Pregnancy can create dramatic
changes in a women’s body. These
changes are especially noticeable in the abdomen where the fat, muscles and
skin are all effected. It’s not
unusual to see weakened muscles, fat accumulation, loose saggy skin and stretch
marks following pregnancy.
A variety of treatment options
exist for patients with abdominal changes following pregnancy. These procedures need to be
individualized based on the patient’s specific anatomic deformity.
Unfortunately without pictures, or
the ability to perform a physical examination, it’s impossible to know which
option is best for you. In your
case, the procedure that is chosen will depend on the specifics of your
In some cases where diffuse fatty
deposits occur in the abdominal wall, liposuction is the treatment of
choice. When patients have
weakened muscles, redundant saggy abdominal skin and stretch marks, some type
of abdominoplasty is usually necessary.
When the loose skin and weakened
muscles are confined to the area beneath the umbilicus, a mini-abdomioplasty
may be possible. When larger
amounts of excess skin are present, or when more significant muscle weakness
occurs a full abdomioplasty may be necessary. The majority of patient’s will require a full
abdominoplasty. Although mini
abdominolasty is performed, it’s less frequently indicated. If your excess skin is confined to the
area beneath the umbilicus, you may be a good candidate for mini abdomioplasty.
It’s important that you consult
with a board certified plastic surgeon.
After a physical examination, your surgeon should be able to formulate a
treatment plan that is appropriate for you.