After pregnancy, it’s not at all uncommon to carry some extra weight in your midsection. For some women, these extra pounds seem an easy fix with the right amount of exercise and healthy eating. For others, the post-pregnancy belly bulge just won’t go away, no matter how much they exercise. If this is the case for you, that tummy bulge after pregnancy might require tummy tuck surgery to correct a condition called diastasis recti.
What Is Diastasis Recti?
Also called abdominal separation, diastasis recti is a common condition that many women face after pregnancy. It happens when your abdominal muscles separate from each other, creating a permanent bulge that often resembles a still-pregnant belly and/or an indentation in your abdominal area.
While the right exercise regimen may help to improve diastasis recti, working out isn’t always enough to resolve it completely, especially if your symptoms are moderate to severe.
Incontinence, lower back pain and a belly bulge are some of the common symptoms of diastasis.
What to Do about a Post-Pregnancy Tummy Bulge
If you’re having trouble getting rid of a belly bulge after pregnancy, talk with a board-certified plastic surgeon. In the case of diastasis recti, a tummy tuck can repair your muscles and thus restore your flatter pre-baby stomach. As an added bonus to your tummy tuck, your plastic surgeon can also remove and tighten any loose skin you might be left with after having kids.
Of course, pairing plastic surgery with healthy habits like getting enough exercise and eating a balanced diet is the best way to see complete results.
After your facelift, expect to come home with some swelling, bruising and tenderness.
While these symptoms are typically manageable and will gradually improve as your body heals, there are a few things you can do to reduce swelling and bruising after facelift surgery.
1. Keep Your Head Elevated
Try to keep your head elevated as much as possible in the first few days after your facial plastic surgery to reduce swelling. Some people find that sleeping in a recliner or propped up on several pillows in bed are comfortable ways to stay elevated and get some much-needed rest.
2. Use Cold Compresses
You can use cold compresses to reduce swelling and make you feel more comfortable. Never apply ice directly to your skin. Instead, place a towel or other soft barrier in between. Ask your plastic surgeon how long you should apply cold compresses. The general rule of thumb is no more than 20 minutes at a time.
Do not apply heat to swollen areas, since heat increases blood flow and swelling.
3. Get Enough Rest
Your body needs time to rest and recover, so take it easy in the first days after your facelift. When you’re feeling up to it, walking around the house can help to promote good circulation and healing, but don’t overdo physical activity at this stage of recovery.
4. Follow Your Plastic Surgeon’s Instructions
Your plastic surgeon should send you home with specific instructions about bandages, wearing a supportive compression garment, physical activity limitations, which medications and supplements to avoid and more. Follow these guidelines as closely as possible to maximize healing and your final facelift results.
Abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, remains one of the most popular plastic surgeries year after year.
But this highly sought after body contouring treatment isn’t all about looks. In fact, you could reap these three unexpected, yet welcome tummy tuck benefits in addition to looking and feeling your best.
1. Reduced Stress Incontinence
Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is a concern for lots of people, especially women who have had children. If you notice embarrassing leaks when you laugh, sneeze or cough, you might want to talk to your plastic surgeon about adding some relief to your tummy tuck procedure.
In severe cases, a slight bladder obstruction can be created during your tummy tuck to ease symptoms of SUI and get you back to feeling more like yourself again.
2. Improved Back Pain
Your abdominal muscles are the main support system for your lower back. By tightening weak muscles, your tummy tuck plastic surgeon may be able to help reduce chronic back pain caused by a lack of support from your abdomen.
Your posture could improve after a tummy tuck, thanks to tightened abs.
3. Muscle Repair
Following pregnancy or massive weight loss, some people develop a condition called diastasis recti, which happens when your abdominal muscles become separated.
Not only can this condition cause an unwanted bulge in your abdomen, but it might also keep you from performing regular daily activities. If this is the case for you, talk to an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon about your candidacy for abdominoplasty with muscle repair.
After getting a facelift, you can expect to still look like yourself—just a younger, revitalized version.
If you’re wondering how you can make your facelift last for many years to come, take a look at these four important tips to follow for great skin.
1. Protect Your Skin from the Sun
The sun’s UV rays can wreak havoc on your skin, causing lines, wrinkles, sagging and age spots. To help prolong your facelift results, avoid deliberate tanning, wear a wide-brimmed sunhat, use sunscreen and seek shade.
When choosing a sunscreen, look for broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection of at least SPF 15 for use on your face on a daily basis.
2. Adopt Healthy Lifestyle Habits
Besides practicing good sun protection, there are quite a few other lifestyle habits that can make or break your facelift results. Avoid smoking, which can accelerate the natural aging process. It’s also important to eat healthy, balanced meals, get enough sleep and get regular exercise to look and feel youthful.
Eating antioxidant-rich foods may help to give your skin a boost of youthful radiance.
3. Let Skincare Lend a Helping Hand
Using the right skincare products can be a huge help when trying to make your facelift results last. Ask your plastic surgeon for recommends on the best anti-aging skincare products for your unique skin type and concerns.
4. Turn to Injectables
Don’t forget that you can pair cosmetic treatments like dermal fillers, BOTOX®, laser resurfacing and more with your facelift to help you get the absolute most out of your results.
The holiday season might sound far away right now, but it won’t be long before Christmas carols and New Year’s Eve parties are back.
If you’re planning breast enhancement and want to see results just in time for these special occasions, start thinking about your breast augmentation timeline now.
Careful planning now could help you enjoy the breasts of your dreams when you ring in the new year.
Start Searching for Your Plastic Surgeon Now
The first major step to check off your list is to find the right plastic surgeon for your breast augmentation. Start doing your research now, then schedule a consultation or two to help you narrow down your search.
When searching for a breast enhancement plastic surgeon, look for qualifications like:
- Board certification with the American Board of Plastic Surgery
- Memberships to accredited medical associations, such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Before and after photos indicating extensive experience with breast augmentation
- Online reviews
- Friendly, helpful staff and a clean, organized office
It’s never too soon to schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon to start planning your procedure.
Work Recovery Time into Your Breast Augmentation Timeline
Although many women feel up to going back to work within 7 to 10 days after getting breast implants, don’t expect to see your final results just yet. It can take 3 to 6 months to see your full outcome from breast augmentation, so give yourself some wiggle room between your procedure date and your big New Year’s plans.
California residents can appreciate just how hot the dog days of summer can be, but there is an upside to the extreme heat.
The hottest days of summer can be a great time to schedule plastic surgery, since you’ll probably want to beat the heat and cool down indoors, anyway. Here are three plastic surgery procedures perfect for summer.
1. Breast Enhancement
For most people, the summer offers the most flexibility and time away from school, work and other routines that will likely kick back up in the fall. If you’ve been thinking about getting breast implants, a breast lift or a breast reduction, scheduling your procedure for the summer could help to ensure that you have enough time to rest, recover and see your results before your busy season revs back up.
It can take several months to see your final breast augmentation results.
2. Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery is a popular plastic surgery procedure that many people choose to get for both cosmetic and medical reasons. Since you should only need about 5 to 7 days of recovery after eyelid surgery, fitting it in during the hottest days of summer might be an easy way to take a break from the heat for a week or so before getting back to your summer activities.
3. Tummy Tuck
It’s true that you will need to stay out of the sun while you recover from a tummy tuck since the sun’s UV rays can interfere with your body’s healing process and can make scarring worse. However, if you’re one to favor the A/C over the excruciating heat outside, planning your tummy tuck for this time of year can be advantageous.