There was a rumor around that Hollywood moms got tummy tucks included in their c-sections. True or not, this is not recommended. It may sound like an ideal combination, giving you the opportunity to get your pre-pregnancy body back even before you have to fight to lose your baby weight, but that is the problem, not the benefit.
Let's forget for a moment that this is an OB/GYN we're talking about here and just address the issue of the simultaneous C-section / tummy tuck. Combining these two procedures is not a good idea because it's impossible to adequately gauge the appropriate surgical correction necessary to give the desired body contouring results. This is true for many reasons:
- The uterus has expanded to accommodate the fetus, until it shrinks the doctor cannot know exactly how much skin and fat to remove to give you an optimum abdominal shape
- You will continue to lose weight--or maybe not--after pregnancy. Until your weight is stabilized the exact amount of skin and fat to remove with a tummy tuck or liposuction is not known
- How well your skin will contract is unknown at this point--skin can suffer significantly with the stress of child-rearing and lapses in your skincare regime.
Add to these concerns that you just don't want to be adding extra stress to your body at this time. Not only is your body already recovering from the stress of childbirth, but you also have the demands of being a new mother to deal with. Even if you could find an OB/GYN who would do this, you wouldn't want it.
On the other hand, if you are a mother who has tried to recover your figure after pregnancy, but diet and exercise aren't giving you the results you want, then a tummy tuck may be able to help you.
To learn more about a tummy tuck, or other procedures sometimes included in a "mommy makeover," please call or email Dr. George Lefkovits today to schedule a consultation.