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What is the difference between a C section and Tummy Tuck?

A C section is the process of delivering a baby through an abdominal incision which involves transecting the abdominal muscles.

Tagged: Body & Breast

Date: 18th December 2020

Medically Reviewed by:  Mr. Bryan Mayou (GMC: 1414396)

Last reviewed: 22nd December 2023

What is the difference between a C section and Tummy Tuck?

Although a C-section and tummy tuck both involve the same part of the body, they are very different procedures.

A C-section is a major surgical procedure that involves cutting through the abdominal muscles and the uterus to allow a baby to be delivered through this incision in the abdomen. A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure designed to remove the excess skin and fat from the abdominal area and is largely concerned with the top layers of the tummy. A C-section is a much more invasive surgery.

In this article we’ll cover the different questions you may have about tummy tucks vs C-sections and consider some of the issues to watch out for when combining the two.

Can you have a tummy tuck during a C section?

You cannot have a tummy tuck during a C section and it’s advised to avoid having a tummy tuck anytime soon after a C section or pregnancy.

This is because the best results come when an individual is back to their original weight and in a good physical condition. There can be dangers and inherent risks to both procedures so it’s advised you speak to a qualified surgeon beforehand.

 

Can I get a tummy tuck after a C section?

It is safe to have a tummy tuck after C-section, but you must wait until your body has recovered from pregnancy and birth. This is because the best results come when you have returned to a normal and comofrtable bodyweight and you have thoroughly recovered from what is a major surgery.

In order to ensure the very best results, most surgeons will recommend that a tummy tuck surgery is planned when you no longer anticipate becoming pregnant again.

How long after a C section can I get a tummy tuck?

It’s advised to wait a minimum period of four to six months for a tummy tuck after a C-section. This ensures that the patient has had adequate rest and recovery time, and time to return to their normal weight. Even if you don't return to your previous weight but find an equilibrium of where your stable, post-partum, healthy weight sits, this could still indicate your suitability for this treatment. Some patients choose to combine this with a bespoke mummy makeover surgical focus.

It's also important to remember that a tummy tuck and liposuction are different and, therefore, treat different concerns. The reason we would prefer you to return to a more stable, natural, 'normal' weight is because a tummy tuck helps to lift and tighten loose skin, not remove pockets of fat.

Some surgeons may offer a tummy tuck after C-section sooner, but we would firmly question the medical grounds and safety for doing so. It’s important to talk with a specialist beforehand to consider your options. 

What are the problems with considering a C section and tummy tuck?

Carrying a baby for nine months stretches the skin, therefore it is advised to wait some time after a pregnancy before a tummy tuck is considered to avoid the skin becoming distorted. Abdominoplasty scarring is to be expected for all patients regardless of their medical history, but if your skin is still readjusting post-partum then you run a higher risk of inadequate recovery.

Skin is remarkable in its ability to stretch and change with our growth and as our body needs it, but after this big undertaking it is best to let your hormones and skin settle back into their pre-pregnacy levels before undergoing further change.

Recovery from a tummy tuck after C-section may be made more difficult due to the already exhausting nature of looking after a baby, so it is best to keep in mind you may need to receive extra support from loved ones around you during this period.

Complications can arise when both procedures are combined; for example there is an increased risk of blood clots and fluid retention which can lead to infection. In terms of pain relief, breastfeeding women are unable to take certain painkillers, which is another reason why it is advisable to wait for a few months to have a tummy tuck after C-section and why our surgeons never recommend combining the two. 

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Remember the goal of a tummy tuck is to help you look your best and this is only possible when you are in your best physical condition before the surgery. On the whole, it is advised not to combine a tummy tuck and C-section to allow your body adequate rest time. This is often the best course of action for both your own welfare and that of the baby’s.

Your body and system is less likely to be overwhelmed this way and therefore your recovery from both childbirth and the elective tummy tuck procedure is less likely to be impeded. It's worth keeping in mind, however, that your abdominoplasty recovery timeline is likely to be different to that of a patient who was not pregnant or healing from childbirth.

 

As part of our dedication to our patients' safety, we offer a comprehensive selection of women's wellness clinical appointments and diagnoses, including ovarian health and fertility, as well as gynaecology appointments.

For advice on C-sections and tummy tucks, be sure to consult with one of our specialist cosmetic surgeons in Chelsea, London, to ensure you are receiving care that prioritises your health. Book a face-to-face consultation today with Cadogan Clinic.


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