Article provided by: Dr. Edward J Love, MD - Little Rock Plastic Surgery
Having a baby is one of the best things that will ever happen in your life. Unfortunately, your little bundle of joy may have left you with some unsightly bulges that are difficult to get rid of. You can remove them and restore your appearance with a mommy tummy tuck. A tummy tuck is a common procedure that is one of the best ways to get rid of stubborn fat from the mid section.
About the Mommy Tummy Tuck
Having a baby stretches and loosens the abdominal skin considerably. While the skin is made to have some elasticity, in many cases it has been stretched too much to return to its original position. Further complicating the matter, your abdominal muscles are likely no longer tight enough.
A mommy tummy tuck is also known as an abdominoplasty. It is a surgical procedure that will tighten the abdomen and remove excess skin. After several pregnancies you likely have stretch marks. Stretch marks are simply areas of the skin that were overstretched, in this case due to having a baby. A mommy tummy tuck may be exactly what you need to remove loose skin and return your body back to its pre-pregnancy look.
The doctor will make small incisions along the bikini line so there will be minimal appearance after healing. During the procedure the doctor will tighten the abdominal muscles. The result will be a flat stomach. The surgical lines are similar to those of an extended c-section and reach from hip to hip in the bikini area.
Before and After a Mommy Tummy Tuck
Prior to having an abdominoplasty you will meet with the doctor to discuss your medical history. You will be able to ask questions about the procedure and together you can determine whether it is a good option. It is usually best to complete your tummy tuck after you are done having children because a subsequent pregnancy will open up the tummy again.
This type of procedure is often considered a mini tuck or partial tuck if the excess fat is located below the belly button. The procedure is done as outpatient surgery and you can go home following the completion.
After the procedure you will need to rest and recover. Some pain and swelling for a few days is normal. Your doctor will prescribe pain medication and you can also ease the pain with ice packs. The area will be bandaged so you will need to take care when washing the area.
You can resume some of your activities in about several weeks but it will take several more weeks to completely heal from the procedure. Your doctor will review and supervise your recovery process. Once healed, you will have a scar that will be easy to hide with panties or a bikini.
If you have had children and want to get your old pre-pregnancy body back, consider a tummy tuck. Contact us to learn more about the procedure and to schedule an office visit.
Mommy Tummy Tuck