Who should have a tummy tuck?

After giving birth or losing heaps of weight, many women find the shape of their tummy has dramatically changed and, no matter how much cardio exercise or sit ups they do, they just can’t shift those last few kilos, tighten their loose skin, or reduce the appearance of stretch marks. In this case, a ‘tummy tuck’ – also known as Abdominoplasty – is the corrective procedure of choice.

However, if you’re quite young or haven’t finished having children yet, you may be wondering if it is safe for you to have a tummy tuck. While it is possible to give birth after a tummy tuck procedure, most doctors usually, but not always recommend waiting until you are sure you don’t want to fall pregnant again (or at all). Let us explain why.

A tummy tuck involves removing fat and excess skin from the stomach, as well as tightening the muscle layer beneath the skin (the so-called “six pack”). This gives the stomach a beautiful contoured appearance and leaves patients with a smooth, flat belly.

While tummy tucks are commonly performed, relatively safe procedures, as with all surgeries, there is a degree of risk and recovery time to factor in to the decision. We usually recommend waiting until you have finished your family to achieve the best possible surgical and cosmetic outcome from this important operation.

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