How Soon After Having a Child Can You Get a Tummy Tuck?

Washington D.C. tummy tuckA tummy tuck is one of the most popular plastic surgeries among women. It is especially beneficial for women who have had children and are looking to tighten areas of excess skin and fat in their midsection. But how soon, exactly, can you get a tummy tuck after having a baby?

Even though a tummy tuck can be done immediately following childbirth, board-certified plastic surgeons often recommend waiting six months to a year before opting for this beneficial procedure. This is due to various factors, including:

  • After delivering your baby, your uterus is still enlarged and swollen. Because your uterus lies in your abdominal area, this can prevent the proper muscle and skin tightening needed for beautiful tummy tuck results.
  • Several women gain weight throughout their pregnancy. Excess fat can make it difficult to achieve successful abdominoplasty results.

Whether you choose to get a tummy tuck right after childbirth, or if you plan to wait, there are specific qualifications Dr. Roberta Gartside suggests that you meet to achieve optimal results, including:

  • At or near your goal weight
  • Done having children
  • In general good health/shape

A tummy tuck can be very helpful in restoring your body back to where it was before your pregnancy. Dr. Gartside and our experienced clinical staff will meet with you in person to discuss your cosmetic goals and needs. Together, we will formulate your personalized treatment plan so you can get the results you want to achieve.

If you are in the Washington D.C. area and would like to learn more about your tummy tuck options, give our office a call at 703-742-8004 to schedule your initial consultation.