Caesarean section, or C-section, delivery can change the appearance of your abdomen forever. Not only does pregnancy stretch the skin and muscles, the surgery to deliver your child can leave a scar across the lower abdomen. One option is to have a tummy tuck with C-section performed after delivery, to reform the abdomen and flatten the stomach. Dr. Christine Blaine at Blaine Plastic Surgery is an abdominoplasty specialist who can help women reshape their body after pregnancy.
When caesarean delivery is the best choice for the mother and baby, it may be scheduled ahead of time. In some cases, it may be possible to schedule a tummy tuck with C-section, also referred to as a C-tuck. Dr. Blaine can be present at the time of delivery to reshape and repair the abdomen, combining the two surgical procedures into one.
Tummy Tuck after C-section
The more common scenario for a tummy tuck after the C-section is having the procedure completed six months or more after the baby is delivered. This can be performed to tighten and flatten the abdomen, as well as hide the C-section scar. The tummy tuck incision is placed below the bikini line to remove excess skin and tighten the muscles. When possible, the incision can be placed where the C-section scar is to avoid two separate scars. If the C-section scar is higher than desired, it may be repositioned lower to hide below the bikini line, like most tummy tuck scars.
Many women are frustrated with a flabby abdomen after pregnancy that refuses to tone or flatten through exercise and weight loss alone. Abdominoplasty can be the only method to restore a tight abdomen after the skin and muscles have been stretched out of shape. Whether you have a C-section or a vaginal delivery, a tummy tuck can help improve the appearance of your abdomen, bringing it closer to your pre-pregnancy shape.
If you are interested in learning more about a tummy tuck with C-section, contact us at Blaine Plastic Surgery today. We can schedule a consultation with Dr. Blaine at our Midtown Manhattan, Staten Island or Long Island, New York, locations.