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How soon after a C-section can I have a tummy tuck?
You have two issues to consider:
1. Hormones need to stabilize, and vessels that get engorged during pregnancy need to resolve, Getting the uterus back to normal usually takes about 3 months. Therefore from that point of view, you should weight 3-6 months.
2. Breast feeding: If you are breast feeding you need to wait until you are finished and the breasts are dry. Also, you have to consider taking care of the baby after surgery. You may not be able to lift or carry the baby, because of pain. You will need to arrange for help with the baby for at least 2-3 weeks
You should wait at least 6 months to one year before undergoing tummy tuck surgery. It is essential that you are through with breast feeding and have enough social support at home to take care of the baby.
C-Sections & Tummy Tucks – One should not have a tummy tuck at the same time as a C-section, but can wait usually 3-6 months or preferentially more than 6 months after to allow for optimal wound healing.