginal birth or a c-section
Vaginal childbirth usually isn’t what causes your tummy to sag. That’s a side effect of the preceding pregnancy and how your muscles and skin stretched to accommodate the growing fetus. A tummy tuck once your body’s natural elasticity has done everything it can to snap back might help you feel more like yourself.
Cesarean sections can make childbirth more convenient, and sometimes they’re a life-saving necessity. The scar is often considered a downside, although there are special surgical sutures and glues that can reduce scarring considerably. A tummy tuck can further hide the scar and fix any sagging in the area due to the muscle being bisected.
Some women have been known to schedule their c-sections and tummy tucks back-to-back, but combining the two surgeries is not recommended. While a tummy tuck might seem like the perfect follow-up to a c-section, it’s better to let your body heal naturally first, for both your safety, and for cosmetic reasons.
When you give your body time to recover from childbirth or a c-section, everything will begin to fall into place on its own. Skin will begin to tighten back up, scar tissue will form, and your body weight will stabilize. Stretch marks will fade and wrinkles around your belly will smooth away.
Six months after your baby arrives, Dr. Laughlin is happy to assess your condition and begin planning a proper tummy tuck. With your body healed before you go into surgery, you can expect better results.
Have you recently had a baby and are wishing for a tummy tuck? Schedule a consultation by calling 410-205-5629, or visit the contact page for more information.