Summary: A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, can provide a range of benefits for women who have undergone the changes associated with pregnancy and childbirth. While you may be thrilled about your new family, many moms are less excited about the effects having children has had on their bodies. Even so, many mothers may feel hesitant about seeking professional assistance regaining their pre-baby body, opting instead to try more traditional methods of dieting and exercise.
What these moms may not realize, however, is that the majority of cosmetic surgery patients are average men and women rather than particularly wealthy people or celebrities, and when it comes to achieving a fitter, slimmer midsection after childbirth, a tummy tuck just might be the perfect option for you.
Cosmetic Surgery Isn’t Just for the Rich and Famous
Many people associate cosmetic surgery as being nearly exclusively for the rich and famous, but this is not at all the case in the modern era. While we tend to hear more about celebrities getting cosmetic surgeries than ‘normal’ people, it’s simply the result of wider publicity.
In fact, more average people today are getting cosmetic surgery than ever before, and for good reason. Due to the increased demand for cosmetic surgery options, there are more practicing cosmetic surgeons per capita now than at any time in the past, and prices of treatments are decreasing, making cosmetic options accessible to a wider segment of the population.
Mothers Face Unique Physical Challenges
Another reason average moms get tummy tucks after completing their families is because of the unique physical challenges they face.
Pregnancy tends to stretch out the abdominal skin in ways that are simply irreversible without the assistance of surgery, while the abdominal muscles also frequently grow separated as a result of carrying a child. Separated abdominal muscles can result in a condition known as diastasis recti, severe cases of which are impossible to resolve through exercise alone.
Finally, it’s not uncommon for mothers to gain weight during pregnancy, and while a tummy tuck is not a weight loss alternative, lingering fatty tissue around the midsection that remains resistant to a healthy lifestyle can be slimmed away during a tummy tuck.
Pregnancy Stretch Marks
Another common side effect of pregnancy is developing stretch marks around the lower abdomen. Contrary to popular belief, a tummy tuck does not resolve stretch marks throughout the stomach. However, a tummy tuck can remove some stretch marks, depending on their location.
Because one of the primary benefits of a tummy tuck is tightening the abdominal skin for a fitter, firmer midsection, abdominoplasty always requires some skin removal. If your pregnancy stretch marks are located in the lower abdomen or on the sides of your midsection, they may be excised by default during your tummy tuck surgery.
You can also opt for laser treatment for stretch marks that are located in areas that won’t be removed during your abdominoplasty.
A More Youthful Midsection
Given the amount of cosmetic concerns that can plague mothers about their midsection, it’s no surprise that tummy tucks are one of the most common cosmetic surgeries performed today. Excess fat, baggy skin, loose abdominal muscles and stretch marks can all be improved with tummy tuck surgery, making this procedure a perfect option for mothers seeking to regain their pre-pregnancy body.
During the wound healing process from a tummy tuck, your basal metabolic rate increases as your body is using more energy to heal wounds. A side benefit of this is that if you control your diet and get active sooner, you will be able to burn more calories automatically. Taking advantage of this time will increase the ability to lose weight post-op, which makes the result better and provides a bit of extra motivation.
When the effects of dieting and exercise reach their limits, abdominoplasty can help you achieve a more youthful, fitter and slimmer midsection no matter how many pregnancies you’ve had.