Becoming a mother can be a beautiful, life-changing experience. However, mothers who deliver via C-section are often less than thrilled with the belly bulge, also called a “mother’s apron,” that can remain after the procedure. Luckily, a tummy tuck can effectively address this belly bulge and deliver a smooth, flat stomach reminiscent of your pre-motherhood days.
What Causes the Bulge?
The sole intent of a C-section procedure is to safely deliver your baby. This requires cutting of the abdominal skin as well as the underlying muscles in order to reach the uterus and deliver your baby. The muscles and skin are sutured after the baby is delivered. However, the integrity of the abdominal wall is still affected. The bulge occurs because of loss of strength and stability in the abdominal wall and is accentuated by the loose stomach skin that remains after months of stretching to accommodate your growing baby.
How a Tummy Tuck Can Help
Abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck, can eliminate the C-section belly bulge because it addresses both of its causes: weakened abdominal wall muscles and stretched stomach skin. During the procedure, your surgeon will work to tighten and repair the abdominal wall, which is not only weakened as a result of the C-section but also due to months of stretching during pregnancy.
The excess stomach skin is then removed and the remaining skin is pulled down and stitched very low on the abdomen. The end result is stomach skin that’s flat and firm and underlying stomach muscles that are tight and supportive. Many women opt to include liposuction as part of their tummy tuck, which gives the surgeon further artistic ability to sculpt and shape the abdomen and create beautiful contours.
Providing patients with plastic surgery and non-surgical treatment options, Dr. Rand uses his medical expertise and aesthetic sensibilities to make a positive impact on the lives of his patients. Dr. Rand is constantly driven by the unique challenges of plastic surgery, a field that seamlessly blends artistry and medical science.