Many patients looking to improve the appearance of the abdominal area opt for abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck. This procedure eliminates excess skin and fat from the abdomen and can also restore muscles that have weakened or separated for a smoother profile. This excess skin can be caused by a variety of factors such as:
- Major weight fluctuations
Many women wonder if it is safe to become pregnant after a tummy tuck. Although the term “tummy tuck” makes the surgery sound like it can be taken lightly, it is an extensive procedure.
Can I Get Pregnant After a Tummy Tuck?
Typically, most patients wait until they are done with child bearing before choosing to have a tummy tuck. If you are still planning to become pregnant, it is important to talk to your surgeon about it before having abdominoplasty.
Usually, having a tummy tuck does not interfere with pregnancies in the future. Studies have shown that women have been able to have safe pregnancies to term after having a tummy tuck, but to err on the side of caution, many doctors do not recommend having the procedure before a patient is done having children.
About the Procedure
The purpose of a tummy tuck is to tighten and restructure the abdominal wall and remove any loose skin. It also contours the abdomen, giving it a firmer and more youthful look. If you have had a tummy tuck prior to becoming pregnant, the abdominal wall will once again loosen. This may require a second tummy tuck or additional work down the road to return back to pre-pregnancy results.
Set Up a Consultation at Boulder Plastic Surgery Today
If you have been considering abdominoplasty or are concerned about getting pregnant after a tummy tuck, be sure to schedule a consultation at Boulder Plastic Surgery by calling 303-578-4193. Our board-certified plastic surgeons will be happy to answer any of your questions.