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I am 20 weeks pregnant and wanted to have a tummy tuck right after delivery. I will...

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I am 20 weeks pregnant and wanted to have a tummy tuck right after delivery. I will deliver by Caesarean section. Is it possible to coordinate the tummy tuck with the Caesarean section? If so, will the tummy tuck interfere with my ability to breastfeed? Should there be a waiting period after delivery?

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A tummy tuck should not be done at the time of a Caesarean section, or even in conjunction with a vaginal delivery. You should wait at least 6 months.

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Tummy Tuck at the time of Caesarean Section is not a good idea.  Risks are much higher, tissues have yet to stabilize to determine what, if anything will need future sculpture.  Tummy Tuck surgery can involve medications that could be an issue for breast feeding.

After Pregnancy Plastic Surgery has much to offer.  For my patients, I recommend that they wait until their tissues have stabilized.  Weight gained during pregnancy can also be an issue.  In general, weight loss before surgery is better than weight loss after.  What is the sense of tightening/lifting structures, losing weight and seeing them sag again? Although Revision Tummy Tuck may then be an option, that just does not make much sense to me.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bermant, M.D. Board Certified American Board of Plastic Surgery

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