Gaining and then losing the centralized weight that comes with pregnancy isn’t easy on a woman’s body. After delivery you work hard to lose your extra pregnancy weight, but your thanks is loose skin and a little pooch on your lower abdomen. What’s up with that?
It’s an unfortunate fact of most pregnancies — loose skin after delivery. This is because the weight gained in pregnancy is so localized that it seriously stretches the skin, muscles, and support tissue in the lower stomach area. When these tissues are stretched to such a degree for months, they can lose their ability to shrink back down all the way to their former degree of tightness.
The result is that post-baby pooch.
Dr. Smith can get rid of that pooch with a tummy tuck. He offers a few different options when it comes to this procedure.
Mini tummy tuck
Also known as a limited-incision abdominoplasty, a mini tummy tuck targets the lower abdominal area. It can be an ideal solution if you have very little excess skin, but still want to eliminate that pooch in your lower belly. The mini tummy tuck is far less invasive than its traditional counterpart, so recovery is easier and scarring is minimal. A mini tuck uses a shorter incision and doesn’t have a second incision at the belly button area.
Full tummy tuck
A full tummy tuck is recommended for those women with a good deal of loose abdominal skin. During a full tummy tuck, a larger section of excess skin and fat is removed, and the underlying muscles are tightened to produce a shapelier waistline. The lower incision usually stretches from hipbone to hipbone, following the bikini line. There is also usually a second incision, often through the belly button, to address loose skin above the belly button.
To create the tight, flat abdomen that everyone wants, Dr. Smith not only removes excess skin, but also repairs your abdominal muscles. They can actually become separated during pregnancy. By reworking these muscles this procedure can also have the added benefit of relieving back pain, as the muscles can now do their job supporting the back.
There was a time when women chose between a tummy tuck and liposuction, but now the two procedures usually overlap. In addition to loose, saggy skin, most people also have pockets of fat that don’t respond to exercise or dietary changes. Liposuction removes these pockets.
You’ll have your kids the rest of your life, but you don’t have to have the stomach pooch, too. Call Dr. Smith at (843) 705-8940 and schedule a consultation for a tummy tuck.