You want your new, sculpted look to last a long time when you decide to have a tummy tuck after pregnancy or because of substantial weight loss. And while a tummy tuck at Mayclinik can produce dramatic results, for years to come, you will want to consider what you can do before and after surgery to help preserve your new contour.
Consider your surgical options
For patients who are unhappy with loose muscles and sagging skin in the abdomen, a tummy tuck is effective. But remember that a tummy tuck is not a procedure for losing weight. For instance, liposuction might be a more efficient way to get the look you want if you have irritating pockets of fat that won’t go away even with diet and exercise. We also pair a tummy tuck with liposuction for optimum body contouring, so we can treat both sagging skin and excess fat at the same time. Discuss with your surgeon before attempting a tummy tuck if a combination of the two procedures may be correct for you.
Pregnancy can have a huge effect on your body and risk the outcome of your surgery, so it is best to wait to schedule your tummy tuck until after your last pregnancy. Having said that, after a tummy tuck, it is healthy and possible to get pregnant. Some women who become pregnant can recover their post-surgery results after a tummy tuck, while others cannot. A second tummy tuck, called revision abdominoplasty, is still a choice for certain patients.