When can I undergo my abdominoplasty after pregnancy ?
When can I undergo my abdominoplasty after pregnancy?
Abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that retrieves the firm and flat abdomen, especially after post-pregnancy skin slackening. The procedure can be only considered after several months from childbirth. Since during pregnancy, the body undergoes dramatic morphological changes, the fittest solution is to wait for a certain period of time until abdomen skin properly retrieves its original form.
The effects of abdominoplasty after pregnancy
Abdominoplasty acts as a corrective surgery for unwanted sequela of pregnancy relating to the abdomen. The procedure aims at:
- Removing accumulated fat from different regions of the abdomen through a liposuction
- Lifting the abdomen skin for a smoother and firmer appearance (loosened abdominal skin is tightened, then sutured along with the deep and superficial layers of the outer abdominal wall)
- Improve muscular maintenance of the abdominal wall (after pregnancy, muscular maintenance becomes weaker)
How much time should I wait before undergoing an abdominoplasty?
After childbirth, you will have to wait for a minimum of 6 to 12 months before considering to undergo an abdominoplasty. It is important to wait until abdominal tissues are fully regenerated. It is also possible to undergo the surgery in between two pregnancies, provided that the three events (the first pregnancy, the abdominoplasty and the second pregnancy) take place at evenly spaced time intervals.
Regardless of the surgery; whether it is an abdominoplasty, a breast enhancement surgery, a liposuction, or else, it is at all times important to schedule a meeting with your surgeon to determine the period during which you will need to wait until your surgery. The latter is essential as it will ensure that the surgery be performed in the best possible conditions.
Undergoing an abdominoplasty before pregnancy
If you have already underwent an abdominoplasty and consider having a child after several years or months, no worries. The latter remains possible provided that you take certain precautions into account. Generally speaking, there are no contraindications to pregnancy after having underwent an abdominoplasty. It is nevertheless recommended to wait for a minimum of 6 to 12 months before considering pregnancy.
The latter can however depend on the patient’s case; and therefore, each should be treated separately. It is important that the post-surgical scars heal properly and completely before considering pregnancy. The patient should also bear in mind that results of an abdominoplasty may be deteriorated after pregnancy due to the dramatic morphological changes a mother’s body can undergo.