I am 30 yrs old two kids second pregnancy left me with a umbilical hernia. Both delivered by c-section and i just can't get rid of this belly. I look pregnant still. What can help me get a flat tummy again. I dont have extra skin just a pop belly. Help
How Do I Get Rid of Looking Pregnant and Umbilical Hernia?
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Abdominoplasty with mesh reverses the pregnant look
The best technique is an abdominoplasty with mesh reinforcement. This technique provides mechanical strength by using a large piece of mesh sewn side to side to create a more hourglass figure and flat stomach. The reason you look pregnant is because your fascia (the strength layer) has stretched out. Your muscle is only functional when it is contracting, so it is your fascia that determines your shape. Pregnancy has damaged your fascia irreversibly and mesh is used to reinforce the fascia. Extra skin can also be resected as in ordinary tummy tucks but that is not the only problem if you look pregnant. The umbilical hernia is a tear in the fascia which needs to be corrected. There have been recent articles published in Plastic and Reconstructive Journal describing this technique.
Gary Horndeski, M.D.
Help for the tummy
It sounds like you may be a candidate for a tummy tuck. Your abdominal muscles may have weakened due to the pregnancies. The tummy tuck can help give support to these muscles. An umbilical hernia can often be repaired at the same time as a tummy tuck. If you do not have any loose skin, you may be a candidate for a mini tummy tuck. A visit to a Board Certified plastic surgeon is a good idea so more specific information can be given based on an exam. Good luck!
Mini endoscopic tummy tuck
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Many women have weakened abdominal walls and umbilical hernias after pregnancy with little or no excess skin. There are several ways to approach this problem including umbilical incisions and mini or limited incision abdominoplasties. You need a thorough exam by a board certified plastic surgeon to determine what is best for you. Good luck.
Tummy bulge & Umbilical hernia following 2 kids
The fact that your second pregnancy left you with an umbilical hernia suggests that there is significant separation of the rectus muscles (divarication) which commonly causes the "pregnant" look. If your skin is good with little excess, then you will need a repair of the hernia and rectus sheath. I do this through an umbilical incision or through a mini-tummy tuck incision if removing some skin will help give a flat appearance. Recommend you see a Plastic Surgeon and discuss your goals and options. Good luck.
Short incision tummy tucks
For selected patients, there are short incision techniques to tighten the fascia (the bulge), repair the umbilical hernia, and remove varying amounts of skin.
There is actually a range of procedures available depending on the patient's tolerance for scar length and position, etc.
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