Jul 12, 2017

Should you wait to have a tummy tuck until you’re done having kids?

Not all pregnancies are planned; however, if you are considering a tummy tuck, it may be a good idea to wait until after you have kids.

The tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, procedure has been on the rise in the recent years, largely due to women wanting to regain their pre-pregnancy body, or achieve the figure they’ve always wanted now that they’re done having kids.

It’s not uncommon for diet and exercise alone to not be enough to regain your figure, or achieve the shape you’ve always wanted. A tummy tuck is the ideal procedure for someone in this position.

Here’s why we recommend waiting until you’re done having children:

It can help reduce the effects of pregnancy on the body.

Sagging skin and excess fat are two complaints we often hear from women who have had children. A tummy tuck procedure can help reduce excess skin and remove unwanted fat that existed before or as a result of pregnancy. Some effects of pregnancy, such as diastasis recti, cannot be diminished through diet and exercise. Diastasis recti, or the separation of abdominal muscles, creates a gap and a pooch of fat that for many women will never go away. A tummy tuck is one of the sole ways to reduce the effects of diastasis while eliminating the unwanted signs of pregnancy.

You will have lower risk of having to redo the procedure if you wait.

Pregnancy can undo muscle repair and add back the fat removed during a tummy tuck procedure. To ensure that you will not need to undergo multiple procedures, it’s recommended that women wait until they’re done having children to undergo a tummy tuck procedure. Although there will need to be a commitment to maintaining a healthy diet and moderate level of fitness to ensure lasting results no matter when you undergo a tummy tuck procedure, you will see the best results if you wait until after you have kids.

Want to find out if a tummy tuck is right for you? Contact us for a free consultation and discuss your treatment options with one of the surgeons on our staff.