Tummy Tuck After Pregnancy
by Richard R. Hawrylo, M.D.
We diet, we exercise, and still we can’t lose the love handles or a protruding belly we develop as we age. Don’t blame yourself. That flabby midriff is often simply the result of the muscles of the abdominal wall loosening as we get older, or in women, after childbirth. And that’s something diet and exercise can’t do anything about. Fortunately abdominoplasty, commonly called a tummy tuck, can. A tummy tuck operation can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen or a flabby midriff. And women who have stretched skin and lax muscles due to pregnancy are excellent candidates.
Here at The Peer Group in northern New Jersey, our plastic surgeons have performed many tummy tucks for patients in Livingston, Short Hills and throughout the region. During the tummy tuck surgery, your plastic surgeon will remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. For most patients tummy tuck recovery takes about two weeks, and you’re ready to enjoy and show off your new, slimmer profile.
But as with any cosmetic plastic surgery procedure, it’s important to determine if a tummy tuck is right for you. So here are a few things women should keep in mind when considering post-pregnancy tummy tuck plastic surgery: First of all, the best candidates are in good physical condition, whose midriff pockets of fat or loose skin haven’t responded well to diet and exercise. And while this aesthetic procedure can have dramatic results on women following pregnancy, the results of tummy tuck surgery will diminish if future pregnancies occur. So if you’re planning to have more children, it’s best to wait before having a tummy tuck. Keep in mind a tummy tuck does produce a permanent scar which. Depending on the extent of the tissue and fat removed, tummy tuck scarring can extend from hip to hip.
Of course you should select a qualified plastic surgeon to perform the procedure, and ask to see photos of patients taken before and after tummy tuck surgery, so you have a realistic picture of potential results. For many women looking to regain their pre-pregnancy profiles, tummy tucks give them much more than a slim chance.
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