Can a tummy tuck be performed on a 33-year-old woman who has not yet had children but...

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Can a tummy tuck be performed on a 33-year-old woman who has not yet had children but is planning to do so? If so, will I have any problems during/after birth?

A:

An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) can be performed on a 33-year-old woman who is planning to have children. If you are considering this, however, you should be aware of the following: 1) Abdominoplasty involves not only removing loose skin, but also muscle plication (tightening), both of which will be exposed to the stretching/expanding forces of pregnancy. Therefore, there is no guarantee that you will be able to maintain the results of the abdominoplasty after your pregnancy. You might need to undergo additional procedures, including a revision of your muscle plication/abdominoplasty. 2) While the muscle plication will be stressed during pregnancy, labor may be easier because the abdominoplasty will have improved the function of the rectus muscles (the vertical muscles in the abdomen). The pregnancy should not be any more difficult: your skin will stretch regardless. The muscles also may also stretch, however, which might require the revision mentioned above.

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