Mini tummy tuck and C section surgery …
When you consider these two procedures, they’re actually quite similar. Of course, with one, you have a baby when it’s over. Still, both procedures require heavy anesthesia, both have incisions located in the same area, and both demand a longer recovery period when compared to many other surgeries.
So, can they be combined?
Often, patients wonder whether they can get a mini tummy tuck after C section — either in a row, over time (the mini tummy tuck taking place months or years after the C section) or at the same time, as in during the same procedure? For many women, the idea of a flatter tummy after a C section is certainly appealing.
Female patients, gynecologists, and plastic surgeons have closely been considering these questions in recent years. Below, we’ll take a deep dive into the answers and help you explore your options. First, though, what is a C section and what is a tummy tuck?
What Is a C Section (Cesarean Delivery)?
For various reasons, a baby may need to be delivered by surgery rather than coming into the world through their mother’s birth canal. When this happens, a doctor will perform a C section delivery. C sections may be planned (scheduled ahead of time) or unplanned (emergent).
During most C sections, an opening is made on the mother’s lower abdomen (low transverse incision). The opening actually includes an incision through the abdominal wall and an additional incision in the uterus. Most lateral C section scars are around four to six inches long. Rarely, C section scars may be vertical.
What Is a Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery?
A mini tummy tuck aims to reduce loose skin on the lower portion of the abdomen, below the belly button.
Tummy tuck surgery, in general, has the goal of getting rid of excess skin and tightening the abdominal muscles. Liposuction is often included as well.
But where a full tummy tuck improves the appearance of both the lower and upper abdomen, a mini tummy tuck only concentrates on the lower abdomen. The good news is, however, that a navel scar is not necessary with a mini tummy tuck, whereas it is with a full tummy tuck.
Is a Mini Tummy Tuck After C-Section Possible?
Absolutely! In fact, this is a common procedure for many women who want to regain their pre pregnancy body. Some women are unhappy with the way their bellies look after having a C section. Often, though, it’s not the C section, per se, that is causing discontent.
While sometimes a C section scar can leave a “shelf” of excess fat and skin, often it’s simply the challenges that accompany pregnancy and childbirth, in general, that motivate a woman to get a mini tummy tuck. After all, the experience certainly stretches the abdominal muscles and abdominal skin to their limit. Furthermore, it’s natural for most women to gain weight with pregnancy. This can leave separated abdominal muscles, extra skin, and excess fat for some women.
When getting C section surgery after tummy tuck procedures, most plastic surgeons recommend waiting six to twelve months for the body to fully heal. If you do decide to go this route, you might also consider breast augmentation to improve the size of your breasts, a breast lift to give your breasts a little more perk, and liposuction to remove loose fat. The combination of these procedures is called a mommy makeover.
Can You Get a Mini Tummy Tuck Right After C Section?
A common question on the Internet recently is whether you can get a tummy tuck immediately after a C section — as in, during the same procedure. This type of procedure may be called a C tuck.
Usually, the answer to this question is no, and most surgeons will not perform this procedure in their operating room. There are multiple reasons for this.
First, if this is not your final pregnancy, you shouldn’t get a C tuck anyway as you’ll want to reserve the strength and integrity of your abdomen for additional pregnancies. In addition, if you get pregnant after a mini tummy tuck, you’ll most likely lose your results.
Next, an additional surgery at the time of your C section can be an added risk you don’t need. Your body goes through a tremendous amount during pregnancy and childbirth — whether you have a C birth or a vaginal birth. Most doctors agree you shouldn’t put additional stress on yourself at this time.
Finally, getting a mini tummy tuck in six to 12 months will provide better results. With your stretched out skin and separated muscles from pregnancy, it can be difficult for a plastic surgeon to optimize your results at the time of your baby’s birth.
Scars: Cesarean Section vs. Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery
Search “C section mini tummy tuck before and after”, and you’ll see a host of images revealing moms who’ve had a successful mini tummy tuck after having a C section. Many women wonder how to hide a mini tummy tuck scar. Most of the time, however, they’ll have just one scar.
The reason for this is that both surgeries are very similar. And if a patient opts to have a mini tummy tuck after her C section, the plastic surgeon will many times make an incision right below the patient’s C section scar and actually remove the latter when trimming the excess skin. Alternatively, in select cases, the C section scar may actually be reused for the mini tummy tuck.
C Section Mini Tummy Tuck Before and After
C section mini tummy tuck before and after combines a traditional C-section scar revision with a targeted mini tummy tuck to improve the appearance of the abdomen. Before the procedure, patients often experience loose skin, stretch marks, and muscle laxity due to pregnancy and childbirth. However, the C-section mini tummy tuck can significantly enhance the abdomen’s contour, resulting in a flatter, more toned appearance. After the surgery, patients generally notice a considerable improvement in their abdominal shape and a reduction in the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
Is a Mini Tummy Tuck Right for You?
A mini tummy tuck is one of those plastic surgeries that is totally right for some people — but not at all right for most. In fact, it’s uncommon for people to qualify for a mini tummy tuck because they’re typically more apt to be good candidates for a full tummy tuck, which can take care of loose skin both above and below the belly button.
Still, as stated, some women are perfect candidates for this procedure. And if you’re one of them, we want you to have what you desire!
Whether you’re looking for a mini tummy tuck after C section surgery or just want to learn more about this and other procedures to see if you qualify, we’d love to meet with you. Call today to book a consultation appointment with female board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ashley Steinberg! Please View our c section mini tummy tuck before and after photos!