Mothers who are scheduled to have a baby via cesarean section delivery may hear about combining the birth with a tummy tuck—a procedure sometimes called a “C-tuck.” Even though it sounds promising, this concept falls into the category of too good to be true. I wouldn’t recommend following a C-section with a tummy tuck to my Columbia, MO, patients for several reasons that I’ll explain in this blog post.
Plastic Surgeons Have Unique Training
A tummy tuck is a complicated procedure, and plastic surgeons are uniquely qualified to perform this surgery. Even though an obstetrician may trim some excess skin after the cesarean birth, that shouldn’t be confused with a tummy tuck. Abdominoplasty—a tummy tuck—involves an incision that stretches from hip to hip and removes a significant amount of skin. It also repairs abdominal muscles that are often separated during pregnancy. Even if the OB-GYN has a plastic surgeon perform the C-tuck, the conditions aren’t optimal.
Immediately after delivering a baby via C-section, a woman’s abdomen is very swollen. Pregnancy stretches the abdominal muscles and skin, and the uterus remains enlarged for weeks or even months after delivery. The goal of a tummy tuck is to get a result that helps you feel comfortable with your body. Combining it with a C-section won’t produce the best possible outcome. The body continues changing for months after giving birth, making it impossible to get the desired results from body contouring surgery performed immediately after the delivery. Waiting several months after the C-section is the right time.
Recuperating from a C-section delivery is challenging enough. The last thing the mother of a newborn needs is to prolong her recovery from additional surgery. A tummy tuck involves tightening stomach muscles, limiting the mom’s movements and activities for longer than what’s required after a C-section. For example, patients aren’t able to do any significant lifting for about 6 weeks after a tummy tuck. That could pose some problems for the parent of a newborn.
It’s essential to be in good overall health before undergoing a tummy tuck. Women are often exhausted after pregnancy and C-section delivery, and their bodies are vulnerable. Hormone levels are unpredictable. The risk of blood clots increases, and it’s more likely the new moms will retain fluid, elevating the risk of infection when a surgeon operates on the uterus.
As you can see, the risks of performing a tummy tuck immediately after a C-section delivery simply aren’t worth it for the patient. I recommend that a woman who is finished having children wait until her body is completely healed and has maintained a stable weight for at least a few months before scheduling a tummy tuck.
Abdominoplasty can be a truly transformative procedure as you can see in our gallery of before-and-after photos. Women considering a tummy tuck travel from Jefferson City and throughout Missouri to my practice for body contouring Mommy Makeover procedures such as tummy tuck and breast augmentation. You can use our online form to request a consultation or call my practice at (573) 443-5500 to schedule an appointment.