One of the fastest rising factors for young women turning to tummy tuck surgery is to recover their pre-pregnancy status. Diet and exercise are clearly not adequate for many women to resolve the problems of excess skin and torn abdominal muscles that accompany pregnancy. For these women, a tummy tuck is the only way to handle the problem. After delivering their baby, a lot of women experience some sagging in the lower area of their abdomen. No amount of exercise and diet, sadly, would be able to make this pouch fully vanish. This is often because of two distinct contributing factors. The first is that much of the affected area is excess skin that has nowhere to go. The other, larger problem is known as diastasis recti.
Diastasis recti refers to when the right and left halves (the “six-pack”) of the abdominal muscles spread apart. When the baby grows and the uterus expands, the tissue that ties the two halves of the ab muscles starts to stretch, pressing against the abdominal wall. By making it softer and more pliable, pregnancy hormones contribute to the thinning of this tissue. In all pregnancies, a small amount of widening along the midline is common and planned, but a separation of more than approximately 2 centimeters is considered an issue. Diastasis recti can occur during the second half of pregnancy at any time but is most common after childbirth. This is because the abdominal wall slackens, and the torso and internal organs can no longer support the thinner mid-line tissue. This results in the appearance of a paunch or pot belly.
While in just around 30% of pregnancies, diastasis recti exist, there are a few mitigating factors that increase its likelihood. Genetics can play a large role in developing the condition; for some women, it’s simply how their body responds to pregnancy. Women who have experienced diastasis recti in earlier pregnancy are even more likely to experience diastasis recti again, and more seriously, in subsequent pregnancies. Lastly, women expecting more than one child, petite women, and those with poor abdominal muscle tone have the highest risk. Thanks to the excess skin created by your belly expanding to suit its growing tenant, the stretching of the midline tissue between your abs, and any possible further weakening of the lower abdominal wall as a result of a Cesarean section delivery, your tummy may never be the same. Diet, exercise, and skin treatments can assist, but the extra skin and paunch are there to stay for many women.
How Tummy Tuck help?
In order to strengthen the ab muscles, remove excess skin, and contour the lower abdomen, a traditional tummy tuck is specifically crafted. It is also remarkably lengthy, as it is a routine procedure, resulting in long recovery periods and more pain than many other procedures for cosmetic surgery. Depending on whether or not you have diastasis recti, the gravity, and how much excess fat and loose skin you have, there are a few changes to the treatment. Most women can expect a minimum of 10 to 14 days before returning to normal activities.
A horizontal incision is made between the pubic bone and the belly button in a typical or absolute abdominoplasty. Depending on the anatomy and specifications, this incision will range in size from a few inches to the entire length of the abdomen. Then the skin is pulled back, excess fat is removed and (if necessary) the ab muscles are repaired. The skin is then pulled down, a new belly button is created, and the excess skin is removed. The scar is low and is easily hidden by underwear or bathing suits. For women who have Cesarean section births, the incision can be made at the same location so there is only one, low scar.
When to schedule your tummy tuck
The best time to schedule your tummy tuck is once you’ve realized that a healthy lifestyle won’t improve your body contour. You can wait at least six months after you give birth, or six months after you stop breastfeeding, if you’re breastfeeding. There are several reasons to wait six months, and the first is that by then, you really won’t be adequately healed. The deep tissues in your abdomen have been stretched and ripped as a result of carrying a child to term. Most of the stretching will have healed after six months, and the pregnancy hormones which soften them will no longer be active. Once this has happened, the ripped tissue will hold together better and heal more efficiently after the procedure.
Another explanation for waiting until six months after birth is that new mothers also have to raise their growing baby. A healing tummy tuck puts undue stress on regular heavy lifting, which can affect the outcome. A soothing tummy tuck puts excessive stress on heavy lifting on a daily basis, which can impact the result.
Finally, if you’re going to breastfeed, it’s best to wait until minimum six months after your child has been weaned. When you breastfeed, you transfer whatever is in your breast milk to your nursing child. This is safe in normal circumstances, but there is a risk to the child when the anesthetic is given to the mother. Of course, the aim is to return to your pre-pregnancy weight, and although this is sometimes accomplished by options for diet, exercise, and lifestyle, it is often not. When this is the case, a tummy tuck may be the answer. Many women even find it is easier to see the results of their efforts after their tummy tuck, when they are better able to work out without their loose skin and belly getting in the way.