Women browsing online for information about ways to restore their pre-pregnancy bodies typically come across several “too-good-to-be-true” remedies that promise slimmer abdomens without surgery. Very rarely do these methods work. During tummy tuck consultations with moms from Oakville, Hamilton, and throughout the area, Dr. Otto Weiglein explains why abdominoplasty is really the only way to get the flatter stomach many women want.
But in most cases a post-pregnancy tummy tuck involves more than just removing loose skin. The physical changes that occur to a woman’s body during pregnancy can also affect the core muscles, which separate as the fetus grows inside the belly. In this blog post, we’ll explain how a tummy tuck can help restore your pre-pregnancy body and the advanced techniques Dr. Weiglein uses during the procedure.
What Happened to My Body?
Having a baby is an incredible journey filled with emotion and an overwhelming sense of joy for most women. But it takes a toll on the body. Breasts look deflated and abdominal skin hangs over the waistline. And for many women, the aftermath of pregnancy can also mean incontinence and a sore back. Even women who return to the gym soon after giving birth discover that exercise alone can’t restore their bodies to what they looked like before children.
That’s because crunches, yoga, and running can’t tighten the loose stomach skin or repair the abdominal muscles separated during pregnancy. That’s what a tummy tuck can accomplish, along with removing localized fat pockets using liposuction. When a woman is pregnant, the baby divides the muscles, fat, skin, and layers of tissue called fascia that make up the abdominal wall. It weakens and can’t repair itself.
Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
The separation of the rectus muscles that occurs down the middle of the abdomen is called diastasis recti. This doesn’t happen in every pregnancy, but it’s a common condition that causes the belly to bulge and contributes to abdominal weakness.
A full tummy tuck can repair the rectus muscles and remove the excess skin, creating a flat tummy that looks great in a bikini. In some cases, women combine a tummy tuck with other procedures such as a breast lift or breast augmentation. If these situations, Dr. Weiglein determines if the operations can be completed safely within a specified amount of time.
Consultation Is the First Step
During the initial consultation, Dr. Weiglein will conduct a physical exam and listen to you describe your aesthetic goals. With this information, he will then recommend what he believes to be the best surgical path to accomplish your goals, based on your body types and the results you desire.
To learn more about tummy tuck surgery and if it can benefit you, contact us using the online form to request a consultation or call us at (905) 634-5573 to schedule an appointment.