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.
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.
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.
It only makes sense that you want your new shape after abdominoplasty to be perfect, but you might be left wondering how to ensure you get a good outcome from a tummy tuck.With just a bit of research and planning focused on these three important factors, you should be able to see beautiful tummy tuck results.* Continue reading 3 Factors That Add Up to Beautiful Tummy Tuck Results
It feels like you’ve been thinking about a tummy tuck
for ages. Every time you catch your reflection you think about what your waistline could look like with that little finishing touch. But how do you know when it’s the best time for a tummy tuck?
Here are three major milestones you can use as a guide to decide if the time is right.
Continue reading 3 Times in Your Life that Might Be Right for a Tummy Tuck
When planning your plastic surgery, you’ll have quite a few different options to choose from that can help you custom-tailor your procedure to fit your exact needs. One such option you may be considering is whether or not to add liposuction to your plastic surgery. In many cases, pairing liposuction with other procedures can enhance your results by fine-tuning the contours of your body
to really highlight your natural curves.
Continue reading 5 Plastic Surgery Procedures that Pair Perfectly with Liposuction
By now, all of America (and perhaps the world) has seen the amazing transformation of Mama June Shannon as documented in the recent WE TV reality series “Mama June: From Not to Hot.” Now meet the Doctor behind her amazing new body.
Continue reading Meet the Doctor Behind Mama June’s Amazing Transformation!