Restore Your Figure with a Tummy Tuck after Pregnancy By Steven Wiener M.D. on August 30, 2020

pregnant woman lying on table with towel draped across her, flower on the side of herAfter pregnancy, some women do not like how their bodies look and want to improve their appearance. If you are unhappy with your midsection, you might want to take a closer look at a tummy tuck after pregnancy at our Scottsdale, AZ, office. During tummy tuck surgery, the doctor will remove excess skin and fat and tighten the underlying abdominal muscles. 

Dr. Steven Wiener uses advanced techniques during tummy tuck surgeries to leave women with flatter, more defined stomachs and minimal scarring. During a consultation, Dr. Wiener will explain the process and determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. 

What Is Involved in a Tummy Tuck?

To begin tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Weiner will typically make a horizontal incision at the pubic bone, spanning from hip bone to hip bone. A second incision might also be made around the navel. For women who have already had a C-section, the surgeon can often make the incision in the same location.

Your doctor then lifts the skin to access and remove extra fat. If pregnancy has weakened your muscles, the surgeon tightens your ab muscles. The belly button can also be repositioned if necessary. After removing excess tissue, the incisions are carefully closed. 

When Should I Schedule My Procedure?

For women who want a tummy tuck after pregnancy at our Scottsdale, AZ, office, we typically recommend that you wait at least six months after giving birth. If you breastfeed, you should wait six months after you stop nursing before scheduling the procedure. 

Before a tummy tuck, you need to let your body heal accordingly. During pregnancy, the tissue deep within your stomach has stretched to accommodate your growing child. After six months, the majority of the stretched tissue has healed. Additionally, the pregnancy hormones that make the tissue softer are now inactive, allowing the tissue to heal further and become stronger.

Who Are the Best Candidates?

At our Scottsdale, AZ, medical practice, we can determine the best candidates for tummy tuck surgery during detailed evaluations. Typically, women who are done having children are ideal candidates. Subsequent pregnancies can re-stretch the stomach and might require additional surgery. Women should also be in good health. We will assess you to see if you have any additional medical issues that might need to be addressed first, such as poorly controlled diabetes. 

This surgery is especially helpful for women who are mindful of a healthy diet and exercise but still have stubborn stomach fat and skin. A tummy tuck is an optimal way to target that area. After surgery, women should be committed to a healthy lifestyle, including a good diet and regular exercise to maintain their results.

Are There Any Special Considerations?

In some cases, your surgeon might recommend liposuction in addition to a tummy tuck. For women who not only want to target their stomachs but breasts and butts as well after pregnancy, a mommy makeover is an option. A mommy makeover combines several surgeries for even more dramatic results.

Schedule a Tummy Tuck Consultation

If you are interested in learning more about a tummy tuck after pregnancy, please contact our office online or call us at (480) 596-6886. During your consultation, we can answer all your questions about the procedure.

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