A Tummy Tuck after C-Section Surgery Can Tone Your Abdomen

Dr. Gregory T. Mesna performs tummy tuck after C-section in Minneapolis, MN, for women who want to get rid of unwanted tissue on or around their Cesarean scar following pregnancy. This area, commonly known as a Cesarean pouch, is comprised of excess fat and stretched skin acquired during pregnancy. Although diet and exercise can help improve the appearance of this area, a tummy tuck may be the most effective way to target the extra skin and reduce the aesthetic effects of pregnancy and a C-section. 
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A tummy tuck can provide a firmer, more toned midsection after you have undergone a C-section.

Concerns with a Cesarean Section 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 32 percent of children born in the United States are delivered by Cesarean section. During this method of delivery, your doctor will incise layers of soft tissue and muscle in your abdomen to gain access to your womb. A fibrous tissue, called fascia, is also modified but left to heal on its own. Depending on how your fascial tissue heals, you may have sagging scar tissue form on your abdomen. This scar tissue will not respond to diet and exercise, and a tummy tuck may be the most appropriate procedure to restore your abdomen to its pre-pregnancy aesthetics. 

When Should I Get a Tummy Tuck? 

Although a seemingly practical procedure known as a C-tuck combines a C-section and tummy tuck in a single procedure, studies have shown that this technique has an increased risk of complications and unaesthetic results. Doctors generally recommend waiting at least six months to a year after your delivery to undergo a tummy tuck. This duration should ensure that you will be done breastfeeding, fully healed, and healthy enough to undergo a major surgery. 

In order to achieve more dramatic results, we also recommend that you be in good physical condition and back to your pre-pregnancy weight and physique when undergoing treatment. If you are planning on getting pregnant again, we recommend waiting to undergo cosmetic surgery because another pregnancy can reverse the results of your surgery and require additional procedures. 

A tummy tuck is often the most effective way to target the extra skin and reduce the aesthetic effects of a C-section.  

Benefits of a Tummy Tuck after C-Section

A tummy tuck can help improve the appearance of scar tissue if you follow proper care and healing instructions following your surgery. This procedure can also remove the extra skin left after pregnancy and give your abdomen a more flattened appearance. Many muscles in your abdomen are damaged during pregnancy, and a tummy tuck can also help repair this tissue, creating an even more streamlined figure. 

Tailoring Treatment to Achieve Optimal Results

Aesthetic concerns with your lower abdomen following a C-section may be effectively treated with a mini tummy tuck. A mini tuck targets the lower abdomen and is less invasive than a traditional tummy tuck, resulting in a thinner scar similar to that of your C-section. If your goal is to address multiple aesthetic concerns from different areas of your body, you should discuss a mommy makeover procedure with Dr. Mesna. In addition to treating your abdominal area, a mommy makeover focuses on other areas that are significantly affected by pregnancy such as your breasts

Schedule a Consultation 

For the right patients, Dr. Mesna can help restore health and aesthetics to the lower abdomen following a C-section by performing a tummy tuck. Call our office at (952) 927-4556 or contact us online to schedule a consultation and determine whether a tummy tuck can best help you achieve your desired outcomes. 

Dr. Gregory T. Mesna

Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center

Gregory T. Mesna MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of top-level experience. He performs a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures to enhance and rejuvenate the face, body, and breasts. He is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • The Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons

You can request a free consultation at our office in Minneapolis, MN, by contacting us online or calling (952) 927-4556.

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