After having a C-section, many women have questions about whether or not they can still have a tummy tuck in the future, and, if so, how long they might have to wait to do so. In short, you can schedule a tummy tuck after a C-section, but you will first have to wait until you’ve healed.
These FAQS will help you sort fact from fiction when considering and planning your post-C-section tummy tuck.
How Long After a C-Section Can You Have a Tummy Tuck?
Many women choose to wait until they’ve completed their families to get a tummy tuck for longer-lasting results.
The exact amount of time to wait between a C-section and tummy tuck will vary from person to person. You will want to wait until you’ve completely healed from your C-section before moving forward with an elective procedure like a tummy tuck or mommy makeover. Generally speaking, this can take around 4 to 6 weeks.
If you are breastfeeding, you will likely be advised to wait until you’ve finished breastfeeding to get a tummy tuck.
Can You Combine a C-Section and a Tummy Tuck?
No, combining a C-section and tummy tuck is not recommended. There are many reasons for this, including:
- Prolonged recovery
- Added surgical risks
- Lost time spent with your new child
- Your body weight and shape still need time to change
You will have a much less complicated experience and superior results by waiting until you’ve completely recovered from your C-section to get abdominoplasty.
Will a Tummy Tuck Remove My C-Section Scar?
In many cases, the same scar from your C-section can be used as the incision for your tummy tuck, so you will not be left with two separate scars. If this is not possible, the C-section scar may be removed along with excess skin during your tummy tuck.
If you have additional questions or would like to schedule a tummy tuck consultation, please contact us online or call our office at 916-983-9895.