Pregnancy and childbirth can be some of the most rewarding experiences, but they can take a huge toll on the body, especially the midsection. Many find it difficult to return to their pre-pregnancy appearance with just diet and exercise. This is because the abdominal muscles can stretch and become damaged and require surgery to repair. Tummy tuck can be performed to tighten and recontour the midsection. Here, Dr. Coscia explains how tummy tuck can help repair the midsection following pregnancy.
How Tummy Tuck Benefits
Pregnancy can result in expected and unexpected changes to the body. Weight gain can cause weakening of the abdominal muscles. Loose skin on the abdomen can cause stretch marks to appear there as well as other areas. If you had a C-section to give birth, you may also have a visible scar. Tummy tuck surgery can address these issues and can accomplish the following:
- Remove loose skin: During tummy tuck surgery, excess skin from significant weight changes is removed to reveal a slimmer abdominal appearance.
- Reduce the appearance of stretch marks: Stretched skin on the abdomen may have stretch marks. When the loose skin is removed via tummy tuck surgery, the accompanying stretch marks will also be removed, reducing the appearance of stretch marks on the abdomen.
- Tighten abdominal muscles: The stretched and damaged abdominal muscles are tightened and repaired during surgery.
- Improve posture: With a strengthened abdominal wall, your spine receives more support, which can contribute to better posture.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
The exact steps taken to improve your midsection depend on the type of tummy tuck performed. During a full tummy tuck, a horizontal incision is made between the navel and pubic area. The weakened abdominal muscles are tightened. Another incision around the navel may be made to address the upper abdominal area. Excess skin is removed, remaining skin is pulled down, and a new navel opening is created. Once everything is in place, the incisions are closed.
How Long Do Results Last?
After tummy tuck surgery, you can expect a slimmed down, improved appearance of the midsection. You may be wondering how long you will be able to enjoy your new look. To maintain your new midsection contour, it is important to closely follow the post-surgical instructions provided by Dr. Coscia. Additionally, for the best long-term results, your weight should remain stable. Subsequent pregnancies or significant changes in weight could lead to stretching and damaging of the abdominal muscles, compromising your results.
Tummy Tuck in Granite Bay and Sacramento
Tummy tuck surgery is ideal for women who may be struggling to regain their pre-pregnancy look. Choosing top plastic surgeon Dr. Coscia can put your mind at ease with the knowledge that you are in skilled, experienced hands. To schedule a consultation, call our Granite Bay location at 916-773-5559 or our Sacramento location at 916-929-1833.