If you’ve had children, you know that a C-section (or cesarean section) isn’t exactly a walk in the park – especially with regards to recovery. A C-section involves delivering a baby through an abdominal incision that involves transecting the abdominal muscles. Because this incision is similarly located to a tummy tuck incision, many moms who want to get rid of their post-pregnancy bellies are concerned that a tummy tuck would be similar to a C-section in terms of pain and recovery.
Whether you’re contemplating a Mommy Makeover package or just want to undergo a tummy tuck, you’ll be relieved to know that any pain from this cosmetic procedure is far less than that experienced after a C-section.
The reasoning behind this is simple: a tummy tuck is less invasive than a C-section, especially if you’re doing a mini-tummy tuck (where only the lower abdomen is treated). What’s more, you’re free to use pain medications after a tummy tuck, while mothers may be discouraged from using some types of prescription pain medications, especially if they’re breastfeeding their newborns.
However, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t any similarities between the two procedures. After a tummy tuck procedure, you can expect to encounter the following:
- Surgical site pain requiring medication for 3-4 days. However, during this time, you are NOT bedridden, and are encouraged to walk as much as possible. Most patients are back to their normal life and driving within one week.
- A tummy tuck means holding off on exercise for about three weeks. You can begin walking within one day of surgery, light gym exercises at three weeks, and intense exercise at one month. With regards to a C-section, most doctors don’t sign off on exercise until six weeks after the procedure.
If you’ve already had a C-section, you’ll find that a tummy tuck is a very similar experience. If you’re interested in undergoing a tummy tuck, schedule a consultation with Dr. Song at Song Plastic Surgery in Irvine, California today. (949) 701-4454