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How Long After A Tummy Tuck Should You Get Pregnant?

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If you are considering tummy tuck surgery, you may have been encouraged to wait until you are done building your family before having the procedure. While deferring a tummy tuck until after childbearing certainly has its benefits, waiting to undergo abdominoplasty is not always preferred – or possible. The caring team of board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Reston, VA understands that life may not always go according to plan and is committed to helping patients achieve, maintain, and/or restore their ideal tummy tuck results after pregnancy. Learn more about a tummy tuck after pregnancy here, including when it may be safe and appropriate to consider another pregnancy.

What does a tummy tuck do?

Also known as abdominoplasty, the tummy tuck is one of the most popular body contouring procedures among both men and women looking to sculpt a trimmer, slimmer midsection after weight loss or aging. A large majority of Northern Virginia tummy tuck patients, however, are women who have had one or more children and want to reverse the unwanted side effects of pregnancy, including:

  • Loose skin
  • Hanging abdominal skin
  • Stubborn fat
  • Diastasis recti (separated abdominal muscles)
  • Mommy pooch/pouch
  • Hernia
  • Bulging waistline/hips/flanks
  • Muffin top
  • Stretch marks
  • Low self-esteem

Depending on the nature and extent of a patient’s concerns, the team of surgeons at Austin-Weston may recommend either a traditional tummy tuck, mini tummy tuck, extended tummy tuck, reverse tummy tuck, or a combination of several body contouring procedures. Oftentimes, liposuction fat removal is performed in conjunction with a tummy tuck surgery to address stubborn pockets of fat and create a smoother, more attractive final result.

Can you get pregnant after a tummy tuck surgery?

Absolutely! Although patients are typically encouraged to wait until they are done having children to undergo certain cosmetic procedures, it is both possible and safe to become pregnant after a tummy tuck. While some women report a tightness in the midsection during pregnancy after abdominoplasty, this is not dangerous for the mother or baby. Patients should understand, however, that pregnancy after tummy tuck surgery can significantly compromise or even reverse their original results. Likewise, weight gain – whether associated with pregnancy or not – can adversely impact tummy tuck results. Fortunately, a repeat or revision procedure can help to restore a more feminine, appealing figure once again.

When is it safe to get pregnant after a tummy tuck?

Ideally, patients should allow their bodies at least a year to recover after tummy tuck surgery before considering pregnancy. However, should a pregnancy occur unexpectedly before this time, there is no inherent cause for concern. Under the care of a qualified and experienced physician, women can enjoy a comfortable and successful pregnancy even after having had a previous tummy tuck.

Get the feminine, sexy figure you’ve always wanted – before or after pregnancy – with a tummy tuck in Northern Virginia

Are you years away from having children but want to enjoy a more attractive figure in the meantime? Or do you want to reverse the side effects of a previous pregnancy but are still considering having another child in the future? In either case, tummy tuck surgery may be possible and appropriate for you. To learn more about the exciting benefits of a tummy tuck in Reston, VA, call the knowledgeable team at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery to schedule your private in-person or virtual consultation with one of our acclaimed board-certified plastic surgeons today. We look forward to helping you achieve the stunning look you want at any point in your life with a Northern VA tummy tuck surgery!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.