New mothers can feel dissatisfied with the changes their bodies have gone through as a result of pregnancy and childbirth. A mommy makeover is a customized set of procedures designed to help mothers regain their pre-pregnancy figure. One of the most common procedures that women choose to include in their mommy makeovers is a tummy tuck. Here’s a closer look at why.
Distended Stomach May Result in Diastasis Recti
Pregnancy often has the largest impact on the midsection. As your stomach expands during pregnancy, it’s common for the two halves of the abdominal muscles to separate, resulting in diastasis recti. Diastasis recti can be difficult, if not impossible, to resolve with exercise alone, making a tummy tuck an excellent option for repairing your separated abdominal muscles.
Skin Laxity Can Persist after Pregnancy
Because pregnancy stretches out the abdominal skin, skin laxity is a common concern among women after childbirth. While the skin has some natural elasticity, it’s usually not enough to regain the tighter, firmer appearance you may have enjoyed in younger years. A tummy tuck removes excess stomach skin, resulting in a taut, youthful belly.
Lingering Subcutaneous Fat Can Be Difficult to Shed
It’s not unusual for women to gain weight as a result of pregnancy. Once you’ve completed your family and have achieved a stable weight, you may find that some fat bulges around the abdomen persist despite your efforts to lose them.
This is because subcutaneous fat (fat that lodges just under the skin) is not easily targeted with exercise or dieting. A tummy tuck combined with liposuction can remove subcutaneous fat for slimmer, fitter abdominal contours, helping you lose the baby weight you couldn’t shake off.
Dr. Frank Campanile is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is also fellowship trained in hand and microsurgery. Dr. Campanile knows that making a lasting change to your appearance is a big decision. His calm, professional approach and deep caring for his patients set a tone that will help you feel confident and relaxed while reviewing your options and learning all about the procedures that can benefit you. Request a consultation today to meet with Dr. Campanile in person.