It has been nearly 9 months since i gave birth. i hate my belly and really wish it'd go back down. do plastic surgeons have rules of thumb on when it's appropriate to say a belly is permanent after pregnancy and suitable for a procedure like tummy tuck + lipo?
Hate My Post Pregnancy Belly
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When to have a tummy tuck
Stretched abdominal muscles and skin never goes back to original after a pregnancy. Here is my recommendation: 1. Complete your family.
2. Six months after your last child have a tummy tuck and claim back your pre-pregnancy body.
That is my rule of thumb recommendation to all my patients.
Post pregancy belly blues
Pregnancy does change the body permanently. However, there is hope! A tummy tuck is often the best procedure to restore a more attractive shape. Typically, this can be done once your body has reached a post pregnancy plateau. You will also do better if you are on a reasonable diet and are fairly active. Make sure your surgeon is board certified and has done many tummy tucks. Experience matters.
Tummy be gone: Post pregnancy tummy contouring
There is no exact time frame when it would be best to proceed with a tummy tuck + lipo procedure. However, you ideally want to be done with having kids before considering definitive abdominal contouring.
A tummy tuck (also called abdominoplasty) is a very popular cosmetic surgery procedure. A tummy tuck can be an effective tool for shaping and sculpting the body for better body appearance and improved self esteem.
Sometimes no amount of diet and exercise can create a flat tummy. Tummy tuck plastic surgery actually tightens abdominal muscles and removes excess fat and skin from the stomach area to create a tighter, slimmer, smoother belly. A tummy tuck can be combined with other procedures such as liposuction of your waists or flanks (i.e. love handles) to fine tune your result
Patients choose abdominoplasty cosmetic surgery for a number of reasons, including:
Excess abdominal skin following weight loss; Weight gain (beer belly or spare tire) from a sedentary lifestyle; Abdominal fat that is resistant to diet and exercise; Stretched stomach muscles from pregnancy; Desire for a thinner profile; Desire to look younger and fitter; Desire to fit into clothes better.
I recommend you visit with an ASPS member plastic surgeon to further explore your options and to find out if you are a candidate for this procedure
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Should wait 6 months after preganncy to do a Tummy Tuck
Tummy Tuck can tighten the muscles, Remove the excess skin, get rid of stretch marks and reduce the waistline.
For best result, in our practice we wait for six months after pregnancy before operating on a patient.
Also, for best result, you should be close to your ideal weight.
Hope this is helpful.
Thank you for your inquiry. The questions you should ask yourself is do you want more children? If the answer is yes, it is best to wait until your childbirth years are completed. If it is no, then having surgery nine months after pregnancy is usually ok. It is best to see a plastic surgeon and see which procedure is best for your body type. Good Luck!
I want my belly back!
I completely understand your concern and you are not alone! It is best to wait at least 6 months after delivery before undergoing Tummytuck surgery. This allows your hormone levels to return to normal, and gives you a chance to lose those extra pregnancy pounds. Any residual fat and redundant skin can then be addressed during surgery. Try to get as close to your target weight as possible to maximize your final result. Lastly, it is best to complete child bearing, because pregnancy after tummytuck will greatly affect your result. Be sure to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon. Best of luck!
Mommy makeover to improve your tummy appearance
Usually when you weight is stable, 9-12 months after pregnancy is common