Can I Have a Tummy Tuck if I’ve had a C-Section?

As Dr. David Whiteman of Southern Plastic Surgery has discussed in previous blog posts detailing mommy makeover surgery, a woman’s body goes through numerous changes during pregnancy and post child birth.  That is why most mommy makeover surgeries are usually comprised of a series of procedures such as: liposuction, breast lift (mastopexy), breast augmentation, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty.)
For most women, the changing appearance of their abdomen, caused by the extreme growth and variable contracture after birth, tends to be the most physically dramatic during pregnancy.  In addition to body changes, for some women, having a baby also involves a Can I Have a Tummy Tuck if I’ve had a C-Section?.  A c-section requires a surgeon to make an incision to access the mother’s uterus and remove the baby.  This is a type of surgery from which women must properly recover before having any additional procedures.  However, there is usually no reason a previous, healed c-section should keep a woman from approaching a tummy tuck to reattach the abdominal muscles and skin that can become stretched and lax by a baby.
In fact, in addition to removing excess skin and tightening muscle, a tummy tuck is often effective in reducing the amount of scar tissue created by a c-section.  Dr. Whiteman reiterates to patients that this is a surgical procedure that should be approached with due caution especially for women who have just been through the taxing process of giving birth.  Additionally, women should allow ample time for their bodies to normalize hormone levels before they seek surgical consultation as hormones greatly affect the appearance of tissues and fluid levels.
To learn more about the cosmetic surgery procedures Dr. Whiteman performs or to schedule an Atlanta tummy tuck consultation contact his office, visit his website or subscribe to his blog.

Helping Women Reclaim Their Bodies After Pregnancy with Mommy Makeover Surgery

As most new parents will attest, having a baby is life changing. As most mothers will also attest, being pregnant and having a baby are also body changing experiences (some of those changes are little less welcome than others.) After listening to the stories of several post maternity patients, Dr. David Whiteman of Southern Plastic Surgery is now spotlighting his surgical skills with mommy makeover surgery.

While all mommy makeover surgical plans must be custom tailored to each mother’s concerns and health histories, Dr. David Whiteman’s mommy makeover surgery often consists of tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty), to tighten the abdominal muscle and/or remove skin that is stretched with the baby’s growth, liposuction of small areas of fat, and breast augmentation or breast lift procedures to remedy the effects of breast feeding and to restore mothers’ bodies to their pre-baby appearance.

As evidenced by his previous blogs, Dr. Whiteman is a major proponent of responsible, health-oriented life changes– not quick fixes. He understands the extreme pressure on new mother’s to instantly bounce back to their pre-baby appearance, but emphasizes the fact that major physical changes take time stating:

“It takes nine whole months for a baby to fully develop. Therefore, it is unrealistic to expect that reversing the effects from those changes could be instantaneous.”

Also important to note, mommy makeover surgery is only suitable for women who are done having children; as additional pregnancy could reverse surgical results. To schedule a consultation, call Dr. Whiteman’s office or visit his website to develop a plan to get you back to your pre-baby best!