Leo R. McCafferty, M.D., FACS
Can I have a tummy tuck after 2 c-sections? No matter how many crunches I do, I cannot get rid of my pouch below my navel. It's been four years since my last c-section.
Absolutely, assuming you are an appropriate candidate. First, are you planning another pregnancy? This may be a consideration when deciding which procedure is right for you. Second, please seek consultation with a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The ASAPS web site or patient referral line (1-888-ASAPS-11) is an excellent source for finding such a surgeon in your area. Some options that exist for the "pouch below your navel" include: 1) liposuction (lipoplasty) alone; 2) liposuction with a "mini" or modified tummy tuck; or 3) a full tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Sometimes, with the latter two procedures, abdominal muscle tightening is also performed. The consultation, which includes a history and physical examination, will guide you and your surgeon through a discussion of the option or options best suited for you. Naturally, this discussion will include risks, benefits, and alternatives.