Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a great option for mothers that have cesarean sections and are bothered by a flabby abdominal profile. Not only can the body contouring procedure flatten and tighten the abdomen, but it can also dramatically improve the appearance of a C-section scar.
Dr. Erwin Bulan, a top Northern New Jersey plastic surgeon, shares what all women need to know about having tummy tuck after a C-section.
The Aesthetic Results of Tummy Tuck after C-section
Tummy tuck is designed to remove excess skin on the abdomen, as well as suture together muscles separated during pregnancy. This “dual layer” abdominal tightening helps to create a transformed abdomen. In addition, excess fat can be thinned with liposuction techniques, for a flatter contour.
Tummy tuck requires making an incision, typically right above the pubic hairline, running horizontally from hipbone to hipbone. In women who have undergone a C-section, the existing scar can be incorporated into the new scar. A portion of the C-section scar can be removed if it is located on the excised skin, while the remaining scarring is moved lower on the abdomen to create a smoother profile. Thanks to the aesthetic benefits of tummy tuck, most women are happy to trade in their C-section scar for a tummy scar, which can be easily concealed beneath underwear and most bathing suit bottoms.
Timing Is Key
Tummy tuck after a C-section is safe and successful, so long as it is performed and timed properly. Before undergoing tummy tuck, women must be fully recovered from their C-section and pregnancy. Giving your body enough time to heal not only decreases the risk of tummy tuck complications, but it also increases your chances of a superior aesthetic outcome. While each woman heals at her own pace, most women are cleared for tummy tuck six months after having a C-section.
Other factors must be considered when timing a tummy tuck. Patients must be at a healthy and stable weight. For the best aesthetic results, it is recommended that women wait until they are done having children, as future weight gain and pregnancy can sabotage their tummy tuck results.
To learn more about tummy tuck or the other body contouring or “mommy makeover” treatment options Dr. Bulan offers for restoring a pre-baby body, schedule a personal consultation. Contact this Northern New Jersey practice by calling (973) 467-9744 today.