Can I Have Children After My Tummy Tuck?

February 26th, 2016

children-after-tummy-tuckOnce you have a tummy tuck procedure, you will want to maintain the results of your surgery for as long as possible. A tummy tuck is often a procedure that a woman chooses to undergo after she is done having children. We understand there may be reasons you might consider getting a tummy tuck before you’re positive you are done bearing children, but you aren’t sure if it is safe.

The short answer is yes, you can safely have children after your tummy tuck – with no harm to mom or baby – but read on for more information to consider before making a decision for yourself.

Waiting Until You Done Having Children

The ideal timing for The Woodlands tummy tuck patients is to wait until you have decided not to have any additional children. This allows you to get a finalized look ensuring your abdominal wall muscles will not be stretched further.

If you think you may have another child in the next one to three years, we recommend that you wait to get a tummy tuck procedure. Unfortunately, once you have a tummy tuck and become pregnant, it can be difficult for some women to preserve the results of the procedure. This could lead to a second tummy tuck procedure.

Why Wouldn’t You Wait to get a Tummy Tuck?

The Woodlands plastic surgeon, Wesley T. Myers, helps empower his patients with knowledge before making a final decision on getting surgery. The doctor is aware there may be reasons you would consider getting a tummy tuck before you are sure you’re done having children.

You may be a single mother who is unsure if she will have children with another life partner in the future. This may leave you considering surgery now, especially if you are not currently in a relationship. You may want to enjoy the look and feel of your tummy tuck surgery now, but keep your options open for a later time. This is one of many understandable scenarios where you may opt to have a tummy tuck even if you are not sure you’re done having children. Dr. Myers can help you decide what your options are, and what works best for you.

Preserving Tummy Tuck Results During Pregnancy

Should you decide to grow your family a few years after your tummy tuck surgery, it is important to do all you can to preserve the results of your surgery during pregnancy.

The most important thing you can do to preserve your tummy tuck is to gain as little weight as is healthy during your pregnancy. This can also provide other benefits (such as decreased risk of other pregnancy complications like diabetes) but it will also help to prevent stretching your skin and abdominal wall muscles.

You may need to have a mini tummy tuck if you do have children after your initial tummy tuck. In some cases, the entire procedure may need to be repeated. We can help you understand all your options during your consultation.

Contact Myers Plastic Surgery in The Woodlands for tummy tuck information, and book your consultation today.