What if I Become Pregnant after my Tummy Tuck?

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For women seeking to regain their pre-pregnancy bodies, a tummy tuck is one of the most commonly sought procedures.  After all, there is nothing better to fix the slack abdominal muscles and excess skin that are unfortunately common after pregnancy.  For best results, wait to have your tummy tuck until you are not planning further pregnancies.  But sometimes people change their minds and accidental pregnancies can occur despite all precautions.  So should you be concerned if you get pregnant after a tummy tuck procedure?

There is no need to be worried about any serious health complications resulting from the tummy tuck.  A tummy tuck does not affect the uterus, and will not lead to complications for either you or the baby.  There is no truth to the rumors that premature birth or any other threat to the baby's health is expected as a result of pregnancy following a tummy tuck.

There are some things that you might experience.  Some women feel additional tightness and discomfort in the abdominal area.  This is due to the permanent stitches placed to tighten the abdominal muscles.  You are not likely to know whether you will have pain or the degree of your pain until you feel it.  It varies from case to case and the majority of women feel no effects whatsoever.

More certain is that the results of your abdominoplasty will be almost completely undone.  If you are inclined to suffer stretch marks and had your previous ones removed, they will likely return.  Your muscles will lose their tautness.  Because of the nature of fat distribution in the body, you may or may not see the return of fat deposits that you had removed or reduced with liposuction related to your tummy tuck.

With the loss of results, you may want to have a second tummy tuck operation to restore your figure, but not everyone can have a second operation. If you are unlucky, your muscles may be too stretched to be adequately tightened.  Even where possible, the results of the second tummy tuck are not expected to be as good as the first.

If you want to learn more about tummy tuck operations, contact Park Plaza Plastic Surgery today to schedule a tummy tuck consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon George Lefkovits.

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