The No-Fail Way to Getting Your Stomach Back After Baby: Post-Pregnancy Tummy Tucks

You don’t need the start of a new year to get on the healthy-living bandwagon. Whether you are a new or experienced mom, you understand that a sensible diet and regular exercise is the best way to get to your desired size. When it comes to tightening and toning loose, flabby skin however, the challenge is a bit more difficult. No matter how long it’s been since you delivered, or how hard you’ve worked to get back in shape, you may feel stuck with a doughy, muffin top that sags undesirably. You feel young and beautiful on the inside… yet your belly tells you, “Don’t take me out in public!” We’re here to give you the facts about how to make noticeable, lasting change in a safe, informed manner so you can feel confident on the outside again.

 What used to be swept under the rug and whispered among friends is now a common conversation among women who may only have children in common! The joy (and exhaustion) of living with a new baby or toddler can make it a struggle to squeeze in a workout and a trip to the store, let alone to get back to the working world. For moms of multiples, which has risen drastically since the 90s, it becomes even harder to find time. When you pat yourself on the back for eating well and exercising, you instinctively know the body can only reclaim so much. It’s true that once skin and muscle have been stretched from pregnancy, they frequently will not return to their pre-pregnancy form.

These days, more and more moms are choosing the elective surgery abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a tummy tuck. Wider acceptance and transparency of plastic surgery helps women feel comfortable with the desire for the body image they seek. Our experience consulting with thousands of patients like this tells us that they are no strangers to effective diet and exercise plans – it’s simply that the stomach is particularly difficult to tone after pregnancy. In many cases, the abdominal wall tissue is separated, creating an undesirable pooch. After following smart diet and exercise regimes, frustration is understandable when physical changes don’t appear.

ISAPS members agree that that tummy tucks are most effective when a patient is at an ideal weight and is finished having children. We place patient health and safety first, and always advocate for total body care before surgery. There are several different types of tummy tucks, but all of them involve the removal of excess skin and fat using a lower abdominal incision, commonly hidden below the bikini line. The abdominal muscles are tightened and the remaining skin is then pulled downward. In most cases, the belly button must be repositioned to accommodate the skin adjustment. You’ll need help at home for at least the first week post-surgery, and should not lift anything over 10 pounds / 4.5 kilograms for several weeks – an important consideration for moms with growing babies!

When you’re ready to say “good bye” to your muffin top for good, review our member database to find a highly experienced, qualified plastic surgeon in your area. It is imperative to interview several board-certified surgeons to find the one who is best suited to you and your needs. You’ll feel confident knowing that you made an informed decision, and you’ll be one step closer to a tighter, toned tummy!

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