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10 Aug

Can You Have a Baby After A Tummy Tuck?

An Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck is a very popular procedure, as it gives a whole new look by making the abdomen flat, firm and youthful after the effects of pregnancy and childbirth. 96% of patients surveyed on Real Self said a Tummy Tuck was ‘worth it’.

In this blog I will discuss whether it is possible to have a baby after having surgery and what are the effects.

An abdominoplasty procedure is commonly done to correct the changes seen following pregnancy and childbirth and and ideally done after you've finished having children. 

Many women are concerned with the appearance of their body after having a baby. During pregnancy, the abdominal skin as well as abdominal muscles will stretch to accommodate the growing baby. In some pregnancies, the abdominal muscles ( six pack muscle)  may separate.  If this occurs, the abdominal area can look vastly different with unsightly bulging and hernias due to weakness of the abdominal wall. The operation will repair muscle separation, remove excess abdominal skin and contour the abdomen with liposuction to create a flat and firm stomach.

If you fall pregnant after you have had your tummy tuck, then your abdomen will go through all the changes including muscle stretching, muscle separation and the development of hernias due to the weakness. In addition your abdominal skin will stretch and your scar will darken. In short, you will be faced with the same issues you had with the appearance of your abdomen before your surgery. And you may have to undergo revision surgery after childbirth if you are unhappy with the appearance of your abdomen.  It is for this reason that plastic surgeons recommend waiting until you have finished having children to undergo this procedure.

The best thing to do if you are considering an abdominoplasty procedure, is to consult with a plastic surgeon.  He/she will be able to assess your case and circumstances, and offer advice on the best way to proceed. 

As with any medical procedure, it is important to seek the advice of a professional skilled in addressing your specific issue. Each person's anatomy is different and an examination and evaluation by a Plastic Surgeon will help determine the most appropriate and effective approach to meet your particular needs.

If you have any questions related to tummy tuck surgery, and live in Sydney, I invite you to attend one of my free Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery information evenings. I have one coming up soon. Click on the button below to learn more and register for a seat. This is perfect for people who are not yet ready to commit to a one on one consultation but have some questions they’d like answered by a certified plastic surgeon. Come along and ask me questions directly in a friendly, small group setting.

 

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Dr Naveen Somia MBBS, PhD, FRACS

Dr. Naveen Somia is a Sydney Plastic Surgeon who listens to his patients, understands their problems and works alongside them to help achieve their aesthetic goals by applying his skills and years of experience in Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. A published author on Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Naveen’s blog is aimed at helping you make the right choices and stay safe in your quest to look your personal best.