How Can Pregnancy Affect the Results of a Tummy Tuck?

By: Dr. Sean Kelishadi, M.D. FACS


A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a popular procedure that helps individuals achieve a flatter and more toned abdomen. Many women turn to this surgery to help restore their pre-pregnancy body shape. But what happens if you become pregnant after getting a tummy tuck? This is a concern many women have, and rightly so. Dr. Sean Kelishadi at SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA can provide professional guidance on how pregnancy can impact your tummy tuck results.

What changes occur in your abdomen during pregnancy?

Pregnancy is a beautiful journey that brings a lot of changes to a woman's body. One of the most noticeable changes is the expansion of the abdomen to accommodate the growing baby. During this process, the abdominal muscles stretch, and the skin may develop stretch marks. For those who have had a tummy tuck in Newport Beach, CA, these natural body changes can impact the surgery results.

  • Stretching of the abdominal wall: The surgical tightening of the abdominal muscles can be reversed due to stretching during pregnancy.
  • Development of stretch marks: Although the skin is tightened during a tummy tuck, new stretch marks may appear during pregnancy.

Is it safe to get pregnant after a tummy tuck?

Many women wonder about the safety of pregnancy after a tummy tuck. It's crucial to consult Dr. Kelishadi to discuss your specific situation. He can advise you on the optimal time to conceive post-surgery to ensure both your safety and the safety of your future child.

How can you maintain tummy tuck results during and after pregnancy?

Maintaining a tummy tuck's results during and after pregnancy is possible with a bit of effort and a balanced lifestyle. Here are some recommendations:

  • Follow a healthy diet: Eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals can help prevent excessive weight gain.
  • Regular exercise: Consult your healthcare provider about suitable exercises during pregnancy to help maintain your tummy tuck results.

What should you do if you plan to have more children?

If you plan on having more children, it might be wise to postpone your tummy tuck until after you've completed your family. Dr. Sean Kelishadi at SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA often advises his patients to consider their family planning choices seriously before undergoing this procedure.

While pregnancy can affect your tummy tuck results, it's not a contraindication to either the surgery or future pregnancies. If you're considering a tummy tuck or are concerned about maintaining your results during a subsequent pregnancy, consult with Dr. Kelishadi for personalized advice. Schedule your consultation at SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA, and take the first step toward achieving the body you desire.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.