Key Reasons to Postpone a Tummy Tuck
posted on 3/20/2012
If you’ve been thinking about getting a tummy tuck and are of child-bearing age, your plastic surgeon might recommend that you postpone your surgery until after your final pregnancy. Many women who have recently had children want to get a tummy tuck to get back their flat stomach and tight abs. Pregnancy usually stretches out the skin and can also break down the abdominal wall – a situation that doesn’t repair itself on its own. Only a surgeon can go in and tighten loose muscles and get rid of excess skin. Tummy tucks can be very effective for this very process, but should be deferred until the last pregnancy or you might have to get another procedure.
Why You Might Postpone a Tummy Tuck:
- You still have weight to lose. If you are in the process of losing weight through diet and exercise, you might want to wait until you reach your ideal weight before undergoing the tummy tuck procedure. You will need to stabilize your weight before you have surgery and any additional weight you lose might cause loose or sagging skin. This skin can be tightened with the tummy tuck procedure.
- You are thinking about getting other body contouring procedures. If you want to get an arm lift, a thigh lift, or other body contouring procedures, you could get a tummy tuck with these procedures so that you don’t have go through the entire surgery process twice. Most surgeons use general anesthesia to perform the tummy tuck, so you could have the surgeon work on multiple body parts while you were under anesthesia to make the process simpler.
- You might have another child in the next few years. Ideal patients for an abdominoplasty are women who are beyond their child bearing years or those who have decided not to have any more children. If you end up having another child after a tummy tuck, all of the surgeon’s work will come undone and you will have to pay the high price for another procedure at a later date.
Talk to a board-certified cosmetic surgeon in your area to find out if you would be a good candidate for at tummy tuck, or if you need to postpone your treatment.