What Can I Do About My Post-Baby Belly?
New moms worry about a lot of things – their baby’s well-being, sleep, schedule, and more. The last thing a new mom wants to worry about is her post-baby belly, and yet many mothers can’t help but feel concerned about it. How soon will the body “bounce back”? Will it ever look the same?
The truth is, in most cases, a post-pregnancy belly will never look the same again – at least, not without help. Instead of stressing about what you should do, you can improve your abdominal contour by taking advantage of the only approach proven to be able to correct it: a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck can restore a post-baby belly and recreate a firm, flat, and youthful abdomen.
Pregnancy-Related Body Changes
Over the course of pregnancy, the female body goes through a series of changes. Some of the most significant appear in the abdominal area, which stretches and grows as the baby grows. The rapid growth of the baby forces the internal organs to shift out of the way and the abdominal skin to stretch. The abdominal muscles may also separate during this process.
After the baby is born, the mother’s body attempts to restore itself as much as possible. However, some changes are permanent. For example, some mothers’ hips will be permanently wider than they previously were. The abdominal skin may contract somewhat, but because there is no baby inside anymore, it will typically feel loose and saggy like a balloon that has been released of its air. For countless women, separated tummy muscles cannot mend themselves after pregnancy is over. This condition is called diastasis recti and can perpetuate a pregnant appearance even months or years after delivery.
How a Tummy Tuck Can Help
For loose skin and separated abdominal muscles, these effects are long lasting. No physical exercises or holistic treatments can restore a post-pregnancy belly. The only proven solution is tummy tuck surgery.
A tummy tuck can correct sagging skin, loose abdominal muscles, and even stubborn belly fat all in one. Your surgeon will first place an inconspicuous incision in the lower abdomen. Through the incision, your surgeon will tighten and mend the abdominal muscles to reverse diastasis recti and create a firmer and flatter stomach wall. Next, excess skin will be removed to produce a smoother and flatter contour. The surgeon may also eliminate localized belly fat using liposuction as a part of the procedure. Finally, the surgeon will close the incision, leaving your abdominal contour much flatter and firmer.
Your tummy tuck can be tailored to meet your needs for correcting the effects of pregnancy on your abdomen. Depending on the surgical technique you need, your surgeon can take a more subtle approach (mini tummy tuck), a traditional approach (full tummy tuck), or a more extreme approach (circumferential abdominoplasty). Whichever approach is selected for you, you can feel confident that your surgery will allow you to say goodbye to your post-baby belly and welcome the youthful, flat, and firm waistline of a pre-pregnancy body.
A tummy tuck can correct the effects of pregnancy on the abdomen and give you a youthful abdominal contour that will promote a positive body image and self-confidence. For more information about getting a tummy tuck after pregnancy, schedule your personal consultation today with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andres Taleisnik.