For many women in Tampa, a tummy tuck is one of the most popular procedures requested following pregnancy. While being a new mom is one of life’s greatest joys, there are long-term physical tolls which pregnancy, childbirth and nursing all take on the body. A tummy tuck can resolve one of these issues: your post-pregnancy tummy.
Changes during Pregnancy
During your pregnancy, the uterus expands in order to accommodate your growing baby, and the muscles in the abdomen expand right along with it. Over the muscles, the skin stretches out as well. Some women seem to slim right back to their former silhouette after giving birth. Others battle to achieve flat tummies again.
As we age, our muscles loosen and our skin loses elasticity. This effect is even more prominent in areas of the body which have already undergone drastic muscle and skin stretching, like the abdominal area of a woman who has undergone a pregnancy or several pregnancies. Although many women may think their bodies returned to normal after pregnancy, increasing age may reveal an unflattering look to the stomach as the loose muscles sag further.
How Surgery Helps
At my offices in Tampa, tummy tucks are frequently performed in order to address the post-pregnancy belly, whether soon after pregnancy or many years later. The procedure first tightens the underlying abdominal muscles in order to provide a taut framework upon which the skin will be draped. Excess skin is then cut away, and fat deposits are removed. The result is a firm, flat abdominal profile which may even look better than before you had children and can take years off your appearance.