Pregnancy puts a lot of stress on the abdominal wall. Even women who do not exceed normal weight gain (25-30 pounds) and exercise throughout their pregnancy can still develop loose skin and abdominal wall weakness after their delivery. Genetic predisposition, multiple births, large babies, excessive weight gain and lack of exercise can all contribute to the extent of the abdominal laxity. Unfortunately, if this looseness develops, dieting and exercise seldomly restore the abdomen to the pre-pregnancy state. The abdominal wall between the sit-up muscles, once stretched, cannot be strengthened through workout alone. Surgery such as Abdominoplasty, or “tummy tuck”, is required to correct this “diastasis recti” defect.
I work out several times a week but still have a bulging abdomen and loose skin since my pregnancy. What can I do?
How do I know whether or not a tummy tuck is right for me?
During your initial consultation* with us, we will determine the extent of skin laxity, excess fat and loose abdominal wall that is present. If the skin is tight and the bulge is primarily the result of localized fat that is diet resistant and in a normal weight individual, then liposuction alone may be sufficient to correct the problem. If there is only mild skin and abdominal wall laxity in the lower portion of the abdomen, then a “mini- Abdominoplasty” may be helpful. This procedure tightens only the skin and muscle that is below the navel, through a conservative incision above the pubis. More commonly, the abdominal looseness is diffuse and the standard tummy-tuck is required.
What can be expected from a “tummy- tuck”?
The goal of an Abdominoplasty is to restore the abdomen to a more youthful, well-contoured and flat appearance through incisions that are camouflaged by bathing suits. The abdominal wall is also tightened with a “corset” suture to correct the diastasis recti (space and bulge between the sit-up muscles). Suction of any remaining fat is often performed as well. The surgery lasts 2-3 hours and is done in the office as long as the patient is in good health. We do not perform this surgery on smokers or patients that are significantly overweight.
Call for your initial consultation* to discuss your skin care concerns and see what treatments would be best for you.
*Initial Consultation is a $75 charge.