The significant changes that happen to your body during pregnancy may leave you lacking self-confidence and struggling with frustration about your appearance. You shouldn’t be ashamed of feeling less than your best if pregnancy took a toll on your body. Here are four ways a tummy tuck can help improve the appearance of your post-pregnancy belly.*
1. Repairs Separated Abdominal Muscles
No number of crunches, planks or “burpees” can restore tone to separated abdominal muscles; this type of damage requires surgical intervention. A tummy tuck repairs and tightens abdominal muscles that have become lax or separated.*
2. Removes Excess Skin
Depending on your own genetics, skin laxity may make you look heavier than the numbers on the scale. With loose skin from past pregnancies obstructing your natural contours, losing the baby weight won’t likely be enough to fully bring back your waistline. During a tummy tuck, I remove excess skin and tissue to contour your midsection.*
3. May Remove Stretch Marks
Your plastic surgeon may be able to reduce the appearance of stretch marks on the abdomen if they are present on excised skin. Genetics also come into play with regards to the severity of stretch marks, so women whose bodies are marred by these unsightly scars may appreciate this additional benefit of a tummy tuck.
4. Benefits Beyond the Cosmetic*
While looking good physically may be the goal, there’s no substitute for improved self-image. To get back to that feeling of confidence, investigating what’s standing in your way may be worthwhile. If you’re struggling with correctable cosmetic changes from pregnancies past, a tummy tuck may truly be what the doctor ordered.
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.