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.