With all the stress we put on our midsections – daring pregnancy or with weight gain and loss, its no wonder that, as we age, the shape and size of our stomach changes. When diet and exercise don’t provide the results that you want, a surgical procedure like a tummy tuck (or lipoabdominoplasty) may be your best option, assuming you and your doctor agree you are a good candidate for this procedure.
The only way to fix the problem is with a tummy tuck, but tummy tuck surgery is one surgery that’s not considered a walk in the park.
The tummy tuck permanently restores firmness to the stomach and removes any loose skin. During the procedure, an incision is made at the pubic bone (your scar, once heated, will be concealed by bathing suits and underwear) through which your plastic surgeon will tighten up the muscles. Small pockets of fat can be removed with liposuction. Once the muscles are tightened, some doctors like to make the muscles as tight as possible so that the stomach will keep its new shape as long as possible – and the excess skin is removed.
Depending on the extent of your particular post-pregnancy concerns there are a variety of tummy tuck procedures that treat different degree of muscles and skin laxity. Some procedures are performed with limited incisions and leave shorter scars.
Here are the various types of surgery you may want to consider either as part of your mommy makeover or as a single procedure:-
Traditional Tummy Tuck – Full abdominoplasty
Extended Tummy Tuck – Belt lipectomy
Mini Tummy Tuck – short scar or small incision abdominoplasty
Reverse Tummy Tuck – the incision is made from the breast bone to the stomach.
Non-surgical Body Contouring – using liposuction, lasers or injectables
Women who have had C-sections (Cesarean Section) are in luck – your plastic surgeon can either use or remove that incision while performing the tummy tuck, so you will have only one scar.