Posted on 16 Sep 2023

Having a baby is one of the biggest joys for many women, but it can result in loose, excess skin around the abdomen. If you had a C-section to deliver, you may be doubly self-conscious. You might wonder whether there’s a plastic surgery solution available to you. One of them is a mini tummy tuck – but is it possible to get the procedure after a C-section?

What Is a Mini Tummy Tuck?

Like a standard tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck is a plastic surgery procedure that involves removing excess loose skin from the lower abdomen. It’s sometimes used along with liposuction to allow for a slimmer, tighter midsection. Unlike a full tummy tuck, the upper part of your stomach doesn’t need to be addressed. You also don’t have to worry about being left with a scar from the surgery.

One important thing to note about the mini tummy tuck procedure is that there is typically a small percentage of individuals that qualify for a mini tummy tuck. Watch this video from Dr. Neaman describing this surgery in further detail.

Can You Get a Mini Tummy Tuck After a C-Section?

You can, indeed, get a mini tummy tuck after you’ve had a C-section. Since many are left with loose, hanging excess skin around their lower abdomens or a scar after delivering their baby via C-section, it’s a common plastic surgery procedure for new mothers. However, you’ll need to let your body fully heal after giving birth before undergoing a tummy tuck. This is to ensure there no wounds are reopened or any other complications.

Depending on your situation, you may also want to have additional procedures to address other areas of the body such as your breasts. If you have multiple procedures in one session, it’s known as a mommy makeover.

Benefits of a Mini Tummy Tuck After a C-Section

You can get certain benefits from a mini tummy tuck after a C-section. The most notable include the following:

• Flatten and slim the abdomen and tighten the abdominal muscles by removing excess fat
• Lessen the severity and noticeability of your C-section scar tissue
• Eliminate stretch marks from the abdominal area
• Enhancing your figure to pre-pregnancy form
• Changing your bellybutton from an outie to an innie

Why Wait to Get a Mini Tummy Tuck After a C-Section?

If you are finished having children and had your last child via C-section, you can get a mini tummy tuck within six months to a year. However, if you plan on having more children, you should wait to seek your mini tummy tuck. Getting the procedure and then going through another pregnancy means that the results are immediately eradicated, so it wastes your money and effort.

Other reasons to wait are for the benefit of your health. Your body needs to fully heal after your C-section as your hormones subside and your size changes. You also need ample time to bond with your new baby without the burden of a second recovery period. Plastic surgery should not interfere with this very important time.

What You Should Do Before a Tummy Tuck

Like with any surgery, you should plan and prepare for your mini tummy tuck. You’ll need around two weeks to recover from the procedure and should ensure that everything you need is prepared and planned for ahead of time so you can just rest and recover. It’s best to also have someone else available to help you with your baby as you won’t be able to lift them during that time.

Another important part of the planning process is finding the right doctor. If you are located in or around the Salem, Oregon area and wish to get more information about mini tummy tuck surgery, contact Neaman Plastic Surgery. Dr. Keith Neaman or Dr. Dustin Christiansen will be there for you on every step of the journey. To schedule a consultation with our practice, fill out our online contact form or call us at 844-338-5445.

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