A C-section shelf, often called a “C-section pooch” or “C-section bulge,” can stand in the way of a flat tummy. This area of loose or sagging skin and fat can develop near your C-section scar.
If diet and exercise after pregnancy don’t work to eliminate extra bulge, there are other treatment options for a C-section shelf to consider.
At Ditesheim Cosmetic Surgery, we can help you treat a C-section pooch. Start your journey to a better self today. Call us at (704) 542-8686 to schedule a consultation at our Charlotte office.
Customized Treatment Plan at Ditesheim Cosmetic Surgery
No two post-partum patients are the same. Every C-section shelf treatment is customized depending on your needs and goals. For example, some patients may have excess fat with loose skin, while others have unwanted fat with good skin tone. During your initial consultation, Dr. Ditesheim will determine your best treatment plan.
Dr. Jeffery Ditesheim is a board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in Charlotte, NC. With over 20 years of experience, trust Dr. Ditesheim to help you look and feel your best.
Treatment Options for C-Section Shelf
Surgical treatment for a C-section shelf offers the most dramatic and long-lasting results. Below are the primary surgical treatment options available.
Tummy Tuck For a C-Section Shelf
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty can remove the unwanted fat and saggy skin that can cause a “pooch” over a C-section scar. Depending on your unique case, Dr. Ditesheim may recommend a traditional tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck. Here’s what you need to know about each procedure.
Tummy Tuck: A traditional or full tummy tuck tightens the abdominal muscles under the skin and removes excess skin and fat. You’ll have a horizontal incision made between the hip bones. Scar length depends on the amount of excess skin and fat removed but usually extends from hip to hip.
A full tummy tuck is usually recommended for patients with a lot of excess skin or fat in the abdomen.
Mini Tummy Tuck: This is a less extensive version of a tummy tuck that only addresses skin and fat below the belly button. Surgery involves making a smaller incision than a full tummy tuck, typically above the pubic area. Excess skin and fat are removed from the lower abdomen through the incision. Dr. Ditesheim may tighten the abdominal muscles if needed to improve muscle tone and create a flatter appearance.
Lipo for a C-section shelf
Lipo for a C-section shelf helps target those pesky fat deposits in the lower abdomen. Liposuction is the least invasive surgical option for treating a C-section shelf, and it’s best for patients with excess fat and good skin elasticity.
What's the Best Treatment for a C-Section Pooch?
The best course of action for you depends on your body type, general health, and aesthetic goals. In some cases, Dr. Ditesheim may recommend a combination of procedures to achieve your desired results, like a tummy tuck with liposuction to address excess skin and fat.
C-Section Shelf FAQs
How soon after giving birth can I fix my C-section shelf?
Everyone’s body is different. Your surgery timeline will likely depend on your breastfeeding and general recovery after childbirth. Most physicians recommend waiting 6 months to a year after finishing breastfeeding to undergo surgery. That said, Dr. Ditesheim understands every case is unique. The only way to determine how long you should wait to have surgery after a C-section is to book a consultation.
Can I combine C-section shelf surgery with other cosmetic procedures?
Yes. Some patients will get the best results by combining procedures like liposuction and a tummy tuck. Dr. Ditesheim also works with patients who request breast procedures, like an augmentation or breast lift, to complete their transformation.
Can I get rid of a C-section pooch without surgery?
Some women can reduce the appearance of a C-section shelf with diet and exercise. However, living a healthy lifestyle is not guaranteed to eliminate your C-section shelf. Surgical procedures offer more concrete results compared to non-surgical treatments.
Schedule an appointment
If you’re ready to treat your C-section shelf or have questions about our procedures, schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Ditesheim and take the first step toward a more confident you.