Childbearing and giving birth to your child were some of the most significant events in your life. Children bring a lot of joy to our lives, but the process of bringing your son or daughter into this world can take a toll on your body, especially your abdomen.
Why Have An Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) After Pregnancy?
Many changes to your body occur with increasing size of your womb during pregnancy. There are many internal changes that lead to visible external changes – such as widening of your abdominal muscles in the midline (known as diastasis recti), stretch marks, and redundant abdominal skin that just won’t “snap-back” no matter what you do. A traditional abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) can fix all of this.
What Exactly Is a "traditional Abdominoplasty" ("Traditional Tummy Tuck")?
During a traditional tummy tuck, the abdominal muscles are returned to the vertical midline (a procedure known as “rectus plication”), excess skin is removed, the belly button is often repositioned, and the remaining skin is tightened. The tightening of the muscles in the midline greatly helps to achieve a pre-pregnancy contour when looking at the abdomen from the side, and removal of the excess skin with skin tightening helps create the pre-pregnancy tight abdominal appearance from all angles. These procedures, when combined into an abdominoplasty operation, provide excellent results to help return your body to its pre-pregnancy state.
Who Are The Best Candidates For A Post-Pregnancy Tummy Tuck?
Most women will benefit from an abdominoplasty after pregnancy due to the inherent nature of childbearing and the stretching that occurs. However, the best candidate for this operation is the female who is finished childbearing and has experienced diastasis recti (widening of the abdominal muscles in the midline), stretch marks lower on her abdomen, and excess abdominal skin. The ideal candidate should be at least six months post-childbirth, have a stable weight, and have realistic expectations.
What Other Surgical Options Are There?
There are multiple alternatives to a traditional abdominoplasty, including liposuction (alone), or an Avelar-Abdominoplasty. An Avelar Abdominoplasty is a safe way to combine a tummy tuck with liposuction. However, the midline abdominal muscles are not tightened with an Avelar Tummy Tuck. Many ladies who have complaints about their abdominal appearance after pregnancy need the midline abdominal muscles tightened, and therefore, would not be ideal candidates for an Avelar Abdominoplasty. These aspects of abdominoplasties, as well as others, are discussed during your consultation with Dr. Stephan.
Repeat Pregnancy After A Tummy Tuck
An abdominoplasty (or any of the other cosmetic procedures that we offer) will not negatively affect your ability to become pregnant in the future. However, if you do become pregnant after having a tummy tuck, your abdominal muscles may widen in the midline, and you could regain excess abdominal skin and stretch marks. Due to the inherent nature of pregnancy, the results of your previous abdominoplasty may be lost if you become pregnant again. However, not every pregnancy will have the same effect on your body, and there will always be varying degrees of changes to your body with each pregnancy.
For additional information regarding tummy tuck after pregnancy, contact us today to schedule your consultation!