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How Pregnancy Affects A Tummy Tuck

For women everywhere—particularly mothers—the tummy tuck remains one of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures each year. With the ability to provide a trimmer, flatter, and firmer stomach, it is no surprise that many women begin considering the procedure, especially after experiencing some of the changes associated with pregnancy and childbirth or after significant weight loss.

However, what to expect if a future pregnancy is to occur after a tummy tuck is an important topic to consider.

 What Is A Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a versatile plastic surgery procedure designed to smooth, tighten, and firm the abdominal area. With its long history of efficacy and safety backed by mountains of medical research, an abdominoplasty works well for both men and women of different ages. It is commonly used to redesign the stomach’s contours and tighten the skin and muscles around a person’s midsection. Many patients add liposuction for the most dramatic results.

Who Is A Good Candidate for Tummy Tuck?

The best way to determine if you are a suitable candidate for a tummy tuck procedure is to talk to a board certified cosmetic plastic surgeon. Typically, a good candidate must be in relatively good health, be a non-smoker, and have no issues with surgery or anesthesia. It is encouraged that patients reach their goal weight—within around 5-10 pounds—and have maintained that weight for at least six months before their surgery. Future weight gain can compromise the results of a tummy tuck.

What If I Get Pregnant After My Tummy Tuck?

If you do find yourself pregnant after your tummy tuck, or if you change your mind after several years and decide to add to your growing family, safety may be your primary concern. Try not to worry too much; pregnancy after a tummy tuck is not considered to have any inherent risk factors. In fact, many women have undergone tummy tuck procedures and became pregnant afterward who went on to deliver healthy, full-term babies without any complications.

Most women’s central concern is the potential adverse effects the pregnancy will have on their tummy tuck results. With the significant weight fluctuation and abdominal stretching that inevitably will occur during the pregnancy, there is certainly a possibility that you could need revision surgery. However, it is equally possible that your results will return to normal with proper diet and exercise during your pregnancy.

Tummy Tuck in Virginia with Dr. Shlomo Widder

If you are ready to learn more about the exciting ways to address your midsection concerns, perhaps it’s time to talk with a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon. At Widder Plastic Surgery, Dr. Shlomo Widder and his team of tummy tuck experts will customize a treatment plan around each unique individual.

With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Widder will be able to address all of your tummy tuck concerns, including the possibility of pregnancy after your tummy tuck. Place your trust in the hands of one of the best that the Washington D.C. area has to offer and contact Dr. Widder’s office here today.