Working as a plastic surgeon in Toronto, I see a large number of moms seeking cosmetic surgery procedures like a tummy tuck after childbirth. A common question among women who have a scheduled c-section is, “Can I have a tummy tuck right after my delivery?”
Although this may seem like a logical idea in theory – the doctor is already “in there” and can presumably tighten things up after the baby is born – an immediate tummy tuck is not advisable. In general, it’s best to wait about 6 months before having a tummy tuck after a c-section. There are several reasons for this, including:
- Your body needs time to recover from childbirth. Pregnancy and childbirth put a tremendous amount of strain on your body. Adding another elective surgical procedure on top of that will make your first few weeks of motherhood very difficult. Give yourself plenty of time to recover so that you can keep up with the demands of your new baby.
- You should give yourself time to lose the baby weight before a tummy tuck. It’s best to be at a stable, healthy before surgery. This is generally true for any body contouring procedure since subsequent weight gain or loss can affect the results of your procedure.
- The final shape of your abdomen will not appear for about 6 months. Your skin and muscles will take some time to shrink back down to their original state. It’s best to wait and see how your body responds to pregnancy before undergoing surgery. In some women with good skin elasticity, a tummy tuck may not even be necessary.