During pregnancy, some woman experience a separation of the abdominal muscles, a condition known as diastasis recti. The issue is fairly common, and occurs when the left and right side muscles separate along the midline of the abdomen. Those who are carrying multiples, or who have larger babies but are petite, are especially prone to diastasis recti.
This common muscle separation can leave you with a bulging abdomen post-partum. When combined with the stretched skin that occurs after pregnancy, you can be left with an abdomen you arent confident showing off, even after youve tried exercise to fix it.
More and more women are turning to tummy tucks to correct their post-partum abdominal issues. In the 1990s, most tummy tucks were performed on post-menopausal women. Now, almost half are performed on women in their 20s and 30s who want their pre-pregnancy body back.
During a traditional tummy tuck, the surgeon will remove loose skin, extra fat, and repair the muscles in the abdomen. Most women will be off their feet for up to 14 days after the surgery. Importantly, patients should be within 10 pounds of their ideal weight before surgery because extensive weight loss or gain afterwards can alter the results.
Moms who dont want or need a full tummy tuck can go with a mini-tuck, which involves the removal of excess skin and fat between the belly button and the pubic bone. Moms who didnt have any separation of the abdominal muscles but still want to get rid of extra skin can look into this option.
Patients can also combine a post-pregnancy tummy tuck with a breast augmentation or breast lift in what is known as a mommy makeover. Pregnancy can cause the breasts to increase in size rapidly, and then after pregnancy and breastfeeding, they can lose that volume. This can lead to sagging, drooping, and even the loss of cup size.
A breast lift will return the breasts to a more youthful, upright position, and a breast augmentation can give you back lost volume (or give you more volume, if desired). Your surgeon will tell you which option is better for your situation.