After pregnancy, it’s common for mothers to want to get their pre-baby bodies back. Diet and exercise alone may not be enough, as there may be loose skin and/or separated abdominal muscles to address as well. As a result, women often look to post-pregnancy tummy tucks to reclaim their body and boost their self-esteem. So, how soon after birth is a tummy tuck an option?
There Is No Single Answer
There is such a thing as too soon. Three months is the minimum waiting period that most reputable plastic surgeons will consider, with many only scheduling tummy tucks six months or more after childbirth. Your body needs enough time to heal from pregnancy and labor before a major surgery is a viable option.
However, not all women are fully healed six months out, especially if there were complications. This means that the only way to know when a tummy tuck after babyis an option is to speak with a plastic surgeon.
Other Factors to Consider
[pullquote]Every woman will recover from childbirth at different rates, so don’t rush yourself.[/pullquote]
These additional variables can will determine when you might be ready for tummy tuck surgery:
- If you are still actively breastfeeding or were in the last three months.
- If you have a significant amount of weight loss ahead of you.
- If you want to have more children. While you can get pregnant after a tummy tuck, it may require you to have a revision tummy tuck in the future.
- If you have the help you need at home. You’ll need someone to help you take care of little ones while you recover.