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Can I Have Children After a Tummy Tuck?

The tummy tuck is one of the most popular and most requested procedures at our plastic surgery practice. Many of our patients opt for a tummy tuck to address stubborn, excess stomach fat. They complain of their stomach looking “flabby”, “droopy” or “saggy”. This can be psychologically distressing, which result in a lack of confidence, and reduced self-esteem. When performed by one of our highly trained and experienced plastic surgeons, a tummy tuck can correct this issue and give you a flatter, more toned stomach.

If you have pursued a tummy tuck and you are still planning your family or considering adding a new addition to the family, it is natural to be concerned. You might be worrying about any potential negative effects or risks that your tummy tuck procedure would have on your pregnancy. Additionally, you may be wondering if your tummy tuck will prevent you from having more children in the future.

While our board-certified plastic surgeons do recommend that you should opt for a tummy tuck only after you have completed your family, it is key to understand that your tummy tuck will not prevent you from having children in the future, nor does it put you at a heightened risk for pregnancy complications. If you have been asking yourself whether you can have children after a tummy tuck, read on to learn more.

If I Get a Tummy Tuck, Will I Put My Future Pregnancies at Risk?

If you have received a tummy tuck procedure, you should understand that you are generally not at a heightened risk for future pregnancy complications. All pregnancies, regardless of whether they happen before or after you have abdominoplasty, can have complications. Patients who get pregnant following their tummy tuck procedure have an equally high chance of carrying a healthy, full-term pregnancy as women who have never had an abdominoplasty.

Can I Maintain my Tummy Tuck Results after Getting Pregnant?

You may be concerned about the potential negative effect that your tummy tuck can have on your future pregnancy and family planning. Additionally, you might be anxious about potentially wasting your beautiful tummy tuck results and the money that you have spent to get them. These are very real concerns.

Unfortunately, your pregnancy may result in significant weight gain and abdominal stretching. You could once again have loose, excess, sagging skin and flabby, drooping stomach tissue. These issues will likely require surgical correction and revision in order to restore your original tummy tuck results. It is very likely that, if you do become pregnant following abdominoplasty, you may be required to have a revision procedure completed in the future.

Call Us to Discuss Having Children After a Tummy Tuck

If you have already received a tummy tuck procedure and you got pregnant or are considering expanding your family, our expert medical team can advise you on revision procedures that would be needed. If you have any anxieties or concerns, bring them to us. Our board-certified plastic surgeons would be happy to answer all your questions. Call us today to schedule a consultation.

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Dr. Downs
Dr. Downs

Ronald K. Downs, M.D., F.A.C.S. founded The Centre, P.C. in Elkhart, Indiana in 1992. He is an active member in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Downs is also a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The American Medical Association, The Ohio Valley Plastic Surgery Society, The Rush Surgical Society, and The Indiana State Medical Association where he serves on the board of directors and has served as the president from 2003 to 2004.

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Dr. Macias

Dr. Macias completed her plastic and reconstructive surgery residency training at Spectrum Health/Michigan State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is currently Board-Eligible with the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

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Dr. Viscardi
Dr. Viscardi

Patrick J. Viscardi, M.D. has been part of the surgical team at The Centre, P.C. since 1998. Dr. Viscardi graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, as a summa cum laude. He received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Rochester in New York. Dr. Viscardi completed his internship and general surgery residency at the University of Louisville, where he served as chief resident from 1994 to 1995.

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