Is a Tummy Tuck the Right Solution for Your Post-Pregnancy Body?

By: R. Sean McNally, M.D.


For moms struggling to reclaim their pre-pregnancy shape, the journey can often feel endless. Many have tried almost everything — like eating right and exercising — but some changes, especially that loose skin left behind after pregnancy, seem like they won't go away. At The Oregon Clinic, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean McNally offers a solution that can deliver results when more traditional efforts fail: tummy tuck surgery.

You've probably heard of tummy tucks, and you might have even wondered whether or not this is the right treatment for finally getting rid of that stubborn, saggy skin. Before scheduling your private consultation with Dr. McNally, take some time to learn how this fantastic body-shaping procedure can help you reclaim your confidence.

Why is it so hard to get rid of loose skin after pregnancy?

The body undergoes a number of changes during pregnancy to accommodate a growing baby. Some of these changes, such as weight gain, can be reversed with lifestyle changes after childbirth. Others, however, are more difficult to deal with, including the saggy skin created when the skin and abdominal muscles are stretched out for months. Factors like age, genetics, the number of pregnancies, and the size of the baby also play crucial roles in how your body recovers after pregnancy. These elements combined make it challenging to reclaim your pre-pregnancy abdomen through exercise and diet alone.

Is tummy tuck surgery right for me?

Tummy tuck surgery is a major step, so it makes sense to have questions before committing. During your consultation, Dr. McNally will review your concerns and answer any questions you might have before deciding if abdominoplasty is appropriate for you. The ideal candidate for tummy tuck surgery is someone who:

  • Is in good overall health: Essential for surgical safety and recovery.
  • Is at a stable weight: Optimal results are seen when you're at a weight you can maintain.
  • Will commit to aftercare guidelines: Following aftercare instructions is key to a successful recovery.
  • Is finished having children: Future pregnancies can undo the results of the surgery.

Our primary goal is to ensure you're safe and satisfied throughout your treatment.

What is the recovery like after tummy tuck surgery?

The recovery process after tummy tuck surgery can vary from patient to patient, but most individuals require about two weeks before they can get back to their normal routine. We recommend taking a few days to rest and recover before trying to move around too much. It's crucial to follow post-operative care instructions closely, which include wearing a compression garment, avoiding strenuous activities, and attending follow-up appointments. As your body heals, you can expect to see an improvement in the contour of your post-pregnancy body — as well as an increase in confidence.

Can I combine my tummy tuck surgery with other procedures?

Absolutely. Many patients at The Oregon Clinic choose to combine tummy tuck surgery with other procedures for a more comprehensive transformation, often referred to as a mommy makeover. Some of the more popular mommy makeover options Dr. McNally offers include breast lift surgery, breast augmentation, and butt lifts. Combining procedures can not only address multiple areas of concern at once but may also mean a single recovery period, making it a convenient option for busy moms.

Redefine the meaning of "post-pregnancy body"

Motherhood can be a wondrous journey, but the changes brought on by pregnancy are usually less exciting. For those considering tummy tuck surgery as a solution for loose skin after pregnancy, Dr. Sean McNally at The Oregon Clinic is here to guide you through every step, from initial consultation to full recovery.

If you're ready to take the next step, contact our office in Portland, OR, to schedule your tummy tuck consultation. Together, we can determine the best possible path forward to help achieve your body goals.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.