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With the media constantly exposing images of celebrities baring their post-pregnancy bodies that look no different than their pre-pregnancy bodies, women are under more pressure than ever to look their best after giving birth. Many women start exercising and dieting immediately after pregnancy to regain their pre-pregnancy appearance. Some women who undergo a cesarean section may turn to plastic surgery, particularly a tummy tuck, to restore the look and feel of their abdominal area. While a tummy tuck may seem like the answer you are looking for to reduce the amount of post C-section loose skin, there are several things to consider before jumping into this surgical option.

In my opinion, a tummy tuck should not be done at the same time as a c-section because of the high added risk to both mother and baby. Healing from a C-section is vital. A cesarean section involves a scar above the pubic area. It is important that this scar heals, that the blood volume and concentration normalize and that both mother and baby are doing well prior to performing a tummy tuck. Since the body endures a lot of changes during pregnancy, especially hormonal fluctuations, it is crucial that the body readjusts itself for at least eight weeks after delivery before starting an exercise routine or undergoing surgery.

As with any surgery, a tummy tuck requires healing and downtime. However, a new mommy has to take care of her newborn baby, so downtime is rarely an option as well. (See job description for moms– 24/365 on call!) A cesarean section is an invasive procedure that can leave you bedridden for several days after the procedure. It is associated with significant blood loss and therefore adding another long operation may compromise recovery and the important baby-mother bonding time. If you are a new mother, you need all the energy you can get to take care of your baby. Putting your body through a second surgical procedure will also prolong your recovery time. Therefore, it is better for you (and your newborn baby) to wait until you are fully healed from your C-section before you undergo a tummy tuck.

During your consultation with Dr. Hiatt, you can discuss aspects of an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery. He will help determine if this surgery is best for your individual needs and desires. If you would like additional information about a tummy tuck or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Karl Hiatt, please contact our plastic surgery office in Mesa Arizona at (480) 844-1410.