At my practice, some female patients interested in tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) inquire about the effects a future pregnancy may have on their bodies. Two of the most popular questions I hear include: “Is it alright to undergo an abdominoplasty before having kids?” and “If I do get pregnant after tummy tuck surgery, are there any risks?” While specific answers to these questions need to be provided in-person during a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon, the following information is generally true for most individuals.
Receiving a tummy tuck before having kids is certainly possible for many women who have extra skin, excess fat, and/or stretched musculature in the abdomen that does not respond to diet and exercise efforts. Having said that, virtually all board-certified plastic surgeons recommend that any prospective abdominoplasty patient who is also considering starting a family at some point in the future wait until she is finished having children before pursuing treatment. (The same advice is given to women who already have kids but plan to have more.)
The reason for postponing tummy tuck surgery until you are finished having children relates to how the physical changes typically associated with pregnancy can affect the results of a previous abdominoplasty. For instance, when skin expands and abdominal muscles stretch during pregnancy, the aesthetic concerns that were treated with the initial abdominoplasty can recur. Depending on the severity of the relapse, a tummy tuck revision might be necessary (or desired) to restore the results originally achieved.
As far as risks for pregnancy after tummy tuck surgery, from a strictly medical standpoint, there are none proven. A future pregnancy should not pose any health risks to a mother or her developing baby, but it will likely have a negative effect on the outcome of the prior abdominoplasty. As stated above, this could lead to the need and/or desire for a revisional treatment.
Ultimately, the information provided in this blog post should be viewed as a general rule of thumb—not a definitive answer for all women considering abdominoplasty. If you live in the Roanoke, VA area and would like personalized answers to questions you may have about tummy tuck and pregnancy, I encourage you to schedule a consultation at Aesthetic Surgery of Virginia today.
– Dr. Enrique A. Silberblatt, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon