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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.

Whereas a tummy tuck is a surgical procedure designed to remove the excess skin and fat from the tummy area. In this article we’ll cover the different questions you may have related to both C sections and tummy tucks alongside 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 here can be dangers and inherent risks to both procedures so it’s advised you speak to a qualified surgeon beforehand, most will recommend that a tummy tuck surgery is planned when you no longer anticipate becoming pregnant again.

At the Cadogan Clinic we offer comprehensive advice and answers to any questions you may have regarding the tummy tuck procedure, be sure to reach out via the contact form on our website where a member of our team will answer any queries or concerns you may have.

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

It’s advised to wait a minimum period of 4 to 6 months after a C section before undergoing the tummy tuck procedure, this is to ensure the patient has had adequate rest and recovery time, and time to return to their normal weight.

Some surgeons may offer surgery 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. For all enquiries, be sure to reach out to our clinic via the contact form on our website.

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

Carrying a baby for 9 months may distort the results due to the skin being stretched, therefore it is advised to wait after a pregnancy before a tummy tuck is considered. Recovery from a tummy tuck may be made more difficult due to the already exhausting nature of carrying and having a baby. Complications can arise when both procedures are combined, for example an increased risk of blood clots and fluid retention which can lead to infection.

Remember the goal of a tummy tuck is to help you look your best, this is only possible when in peak physical condition before the surgery. On the whole, it is advised not to combine the two procedures and 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.

For advice on C sections and tummy tucks be sure to consult our clinic via the contact form on our website where a specialist will be able to refer you to the right course of action.

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