One of the most popular procedures after pregnancy is the abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck). While being a new mom is one of life’s greatest joys, there are long-term physical tolls that pregnancy and nursing can take on the body. An abdominoplasty can help resolve one of the biggest problem areas that many women after pregnancy are concerned with: a stretched out and loose tummy.
During pregnancy, the uterus expands in order to accommodate your growing baby, and the muscles in the abdomen expand along with it. Your abdominal skin will also stretch as your pregnancy progresses. Some lucky women have the bodies and genetics to slim down easily after pregnancy, but others may have to go to battle in order to reclaim their flat tummies.
As we age, our muscles loosen and our skin loses elasticity. This is more prominent in areas of the body that have already undergone drastic muscle and skin stretching. This makes the aging process even harder on the bodies of women who have undergone multiple pregnancies. Although many women may believe that their bodies returned to normal after their pregnancy, loose muscles may continue to sag with age and further reveal unflattering contours of the tummy.
Tummy tucks are often the procedure of choice to address post-pregnancy tummy concerns as part of a mommy makeover, whether soon after the birth or many years later. The procedure can tighten the underlying abdominal muscles to provide a firm framework upon which the skin will rest. Excess and drooping skin is then cut away and fat deposits may be removed. The result is a sleek, flat abdominal profile that may give you an appearance even more youthful than you had before you became pregnant.