Once the new baby arrives and childbirth is over, the attention of many new moms turns to regaining their pre-pregnancy figure. Several new mothers often engage in strict diet regimens, extensive exercise, and sometimes harmful weight-loss efforts in hopes to shed their pregnancy weight, predominately the pregnancy belly. The truth is that, after the abdominal muscles have been stretched out for several months, it takes time for them to heal and return to their normal appearance. Even then, for some women, a tummy tuck may be the only means of achieving the flat and toned tummy they desire.
Benefits of a Tummy Tuck for New Moms
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure in which excess skin and fat are removed from the abdominal region. For new moms, a tummy tuck can provide several benefits beyond the obvious aesthetic benefit of a toned and flat tummy. A tummy tuck can mend muscles that weaken and separate during pregnancy. Abdominal strength is important for everyday functions such as standing up straight or holding your newborn for extended periods of time.
How Long Should New Moms Wait for a Tummy Tuck
Most plastic surgeons recommend that new mothers wait anywhere from three months to a year before scheduling a tummy tuck procedure. The truth is, the amount of time a new mother should wait depends on the length of time she is breastfeeding.
Women who are still nursing should wait until they are done nursing before undergoing a tummy tuck procedure. As long as mother is nursing, the hormones that are responsible for stretching the skin during pregnancy are still circulating throughout her body. Women who undergo a tummy tuck and resume nursing after the procedure could potentially stretch their new, toned tummy, effectively distorting their results.
Mothers who decide not to breastfeed should still wait at least three to six months before undergoing a tummy tuck procedure. The stretching that occurs deep within the fascia abdominal layer during pregnancy usually heals within three to six months in most mothers. Failure to allow the fascia layer to heal before undergoing a tummy tuck procedure could increase the risk of asymmetry, excessive bleeding, blood clots, nerve damage and a host of other surgical complications.
Surgeons recommend that women be completely done with having kids before they undergo a tummy tuck procedure. Once excess abdominal skin is removed, if the skin is excessively stretched due to an additional pregnancy, the stretching could lead to tearing of the repaired muscles and stretchmarks. Both of which would require an additional tummy tuck to remove.
If you have lost most of your pregnancy weight, are done nursing your child and have no plans to have additional children, then you may be a candidate for the best tummy tuck Houston has to offer.
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