Generally speaking, most patients report easier recovery from tummy tuck surgery than C-section. Although patients vary in their pain tolerance and recovery, both procedures are comparable in terms of rehabilitation and mobility. I agree with most patients that the recovery from tummy tucks is probably easier.
The logic behind this is that C-section entails a cut through the muscles and uterus to deliver the baby out. As opposed to tummy tuck where the muscles are repaired, tightened and strengthened. Also, following abdominoplasty most patients worry about their own recovery. They can sleep and move at their convenience. They do not have to worry about the added care of the newborn baby.
However, still, the comparison is not always that simple. Tummy tuck scar is usually longer and almost often, the procedure is combined with liposuction of the waist and lower back areas, raising the pain threshold.
Not to mention, not all muscle repairs are the same. Patients with hernias, multiple pregnancies, prior twins or large babies may require more work, hence more pain. Besides, most surgeons leave drains following tummy tuck surgery. These can add to the inconvenience and may slow the recovery for some, even further.
In summary, recovery from both procedures remains individualized and varies from one person to another.
For certain, I find patients with a history of C-section before their tummy tuck surgery are better prepared in terms of what to expect, and their recovery is almost always smoother. The pictures above show the preoperative markings a tummy tuck patient who underwent C-section surgery. The lower marking is placed below the C-Section scar that will be ultimately removed with the skin flap.
The two pictures above illustrate the before/after pictures of the same patient.
Having said that, it is more important to focus on proper recovery without pushing yourself and follow your surgeon’s instructions hoping for an uneventful recovery.
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