How Soon After Birth Can You Have A Tummy Tuck?

Dr. Atul Kesarwani is the medical director of the Cosmedical Rejuvenation Clinic. As a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Kesarwani has 30+ years of experience in the field. Read more about Dr. Kesarwani >


Thousands of tummy tucks are completed across Canada on an annual basis. And the majority of operations are now completed for mothers looking to get their body back after a recent pregnancy. For mothers considering a tummy tuck procedure, there are many important considerations.

Timing is Everything: Wait Until your Body is Ready

The importance of timing cannot be understated when considering a post-pregnancy tummy tuck. The average post-pregnancy body is not immediately in the ideal condition for surgery and so women must evaluate their personal health carefully at this stage and consult with their primary care provider. Most surgeons recommend that you wait 6 months or so after giving birth before you consider a tummy tuck.

Breast Feeding will be an Important Consideration

Women often breastfeed their babies for the first few months of their baby’s life and during this time, it’s unadvisable to undergo a tummy tuck procedure due to the short-term impact the surgery will have on the patient’s body. Most health professionals recommend that women wait at least six months after their pregnancy before they undergo the tummy tuck procedure.

While some women may be able to have the operation sooner, they must only make the decision after speaking with their health professional and undergoing various tests that ensure their body is in optimal condition.

Important Considerations Before Undergoing a Tummy Tuck

In addition to the timing of the tummy tuck, there are many other important considerations. These include the following:

  • Post-Operative Care

Oftentimes, tummy tuck patients require at least 2 weeks recovery after the tummy tuck procedure. This can limit mothers in terms of the activities they can complete with their children during that time. There are also restrictions on physical activity for a specific length of time, which includes lifting and carrying children.

  • Long-Term Benefits

For many women, the long-term benefits of the procedure must also be considered. For example, they may feel a heightened sense of confidence about their appearance. This may help enhance their lifestyle.

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