Benefits and Risks of Getting A Tummy Tuck After Pregnancy

It is normal that after pregnancy, a mother experiences frustration on her physical appearance. That is why many consider getting a tummy tuck. There are a lot of reasons why most women find this procedure the best solution regarding their problem with saggy skin and muscles. 

This procedure has a lot of benefits. Both risks and benefits will be discussed with your surgeon during the consultation. This is so that patients can understand how the operation will work, especially to people who have just undergone pregnancy.

What is a “Tummy Tuck”?

Tummy Tucks, also called abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that helps you achieve a tighter muscle and smoother skin by removing the excess fat on the stomach. 

A tummy tuck procedure is appropriate for people who lost the elasticity of their skin due to weight loss and for those who have been pregnant. It does not affect the ability of a woman to become pregnant since this surgery is just a cosmetic procedure. For women who are still planning to have more children, you should wait before undergoing this type of cosmetic surgery.

When you look it up, there are already quite a lot of existing Tummy tuck FAQs on the internet, especially in beauty blogs. However, this article will highlight the benefits and risks tummy tucks will present on women, especially after pregnancy. 

What are the benefits?

Here are some of the benefits a tummy tuck can give to you:

Removes Excess Skin 

This surgery is the best answer to restore the smoothness and firmer abdominal profile a woman has before giving birth to a child. Regular exercise and a healthy diet are not enough to restore the skin’s natural firmness. During the procedure, surgeons will remove the excess and saggy skin on your stomach.

Removes Stretch Marks

Carrying a child for nine months may stretch the skin and result in stretch marks. A tummy tuck will reduce the appearance of the stretch marks and will make your skin look smoother and firmer, just like before pregnancy. This is the perfect procedure to restore skin elasticity since it rebuilds the abdomen’s profile.

Tightens the Abdominal Muscles 

Tummy tucks will help tighten the muscles in your stomach, which results in a flat and toned abdomen. This creates a firmer appearance that will surely boost your confidence.

Medical benefits 

Tummy tucks aren’t just about improving your appearance. It can also help you with medical issues you might have been carrying for too long.

A tummy tuck surgery, especially for those who have experienced pregnancy, can improve chronic pain and urinary incontinence problems. Research has shown that almost 21 percent of the women experience chronic pain, while up to 38 percent of women experience urinary incontinence.

If you, or a woman you know, are suffering from these ailments, maybe it’s time to undergo a tummy tuck procedure. Not only would you look good, but you will also feel good. 

What are the Risks?

Although tummy tucks have a plethora of benefits that it can give you, it also comes with risks. 

Research has shown that the most common problems people face after a tummy tuck procedure are bleeding and infection. In abdominal surgery, the risk of the blood clot may increase deep in the legs’ veins. 

Some of these possible risks might require another surgery, with pain that continues during and after recovery. Just like any other surgery, Tummy tucks are at risk of infections and complications. Always remember to ask your surgeon on how to prevent these risks. 

Some other Risks include : 

  • Noticeable scars
  • Blood clot
  • Wounds failing to heal
  • Fluid on the incision area
  • Bleeding
  • Numbness
  • Stomach pain
  • Breathing problems
  • Infections

Advice and Tips to Prepare Yourself

A person who can undergo this kind of surgery must be mentally and physically fit and should be a non-smoker. Tummy tucks are only suitable for healthy candidates. 

During a consultation, the patient should inform and explain to the surgeon about current medications and allergies. This can help reduce the bleeding during your body’s recovery process. 

During the recovery, the surgeon will advise the patient to rest more and minimize any kind of heavy lifting. Your surgeon will schedule a follow-up appointment as part of the recovery process. They will also instruct you on how to take care of yourself during this sensitive time. The surgery, with proper medication, will reduce and prevent possible infections. 

Surgeons will instruct you on the best sitting and lying position to reduce the pain you feel. It is essential to follow these instructions to prevent unnecessary problems caused by careless movement. You will be required to take a month’s off of work to ensure proper recovery. 


 A tummy tuck is the best solution for a mom who wants to bring back their tightened tummy that was lost after pregnancy. Diet and exercise will not always be the best solution to fix loose belly muscles and excess skin. This procedure will restore the smooth and firm abdominal profile you used to have before having a child, thus boosting your confidence and self-esteem.

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