Los Angeles Tummy Tuck After a C-Section: Surgeons Say Give Time to Heal

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Body Procedures | Comments Off

A Caesarian section, also called a C-section, is a type of surgery performed to deliver a baby when the baby cannot be delivered vaginally. Pregnant women undergo C-sections for many reasons: the mother may be suffering from a heart condition or hypertension, the baby could be in the wrong position (feet or buttocks first-i.e., breech-or side or shoulder first-i.e., transverse), stalled labor, multiple births, fetal distress, etc. C-sections are performed to ensure a safe birth in each of these scenarios.

New mothers often feel pressure to get back in shape as fast as possible after giving birth. Some even approach plastic surgeons in Los Angeles to have a tummy tuck right away. During pregnancy, abdominal muscles stretch to accommodate the growing baby, and a tummy tuck can reposition or remove excess skin or muscle-that is, if you don’t want to go the route of diet and exercise.

While it is possible to have a tummy tuck shortly after a C-section, most surgeons recommend that mothers wait. Both are major surgical operations that require significant healing time. Plastic surgeon Andrew Ordon-one of the hosts of The Doctors-told The Stir that the uterus is still swollen right after delivery, so accuracy is an issue. The surgeon won’t have a clear idea of what to remove and how much.

In addition, researchers from Cairo University in Egypt found out that a tummy tuck right after a C-section may increase the risk of complications. In their study of 50 pregnant women who received tummy tucks immediately after a C-section, the majority developed complications ranging from wound infection to necrosis. Incidences of such complications are much lower in women who have tummy tucks performed after their bodies have healed from childbirth. A tummy tuck should be considered, preferably as soon as the body returns to its original weight; and when the mother has no plans of giving birth in the future.

Women who’ve experienced pregnancy are often interested in a variety of body beauty restoration procedures in addition to a tummy tuck. For instance, drooping breasts can be made perky and more voluptuous once again with the help of a Los Angeles breast implants specialist experienced at performing breast augmentations and lifts. An experienced surgeon like Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoefflin can consult with mothers after childbirth and work with them to decide the right time to undergo any cosmetic procedures as well as the combination of procedures that will produce the results they hope to achieve.

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