Most women never regain a completely flat stomach after pregnancy. During pregnancy the abdominals have to stretch and lengthen and in some women they separate completely leaving a pouch of loose skin after birth which is resistant to diet and exercise.
The stomach is also one area where time takes its toll and, and the older you are when either of these events happen, the more likely it is that collagen and elastin in the skin have also experienced some damage meaning the skin won’t snap back. As we age the size of our stomachs also changes, particularly during our middle ages when oestrogen levels fall and fat is rerouted towards the midriff area.
We always prefer the non-surgical route but when the stomach is laden with lots of loose skin only surgery will do the trick and a great result can be life changing for many women with increased confidence, improved health, firmer muscles and am improved outline
Here’ what you need to consider if you are thinking about surgery
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*Depending on how much fat and loose skin, the procedure involves two to three hour surgery and requires a general anaesthetic and one or two overnight stays in hospital.
*Be warned, abdominal surgery is no walk in the park and comes with risks and an often-uncomfortable recovery. You’ll need at least a month to six weeks at home and full recovery can take from three to six months.
*There will be considerable bruising and swelling after the operation which will fade after six weeks.
*A compression garment will need to be worn for 24/7 for six weeks after the operation
*Be aware there could be extensive scarring though this is often hidden near the pubic bone so hidden by underwear.
*There are limitations as to what you can lift (including kids shopping and housework), so if you are considering surgery you need to make sure you’ll have adequate help around the house.
*It is an expensive procedure but we advise not going abroad for cut price deals .The procedures abroad may be cheaper, but there is a huge price to pay if you get it wrong and aftercare is crucial with this type of surgery.
*It is vital that you are also aware of the risks. If you are fully informed about things that could possibly go wrong you can be better prepared.
*Never be rushed into making a decision. Take your time and don’t let yourself be pressured by offers or price.
*Make sure your practitioner is not only qualified, but also well experienced. Ideally you want a surgeon who has performed the same treatment many, many times, and is happy to answer any question you might have.
WHICH TUCK IS RIGHT
Just as not all bodies are the same so a tuck is not a one type fits all procedure. Depending on the extent of the problemthere are many types of tummy tucks, from a mini-tummy tuck that just focuses on the lower tummy with a small incision, to a traditional tummy tuck that requires a larger scar across the front of the body (but below the bikini line). Some tummy tuck procedures can also address love handles or excess skin and fat on the upper abdomen
- Standard Tummy Tuck:
Your surgeon will make a long incision on the abdomen (just above the pubic area). In some cases there will be another cut which involves the belly button being removed from the surrounding skin – but you will be clear of this upon consultation. The surgeon will then tuck and tighten your muscles and stitch them into place. From here, any excess fat will be removed, skin will be pulled down and your belly button will be repositioned correctly.
Incisions are closed with stitches and your lower abdomen is strapped with bandages. There is likely to be scarring on your abdomen, above your pubic area, after the operation, hopefully underwear conceals the scar – although this isn’t always possible.
2.Mini Tummy Tuck:
Any excess skin and fat from below your belly button is removed. Your belly button is not removed from surrounding skin, but you are likely to be left with scarring on the abdomen above the pubic area.
3.Extended Tummy Tuck:
This method involves excess skin and fat being removed from your lower back, as well as the abdomen. Again, there is likely to be scarring on the abdomen above your pubic area and on your lower back
Developed in Brazil, lipoabdominoplasty targets all the major problems: extra skin, fat and loose muscle. This variation of the tummy tuck uses more liposuction and less skin lifting.