Now or Later? What to Ask When Considering a Tummy Tuck Before or After Pregnancy.

tummy-tuck-and-pregnancyPregnancy causes stretching of the abdomen, which often leads to permanent contour changes.  Skin folds, stubborn fat and muscle separation may never improve through diet and exercise alone. This stretching is so common that postpartum tummy tucks have become a key component of what has affectionately been termed the “mommy makeover.” Tummy tucks are also common procedures for women who have never had children. For both postpartum mothers and women without children, there are a few questions to ask before undergoing the procedure.

Will a Tummy Tuck Affect My Ability to Get Pregnant?

No. Some women who hope to have children but do not expect pregnancy anytime soon will elect to have a tummy tuck. While pregnancy may result in skin stretching around the abdomen that will ultimately “un-do” the benefits of abdominplasty, the procedure should not affect the patient’s ability to become pregnant and develop a fetus through term.

Do I Plan on Having More Children?

This is one of the most important questions to ask when considering a tummy tuck. Even if you have never been pregnant before, if you plan on having children in the future, you might want to avoid getting a tummy tuck until after your last child is born. Pregnancy after tummy tuck often results in more stretching that requires secondary revision surgery.

Abdominoplasty and mommy makeover can go a long way in restoring a woman’s confidence after pregnancy. While a tummy tuck should not interfere with future pregnancy, it is generally best to wait until afterward in order to avoid the need for revision.