You love everything about being a mom—that is, everything but your post-pregnancy body. You’ve tried it all: fad diets, exercise classes, you name it. However, despite your best efforts, nothing seems to be helping you get your body back.
If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. It goes without saying that pregnancy takes a major toll on a woman’s body—most especially in the stomach area. The truth is, after pregnancy, some women are left with a shape they simply can’t exercise away.
Each time a woman has a child, it stretches her stomach and the muscles in her abdomen. Certain abdominal muscles can even separate during pregnancy and typically can’t be repaired without surgery. This fairly common issue, known as diastasis recti or abdominal separation, occurs when the left and right side muscles separate along the abdomen. It is often the reason a woman’s tummy sticks out after pregnancy.
That’s why an increasing number of women in Northern Virginia are turning to tummy tucks to help correct their postpartum abdominal separation issues. When diet, exercise, and other potential fixes fall short, a tummy tuck may be the best solution.
Because a tummy tuck is highly customizable, the board-certified plastic surgeon doing the procedure can achieve the ideal results for each patient. They can contour, shape, and ultimately flatten the abdomen, remove excess skin, and correct muscles.
Some hesitate to get the procedure done because of potential risks; however, when a trusted, board-certified plastic surgeon performs the procedure on a patient suited for surgery, there are minimal risks involved.
There are many reasons why a tummy tuck is a healthy, effective option to help women bounce back after having kids—and many reasons why they opt to have one done.
For active women, excess skin post-pregnancy is a big problem while exercising. A tummy tuck removes of stomach fat, making it easier to return to physical activities postpartum. The procedure can also improve a woman’s lifestyle dramatically by helping to boost her confidence and self-esteem.
After pregnancy, excess skin and loose abdominal muscles make it hard to wear certain tops, bathing suits, and other form-fitting clothing. A tummy tuck helps flatten the stomach, giving women renewed self-confidence that lets them return to wearing the same fitted clothing they wore before having a baby.
Despite the misconception that they are only for cosmetic purposes, there are many health-related reasons why women get tummy tucks after pregnancy.
For example, tummy tucks can be very effective for reducing urinary incontinence and improving postpartum back pain. In fact, a recent study found that six months after surgery, women reported an average improvement of 85 percent in back pain and 73 percent in urinary incontinence.
There are many different reasons why women opt to get a tummy tuck after having a baby. Regardless of the reason, tummy tucks are a safe and healthy option for many new moms—and they can be life-changing and transformative in many ways.
Do you still have questions about tummy tucks and how one can help you bounce back after having kids? Contact NOVA Plastic Surgery in Northern Virginia to help you learn more about the tummy tuck procedure and whether or not it’s a good fit for you.