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Is it Safe: Plastic Surgery During a C-Section?

Learn more about tummy tuck procedures at our Las Vegas Plastic Surgery practice

 

Are you anxious to get your pre-pregnancy weight back and want to get a tummy tuck or liposuction during your C-section?

If so, then our plastic surgeons in Las Vegas urge you to reconsider that decision.

Even though some doctors will elect to perform a tummy tuck or liposuction during a C-section, most surgeons will not do so for safety reasons.

Tummy tucks and liposuction are both relatively safe procedures, but they do not come without the risk of complications. Some of those complications include blood clot, infection and excessive bleeding. The risk of suffering an adverse reaction during a tummy tuck or liposuction is even greater if you are getting it done along with a C-section, a procedure that is often necessary but carries with it its own set of risks and potential complications.

The risk of complications is indeed greater during a C-section, however, there are also aesthetic reasons to hold off on the tummy tuck and liposuction treatments until you’ve had time to recover from your cesarean and giving birth.

Your surgeon has no way of foreseeing the way that your body will look after getting a tummy tuck or liposuction along with c-section. Doctors recommend that you wait at least eight months after your C-section before you get a tummy tuck or liposuction due to how drastically pregnancy can change your body. You and your doctor want to allow your body the time to heal and get back to “normal” before you undergo any type of cosmetic procedure.

Doctors also recommend that you eat a healthy diet and start an exercise regimen before you get cosmetic surgery. Your body could return to normal (or close to it) within a few months with the help of a few lifestyle changes. Undergoing the additional procedure and incurring the extra cost may be completely unnecessary for you. At the very least, it’s a good reason to wait and not rush into it.

It’s no secret that pregnancy can drastically change your body type, but you also need to remember that your body was designed for this process and could bounce back more than you expected. That, coupled with the potential complications, are reason enough to wait until you’ve healed and your body has gotten used to not being pregnant anymore before going under the plastic surgeon’s knife.


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