Tummy Tuck After Pregnancy
Tummy Tuck After Pregnancy
Hooray! After a long nine months, you’ve had your newest addition to the family, and you are ready to get your body back to its normal state. But this time, you notice one minor physical attribute that makes this pregnancy very different. You have excess skin on your tummy area, some women call it the belly pooch.
So what can you do? Have you considered a tummy tuck after pregnancy?
It’s surprising to some women but a tummy tuck after pregnancy is one solution to get rid of that belly pooch. And guess what? You are the best candidate for this procedure, however, this doesn’t mean you can go under the knife right after your child is born.
Let’s discuss what it means to get a tummy tuck after pregnancy, why moms make for great tummy tuck candidates, and what are your non-surgical alternatives:
Getting a Tummy Tuck After a Baby
After having a second or third child, moms are more likely to get diastasis, especially if the kids are close in age. Diastasis means that your vertical abdominal muscles have stretched to the sides and haven’t returned to its pre-pregnancy place.
To add: You are also likely to get diastasis if you are over 35, are going to have multiple babies at once – twins, triplets etc.- or are going to have a larger baby.
So how long should you wait before you can get a tummy tuck after pregnancy?
Well, this all depends if you are planning to breastfeed. This rule also applies if you are planning to have another baby.
You should typically wait until your body hormones are back to normal. Breastfeeding can cause your body hormone levels to stay higher than normal. So it’s recommended to wait three months after you stop breastfeeding. This will assure that your hormone levels will have low effects during surgery. If you are not breastfeeding, you should wait three months after your baby is born.
On the other hand, if you are planning to have more babies in the near future, you should wait until you have your last child. If you are not planning on having any more babies, then you’re good to go.
Either way, it’s your personal decision. Remember, the three-month rule.
Moms Make for Great Tummy Tuck Candidates
Even though getting a tummy tuck is not for everyone, a tummy tuck is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed. Typically, tummy tuck candidates are people who’ve had major weight loss, found their protruding abdomen unattractive, and found that diet and exercise have not improved their excess skin. And of course, we can’t forget about the moms!
That’s right! Moms also make for great tummy tuck candidates, especially after pregnancy. Tummy tuck can help re-establish the confidence and look that you once had before the pregnancy. By getting this cosmetic surgery, you will eliminate your excess skin and stretched abdominal muscles.
Tummy Tuck Alternatives
Unfortunately, there are no alternative methods to help effectively tighten your skin after pregnancy.
Of course exercising and dieting can help burn fat and tone the underlying muscles. However, this will not get your loose skin to tighten up.
Typically, if you don’t see any visible stretch marks that usually mean your skin will retract. Any sign of stretch marks means that your deep layer skin has torn and the elastic fibers are not going to stay functional.
On the upside if you are considering getting a tummy tuck after pregnancy, exercising and dieting will help with the end results you want after surgery.
If you are truly considering a tummy tuck after pregnancy, you should consult a board certified plastic surgeon about your body goals and desires.
We all know the positive impact a tummy tuck can have. So get the look and feel you had before the pregnancy! Contact Dr. Rimma Finkel at 480 963-3034 or fill the online form for more information on tummy tuck after pregnancy.