Author: Burt Faibisoff, M.D., FRCS (C)
When is the best time to get a tummy tuck? Is abdominoplasty safe while you’re still growing your family? Should you wait until your childbearing years are over? When it comes to tummy tucks and other cosmetic procedures, the answer is different for everyone. However, there are a few questions you may want to consider before deciding to get a tummy tuck.
Are you finished having children?
Many women want to know if they can still get pregnant after having a tummy tuck. Generally, I recommend that women wait to get a tummy tuck until after they are finished having children. It goes without saying, pregnancy stretches the muscles and skin of the abdominal wall. In some cases, this stretching could reverse some of the work done in the abdominoplasty.
If you do get pregnant after you have a tummy tuck, there’s no need to worry. Having children after an abdominoplasty is still safe. You may find that you carry the baby a little higher in the abdomen (though some women experience little to no difference between pre- and post-abdominoplasty pregnancies).
What are your expectations and goals?
Secondly, what do you want to get out of your tummy tuck? Renewed confidence? A better self-image? Your reasons should be your reasons, not someone else’s. If you aren’t entirely sure what your goals are, it might be wise to wait to get your tummy tuck. (Tip: try writing down your thoughts about getting a tummy tuck. Go back and review them several weeks or months later, and see if anything has changed.)
Are you close to the weight you want to be?
Abdominoplasty is a safe way to get rid of excess pounds that diet and exercise won’t help you with. The best abdominoplasty candidate is already near his or her desired weight. The best time to get a tummy tuck is when you have already achieved most of your weight loss goal.
Do you smoke?
Smokers will need to quit the habit for at least 6-8 weeks prior to getting a tummy tuck. Chemicals in cigarettes severely inhibit healthy blood flow, which as a result can slow the healing process.
Have more questions about abdominoplasty? Would you like to talk to a surgeon to see if a tummy tuck is right for you? Schedule a free consultation, or call Four Peaks Plastic Surgery at 480-257-2670.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.