not unusual to see women who have concerns about the appearance of their abdomen
following pregnancy. Most of them
have tried diet and exercise and despite this have been unable to solve their
problems. These patients have
difficulty finding clothes that fit properly and feel that people stare at
them. This often results in lowered
self-esteem, self-image and self-confidence.
variety of changes can occur in the abdominal wall following pregnancy. These include the development of excess
skin, weakened abdominal muscles and fat accumulation. For these reasons, a comprehensive evaluation
is essential to obtain an optimal result.
on the results of this evaluation, multiple options are available for treating
abnormalities of the abdominal wall.
Two of the most commonly used procedures are tummy tuck and liposuction. These procedures have different levels
of complexity, pain, recovery, and cost.
isolated fat is present, liposuction can be performed under local or general
anesthesia. It has a relatively
short recovery, is affordable, and has a low complication rate. The procedure involves passing a canula
through the subcutaneous tissue while applying suction which ultimately removes
fat cells. High satisfaction rates
are associated with this procedure.
Its major drawbacks include less effectiveness in patients with weak
abdominal muscles, loose skin, and large amounts of fat.
tightens the abdominal wall muscles and removes excess
skin and fat. When severe
deformities are present abdominoplasty is the treatment of choice. High satisfaction rates are associated
with this procedure, but it is more expensive, has a longer recovery and a
higher complication rate.
patients with severe abdominal wall deformities, it’s essential that the
appropriate procedure be chosen to correct the problem. For this reason it’s important to
consult a board certified plastic surgeon who can perform this evaluation.