Many Wichita mothers hope to get a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty. The reasons are plenty. After all, even after they’ve lost the baby weight, moms can suffer from:
- Excess belly skin that won’t “shrink” back
- Hanging skin on the abdomen
- Separated abdominal muscles, also called diastasis recti, which is a common side effect of pregnancy
Some Wichita moms who visit Dr. Voge at Plastic Surgical Specialists for a tummy tuck consultation are curious if they can have additional children after their elective plastic surgery. While there’s no medical reason that prohibits future pregnancies, plastic surgeons like Dr. Voge prefer their abdominoplasty patients are certain they’re done having children before they opt for surgery. The reason – they want to ensure their patients have long-lasting results.
Why You Should Be Done Having Kids Before You Have a Tummy Tuck
The entire point of an abdominoplasty after pregnancy is to restore a postpartum mother’s body back to its pre-pregnancy shape. In many cases, Dr. Voge is successful at achieving this goal for her Wichita tummy tuck patients.* To do so, Dr. Voge:
- Makes an incision in the bikini line, from hip to hip
- If diastasis recti is present, stitches up the abdominal wall muscles in a corset-like fashion
- Excises loose and sagging abdominal skin remaining after the patient has achieved her goal weight after pregnancy
- If part of the surgical plan, performs liposuction
This is a very involved process, and it also requires a few weeks of initial recovery time, followed by about 4-6 weeks of light exercise only. This means no heavy housework and no heavy lifting, including your small children.
The problem with having future pregnancies after undergoing abdominoplasty is that the new pregnancy may negate your initial surgical results. For example:
- Your skin may restretch and not “snap” back
- You may have looser abdominal skin
- You may separate, or even re-separate, your abdominal muscles
If any of these happen, then your initial tummy tuck was essentially in jest. Your results will be gone, and you’ll need a second surgery to regain your pre-baby look.
Dr. Voge wants your initial results to be your final results. Therefore, she recommends you are done having children, have a birth control plan in place, and are at or near your goal weight before having an abdominoplasty.
Find Out if Abdominoplasty Is Right for You
In addition to ensuring that Wichita moms are done having children before plastic surgery, Dr. Voge has additional requirements for her abdominoplasty patients, including:
- Being at or very close to your goal weight, as abdominoplasty isn’t weight loss surgery
- Having a good nutritional plan and exercise routine to prevent future weight gain, which can also negate your results
- Being a non-nicotine user, as smoking, vaping, and chewing tobacco can complicate plastic surgery and its recovery process
- Being able to take the required amount of time off your day-to-day duties to properly recover from surgery
- Being medically healthy enough for elective plastic surgery
To find out if you’re an ideal abdominoplasty patient, schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Voge in Wichita today at (316) 263-0234.