Tummy Tuck after Pregnancy
By Oren Zvi Lerman, M.D. on September 25, 2018
Pregnancy and childbirth are wonderful, rewarding experiences. However, after delivery, many women notice sagging skin around the belly that cannot be completely eliminated with exercise or diet.
If this sounds familiar, you could benefit from a tummy tuck to remove excess skin and smooth the abdomen at our Manhattan, NY plastic surgery practice. Here, Dr. Oren Lerman explains how a tummy tuck after pregnancy can help you restore your appearance and give you a boost in confidence.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
Also referred to as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck procedure eliminates excess, sagging skin in the abdomen. If necessary, the underlying muscles can be tightened as well to achieve a more toned appearance.
There are several variations of tummy tuck surgery. At our practice. Dr. Lerman customizes each treatment plan according to the unique goals of the individual. With natural-looking results, a tummy tuck can deliver an improved sense of self-esteem and restore your pre-baby body.
Who Is a Candidate?
Women who are considering a tummy tuck after pregnancy should not plan on having more children. While the procedure will not affect your ability to conceive, it is likely that the pregnancy will stretch the skin out once again, making re-treatment necessary.
Tummy tuck surgery should not be planned any sooner than six months after delivery to ensure that the body has fully recovered from childbirth.
In general, candidates should not have any medical condition that would make surgery a potential risk. Patients should also have a full understanding of the treatment process and realistic expectations of results. It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet, as weight gain can negate the effects of your procedure.
Why Is a Tummy Tuck after Pregnancy Beneficial?
Pregnancy brings on many changes to the body. Even if you eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly, there are certain things that cannot be corrected with lifestyle changes.
For example, diastasis recti is a condition in which the abdominal muscles separate, forming a gap. As a result, many women develop a stomach pooch after pregnancy. It is extremely difficult to correct this issue with diet and exercise. While this condition may improve over time, it does not go away in most cases.
In addition, a tummy tuck after pregnancy can eliminate excess stomach fat, stretched out abdominal skin, and stretch marks. Some women even opt to combine a tummy tuck with one or more cosmetic treatments for a mommy makeover. This comprehensive treatment may include liposuction, breast procedures, arm lifts, lower body lifts, and more.
Things to Consider
In some cases, women may not require a traditional tummy tuck to correct post-pregnancy issues. Some patients may be eligible for a mini tummy tuck, which is less invasive and is performed with a smaller incision.
Because each patient is unique, it is best to discuss your options in detail with Dr. Lerman. He can design a fully personalized plan to help you achieve your aesthetic goals and look your best.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have been unable to achieve your pre-baby body with diet and exercise, consider what a tummy tuck can do for you. To learn more, contact us online or call our office at (212) 434-6980.