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Your Guide to Getting a Tummy Tuck After Pregnancy

Posted May 26, 2021 in Tummy Tuck

After pregnancy, you may be dealing with the aftermath of unwanted changes to your body. One of the most common issues for new mothers is the change in waistline contour, especially sagging abdominal skin and a belly pooch that won’t go away. This guide to tummy tuck surgery will tell you all you need to know about fixing this problem: how a tummy tuck can help, when to get it, what to expect, and why you might want to get a tummy tuck to restore a firm, flat abdomen after pregnancy.

How Could a Tummy Tuck Help Me?

The tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a popular operation that removes excess belly skin, tightens the abdominal muscles, and eliminates persistent fat in the tummy area. The procedure addresses exactly those issues caused by pregnancy that exercising and dieting cannot correct. If you have observed any of these changes to your waistline after having children, getting a tummy tuck could give you back an attractively youthful, firm, and flat abdomen.

When Should I Get a Tummy Tuck After Pregnancy?

A tummy tuck can be performed as early as six months after childbirth. However, it is critical that you give your body time to heal after pregnancy and childbirth. For some women, this may take up to two years or more after having the baby. Additionally, you should no longer be breastfeeding. Lastly, it is recommended that you wait to get this procedure until you are finished bearing children so that no future pregnancies can compromise your results.

What is Tummy Tuck Surgery Like?

This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Tummy tuck surgery has three main parts: mending the abdominal muscle wall, removing excess skin, and eliminating stubborn fat.

  • Muscle Tightening: The muscles of the abdominal wall are tightened and sewn back together to firm up the abdomen.
  • Excess Skin Removal: Overstretched skin is trimmed away, and the skin is pulled tight to flatten the waistline.
  • Fat Elimination: Persistent lower belly fat is extracted using liposuction techniques to slim the waist contours.

Performing a tummy tuck requires an incision in the lower abdomen that will leave a scar. Often, if a C section was performed during childbirth, the surgeon can combine the tummy tuck incision with this scar site to minimize the total amount of scar tissue.

What is Recovery Like After Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Since this procedure is a major surgery, recovering from a tummy tuck will take some time. You may need to take up to two weeks off work and will need to refrain from any strenuous physical activities (including childcare and household chores) for approximately six weeks. Swelling and discomfort are common but will subside over the weeks following your procedure. Your final results should become visible as the swelling heals approximately four to six weeks after surgery.

Should I Get a Tummy Tuck After Pregnancy?

A tummy tuck can give you back a firm, flat abdomen after pregnancy. By tightening the abdominal muscles and removing excess skin and fat, you can reverse the negative impacts on your body and enjoy a youthfully slender abdomen. If you would like to reclaim your pre-baby body, this is the treatment for you.

Call (657) 294-8375 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your tummy tuck consultation today.