Pregnancy and parenting can each be a special blessing in your life. The changes in your lifestyle and body are also often profound. For some women, carrying one or more children in her lifetime can stretch the abdominal skin, lead to muscle separation and cause excess fatty deposits to remain around the stomach as well as other parts of the body.
Many women will embrace increased exercise and a healthy diet to help combat lingering body fat. But, even if you manage to lose a significant amount of weight, chances are you may still be faced with loose abdominal skin.
In a situation like this, you should feel free to reach out to our practice to explore the cosmetic surgical services we offer. After a physical exam and review of your medical records, our doctor may recommend a tummy tuck procedure.
Also known as an abdominoplasty, this surgical treatment is designed to remove a small amount of skin from the abdominal area. The process may also include excising a small amount of fat or performing some minor liposuction to remove small pockets of stubborn fat. When this is done, our surgeon will carefully suture the abdominal skin to tighten the area and restore much of your pre-pregnancy figure.
It’s also worth noting that some women – who may not have had children – may still be interested in a tummy tuck after losing a significant amount of weight through diet and exercise. In these cases, the goal is to reshape their figure while reducing the presence of unwanted skin.
While a tummy tuck procedure can improve the appearance of your abdomen, it cannot replace the benefits of diet and exercise. Abdominoplasty is also not an effective treatment method for diseases or medical conditions related to obesity.
After having this procedure done, it’s best to plan for at least a week off from work, travel and any other excessive exertion. Have someone on hand to help around the home so your body can focus its resources on the recovery process. Our surgeon will provide you with important preparation and recovery information, which might also include caring for a temporary drainage tube to manage any minor postoperative bleeding.
If you have excess skin or fatty deposits lingering after a significant change in your body composition, we invite you to contact our office to set up a consultation at our clinic. We look forward to helping you restore a youthful appearance and body image!