Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful miracles of life. Unfortunately, for many mothers, pregnancy imposes some not so beautiful effects on the body including stretch marks, protruding abdominal muscles and sagging skin. Once a new mother has lost all of the “baby weight”, she may be disappointed to see that her stomach no longer looks the way it did before enduring pregnancy.
When diet, cardio and endless abdominal exercises fail to produce the desired results, tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, may be the only solution. During tummy tuck surgery, excess skin is surgically removed and the abdominal muscles may be tightened. Because the loose skin is removed, the appearance of stretch marks can be reduced as well. This is due to the fact that much of the skin exhibiting stretch marks is excised or removed during abdominoplasty surgery.
While this procedure has been proven highly effective for decades, tummy tuck surgery is a relatively invasive procedure. Before undergoing this elective treatment, here are a few things to consider.
Although easily concealed, scars will be present at the site of incisions. If you undergo a traditional tummy tuck, incisions are made at the lower abdominals (typically from hipbone to hipbone) and around the belly button. If you are only undergoing a mini tummy tuck, scars will only be present at the lower abdominal area. Although the incision required for each individual is different, belly button scarring is typically inconspicuous and the other incision can be concealed in the skimpiest of bikinis. However, it is a good idea to bring your bikini bottoms with you to your consultation. Many times, wider incisions are necessary due to extensive loose skin and fat deposits. You and your surgeon should be on the same page regarding expectations. Are you willing to gain a scar in order to achieve a flatter, and firmer stomach?
Because tummy tuck is a relatively invasive procedure, downtime can definitely be an issue. While it varies from patient to patient, everyday activities should be avoided for a minimum of seven to ten days. If you have a more physical job, then 2-6 weeks of downtime maybe recommended.
Because any lifting should be avoided during recovery, caring for young children may also be a factor unless you have access to extensive childcare. No lifting greater than 10 pounds includes lifting and caring for small children. Once the 6 week mark has been reached, you should be considered fully healed and cleared of any restrictions.
3. Subsequent Pregnancies
Before committing to the cost, recovery and serious nature of surgical intervention, patients should be done with child bearing. While a tummy tuck will not pose a threat to the health of subsequent pregnancies, patients will most likely need another tummy tuck to keep the desired effect. Unfortunately, prior tummy tuck surgery does not leave patients impervious to further stretch marks and stretched skin. Complete your family, and then consider tummy tuck.
These are just a few factors to contemplate before undergoing tummy tuck surgery. Our board certified surgeons have years of experience with this procedure. Call 423-648-4011 to schedule your private consultation!