A tummy tuck, sometimes called an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to take away sagging excess skin on the abdomen. Along with a big weight loss, pregnancy is one of the most common reasons women seek a tummy tuck.
If you love your child but aren’t thrilled by what pregnancy has done to your body, an abdominoplasty may be right for you.
Getting Ready for a Tummy Tuck
It’s imperative that potential surgical candidates understand the benefits and limitations of the procedure. A tummy tuck will only remove loose, sagging skin. You will need to lose the pregnancy weight before your surgery to get the best results.
If you have stubborn fat on your belly, you can also consider getting liposuction during the same surgery as your tummy tuck. If you feel you can lose the weight on your own, you’ll need to be at or very near your goal weight before booking your tummy tuck.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
After you are put to sleep by anesthesia, the skin is pulled down tight and the excess skin is trimmed away.
After the procedure, you are taken to a recovery room to wake up and get oriented. Once you’re awake and aware, a friend or family member is usually permitted to take you home.
Recovering from a Tummy Tuck
You will need another adult to help you during the first weeks of your healing period. You may find it uncomfortable to bend down to tie your shoelaces or reach overhead to wash your hair at first.
If your child is still small, you shouldn’t pick them up until your sutures are removed. Most women are able to return to work in six weeks.
The Aesthetic Benefits
A tight, toned tummy not only helps your clothes fit well, but it is also attractive and a sign of healthy habits. Reclaiming that look after a pregnancy can be difficult to do without intervention, depending on your genetics and skin elasticity.
It can be hard to look down at a saggy, stretch-marked belly and feel anything but disgust and disappointment. If your confidence has suffered due to the state of your tummy, an abdominoplasty can help you love your body again. This translates into higher confidence and self-esteem.
If your loose skin is constantly irritated by your pants or you keep getting uncomfortable skin irritations, a tummy tuck can get rid of these issues entirely. If your C-section scar is giving you trouble, our surgeon can revise it during your tummy tuck, as well.
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