July 29, 2015
Tummy tuck focuses on removing excess skin and fat from the abdomen, giving you a slimmer, sleeker contour. The surgery will not affect your ability to have children in any way.
That said, Austin tummy tuck patients will likely lose the benefits of their surgery during pregnancy. This has to do with the way that the procedure works and the way that the body changes as a baby grows.
Tummy Tuck and the Effects of Pregnancy
When your body loses a lot of weight in a short period of time, your skin doesn’t always have the ability to constrict into the body’s new shape. This can leave you with loose, unwanted skin around your abdomen as well as other areas of your body.
This is one of the effects of pregnancy. Since your belly extends to make room for a baby, you will likely have loose skin after you give birth, even if you had a tummy tuck sometime in the past.
What Our Austin Tummy Tuck Surgeon Recommends
If you know that you will be starting a family in the near future, Dr. Tjelmeland will typically advise you to wait before having a tummy tuck procedure. The surgery can provide excellent results, but it requires an investment of time and recovery that may not be worth it for only a few years of improvement before giving birth.
Consider revisiting the idea of plastic surgery after you are done having children. Often at that time, patients choose to have a complete mommy makeover rather than tummy tuck surgery alone. This allows them to address excess skin around the abdomen as well as restore fullness to the breasts, eliminate areas of fat, and achieve aesthetic improvement in other areas.
Get answers to other questions about tummy tuck. Call Meridian Plastic Surgery’s Austin offices for an initial consultation at 512-617-7500, or use our online form.