31 Oct What You Need To Know About Pregnancy After Abdominoplasty
Pregnancy and childbirth can leave some long-term effects behind, often in the form of loose skin in the midsection and separated abdominal muscles. That’s why many mothers opt for abdominoplasty from John Park MD Plastic Surgery following childbirth – to tighten and tone their stomach region to create a flat and smooth tummy. The best time to undergo abdominoplasty is once you’re finished having children, but we understand things happen. Some of the best gifts in life are not planned. It’s important to note that pregnancy after a tummy tuck is possible and can successfully be carried out; however, there are a few things that you should keep in mind.
Will Pregnancy Affect My Abdominoplasty Results?
There’s no clear answer to this question as everyone is different. Some women who get pregnant following abdominoplasty continue to love their results long after they give birth. However, there’s a strong possibility that any future pregnancies can alter your abdominoplasty results as you’re still susceptible to gaining weight and developing stretchmarks that will affect your skin and possibly your abdominal muscles. Excess skin may refuse to bounce back, and abdominal muscles can separate once more due to your belly expanding. These are the factors that are taken into consideration when deciding if revision abdominoplasty will be necessary.
Will My Tummy Tuck Scar Cause C-Section Complications?
In short, it shouldn’t. Your abdominoplasty scar is only relevant due to scar tissue, which shouldn’t be looked at any differently than a repeat C-section would. It’s important that you let your OB/GYN know that you had a tummy tuck. This allows them to determine if they are able to use the same incision site for your upcoming C-section. Your physician, however, may not close your incision the same way as Newport Beach plastic surgeon Dr. John Park did so your original abdominoplasty scar may change following birth.
Always Discuss Your Future Plans with Dr. Park
Regardless of what your future plans are, it’s always wise to let Dr. Park know whether you’re planning to have more children or not. With abdominoplasty, if a patient is adamant about having the procedure before she is done having children, there may be ways to modify the surgery that will still allow the body to accommodate a growing baby without affecting the results too much. Discuss your wishes and together, you and Dr. Park can make the best surgical decision for you.
If you’re considering an abdominoplasty, or if you’ve already had a tummy tuck but are now considering having another child and want to know your risks, contact John Park MD Plastic Surgery at (949) 777-6883 to schedule a consultation.