During abdominoplasty, a plastic surgeon removes excess skin and tightens the muscles to improve the appearance of the abdominal area. Abdominoplasty is one of the many common types of cosmetic surgery that we offer here at Somerset Plastic Surgery. Here is more information about getting abdominoplasty after giving birth:

Who is a Good Candidate for Abdominoplasty?

Pregnancy can lead to significant changes in the abdominal area, including stretched skin and weakened muscles. New mothers who have experienced weight changes during and after pregnancy have the option of abdominoplasty. We encourage patients to wait until the body has healed after childbirth or achieved post-pregnancy weight loss before getting the surgery. 

When weight is stable, the surgeon assesses the patient’s body contours more accurately and tailors the procedure to achieve the desired outcome. Undergoing this cosmetic surgery promotes better wound healing and tissue integration once the body is healed. During the initial assessment, new patients can discuss concerns related to childbirth with a plastic surgeon, such as changes in the appearance of the abdomen, muscle laxity, or stretch marks. 

What Happens During Consultation?

Schedule a consultation with a skilled surgeon at Somerset Plastic Surgery for an assessment to evaluate candidacy and discuss expectations. The initial consultation involves a thorough examination of your abdominal area. The surgeon assesses factors such as skin elasticity, the presence of excess tissue, and the condition of your abdominal muscles. Our surgeons use 3D imaging technology to help them plan and perform your surgery.

The surgeon may take photographs of your abdominal area for documentation and measurements to aid in planning the surgical approach. Based on the examination and your goals, the surgeon discusses an appropriate type of tummy tuck for your needs. Patients with significant upper and lower abdomen changes, including stretched skin and weakened muscles, benefit from a full tummy tuck to address these issues. An extended tummy tuck can address excess skin extending beyond the abdomen to the hips or flanks. 

What Happens During The Procedure

During the procedure, one of our board-certified surgeons makes incisions to access the abdominal muscles and tissues. For a full tummy tuck, the incision extends horizontally across the lower abdomen above the pubic hairline. The incision for an extended tummy tuck could be longer than that of a traditional one. 

If the abdominal muscles are separated due to pregnancy, the surgeon may repair and tighten these muscles to create a firmer abdominal wall. The surgeon removes any excess skin and tissue, creating a smoother, more contoured appearance. A plastic surgeon may reposition the navel, allowing it to align harmoniously with the new contours of the abdomen. After surgery, the physician closes the incisions using sutures and applies bandages to foster healing.

What are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?

Pregnancy can lead to significant stretching, resulting in excess skin and stretch marks. Abdominoplasty can help remove this excess skin and reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Despite diet and exercise, some individuals may find it hard to lose stubborn tissue deposits in the abdominal area after childbirth. Abdominoplasty can remove these localized deposits, providing a more contoured and sculpted appearance.

During pregnancy, the abdominal muscles may separate, causing a condition known as diastasis recti. This separation can result in a bulging appearance in the abdominal area. Abdominoplasty involves repairing and tightening these muscles, restoring a flatter, more toned abdomen. Diastasis recti or weakened abdominal muscles may contribute to back pain, postural issues, and reduced core stability. 

What Is the Recovery Time?

Our qualified surgeons advise you to avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and vigorous exercises in the first few weeks after surgery. Avoid straining your muscles, which helps protect the newly contoured abdomen, preserving the integrity of the surgical outcomes. To maintain results, follow our surgeon’s scar care and healing recommendations. This may include using silicone-based products like creams or sheets to help flatten and fade scars gradually. Avoid sun exposure to prevent hyperpigmentation and promote proper scar healing, as sunlight can darken and exacerbate the appearance of scars on the abdomen.

Maintaining proper posture helps support the abdominal muscles and prevent undue strain on the surgical site. During recovery time, the plastic surgeon can prescribe medication for pain management. Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with your surgeon. These appointments allow your surgeon to monitor your progress, address any concerns, and provide further guidance on your recovery. 

Book an Appointment for Cosmetic Surgery 

Surgeons at Somerset Plastic Surgery examine your abdominal area to determine whether you need a full, mini, or extended tummy tuck. Our team uses various technologies and techniques during procedures to enhance safety, precision, and patient outcomes. During consultations, you can also bring up other interests in various procedures such as facelifts, rhinoplasty, liposuction, breast augmentation, and more. Contact us today to book an appointment for your cosmetic surgery.