If you've just had a baby, you know firsthand that it was no small feat. Bringing a little human into the world is nothing short of a miracle. However, for many women, pregnancy alters their bodies in ways they might not expect.
Pregnancy significantly affects your tummy, stretching your abdominal walls to accommodate your baby for nine months. After delivery, your belly may not look like it used to pre-pregnancy, and getting a tummy tuck can help with that.
At Matthew J. Lynch, MD, we understand that looking good makes you feel good. Dr. Matthew Lynch is a board-certified surgeon with over two decades of experience performing cosmetic and reconstructive procedures in East Windsor, New Jersey.
If you've just had a baby, while a tummy tuck might be the answer to achieving your body goals, you need to learn more about what to expect from the procedure and how long after delivery you can get your tummy tuck. This post delves into that.
What is a tummy tuck?
It's common for most women to have loose skin and muscles in their stomach area after pregnancy.
A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery to remove excess fat and skin from your belly. During the procedure, we also tighten your abdominal wall muscles that typically become stretched during pregnancy.
How soon after having a baby can I get a tummy tuck?
As a rule of thumb, if you've just had a baby, you should wait six months to a year before coming for a tummy tuck procedure. However, no two women are the same, and pregnancy is a highly individual process.
We can only determine a definite timeline for your tummy tuck after you come in for a consultation.
We recommend waiting six months before any surgical cosmetic procedure to give your body time to fully heal after having your baby.
Getting a tummy tuck before the recommended wait time could result in complications during your surgery and adversely alter your results after the procedure.
What if I had a tummy tuck before having my baby? Can I get another one?
Having a baby after getting a tummy tuck can inadvertently alter the results you have. The good news is that it's possible to rectify this after your pregnancy in what is known as revision surgery.
A revision surgery helps restore your tummy to what it looked like pre-pregnancy. Even with revision surgery, it's advisable to consult with us to determine how soon after your pregnancy you can undergo the procedure.
What to expect from the procedure
Getting a tummy tuck begins with a consultation with Dr. Matthew Lynch. During the consultation, he evaluates your medical and family history to ensure you are fit for surgery. He also discusses your goals and the best methods to achieve them.
The procedure takes a couple of hours, and you are under general anesthesia, so you feel no pain. You are encouraged to avoid strenuous exercises and activities while you recover. You can expect to see the full extent of your results three to six months after your procedure.
If you are considering getting a tummy tuck, it's crucial to let a skilled and experienced surgeon like Dr. Matthew Lynch handle it, especially after pregnancy. Get the process started today by booking an appointment online or calling.