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How long do you have to wait after giving birth to get a tummy tuck?
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Dr. Jon Perlman
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree
In brief: 6 months
Returning close to a pre-pregnancy and maintainable weight is important before undergoing a tummy tuck.
Some women bounce back quickly in this area after a pregnancy and others take longer. My average weighting period is six months after birth but this is a general guideline only. Good luck with the new baby!

In brief: 6 months
Returning close to a pre-pregnancy and maintainable weight is important before undergoing a tummy tuck.
Some women bounce back quickly in this area after a pregnancy and others take longer. My average weighting period is six months after birth but this is a general guideline only. Good luck with the new baby!
Dr. Jon Perlman
Dr. Jon Perlman
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Dr. Darryl Blinski
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Post preg/TT time?
Usually 3 to 6 months or until you are close to pre pregnancy weight.
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In brief: Post preg/TT time?
Usually 3 to 6 months or until you are close to pre pregnancy weight.
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Dr. Darryl Blinski
Dr. Darryl Blinski
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Dr. Steven Harris
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: This varies
Your question is a common one but it prompts more questions: is this your last baby (makes little sense to get a tummy tuck until after your last child).
Are you a good candidate for a tummy tuck?(will the procedure correct the problems you see with your tummy?) could a lesser procedure work for you (liposuction, skin-only tummy tuck, etc.). Who will care for your child while you recover?

In brief: This varies
Your question is a common one but it prompts more questions: is this your last baby (makes little sense to get a tummy tuck until after your last child).
Are you a good candidate for a tummy tuck?(will the procedure correct the problems you see with your tummy?) could a lesser procedure work for you (liposuction, skin-only tummy tuck, etc.). Who will care for your child while you recover?
Dr. Steven Harris
Dr. Steven Harris
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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 6 months
At least 6 months.

In brief: 6 months
At least 6 months.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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Dr. Richard Baxter
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends months
An important consideration in recovery after a tummy tuck is parenting and the ability to lift a small child.
Also, ideally you need to have lost extra weight. Accounting for these factors, it could be as early as a few months but often best to wait a year or two.

In brief: Depends months
An important consideration in recovery after a tummy tuck is parenting and the ability to lift a small child.
Also, ideally you need to have lost extra weight. Accounting for these factors, it could be as early as a few months but often best to wait a year or two.
Dr. Richard Baxter
Dr. Richard Baxter
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No set tome
Usually not before 3 months.

In brief: No set tome
Usually not before 3 months.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. John Corey
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Several Factors...
That really depends on several factors.
If we are just talking "time" then usually 4-6 months is probably fine but it does depend on whether the woman's post baby body is still in the state of flux, or if it has it leveled off...And a tummy tuck can be one of the more difficult recoveries so arrangements have to be made to take care of the newborn as well...

In brief: Several Factors...
That really depends on several factors.
If we are just talking "time" then usually 4-6 months is probably fine but it does depend on whether the woman's post baby body is still in the state of flux, or if it has it leveled off...And a tummy tuck can be one of the more difficult recoveries so arrangements have to be made to take care of the newborn as well...
Dr. John Corey
Dr. John Corey
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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: About 3-6 months
Give yourself at least 3-6 months and get back to normal weight.

In brief: About 3-6 months
Give yourself at least 3-6 months and get back to normal weight.
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
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Dr. Timothy King
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: 6 months
It depends on the person.
It is best to get to a stable weight and to be there for several months prior to undergoing and body contouring procedure. It would be a shame to have a tummy tuck, then loose another 20 pounds and end up needing a revisional surgery. I recommend going to see a board certified plastic surgeon who can make specific recommendations and a treatment plan for you.

In brief: 6 months
It depends on the person.
It is best to get to a stable weight and to be there for several months prior to undergoing and body contouring procedure. It would be a shame to have a tummy tuck, then loose another 20 pounds and end up needing a revisional surgery. I recommend going to see a board certified plastic surgeon who can make specific recommendations and a treatment plan for you.
Dr. Timothy King
Dr. Timothy King
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