You’ve buried yourself in baby books, scoured the net and read every online article there is on how to care for your newborn. You and your bundle of joy may have even found some form of routine during the day and you find yourself catching some z’s during the night. Now that you’ve found some semblance of order post-partum, it’s time to get your body back into shape. But the question is – how do you start?
Pregnancy can put your body through the wringer – from the rapid weight gain to the ever-expanding belly to accommodate a baby. It is likely that you’ll experience weight gain, loose skin around the tummy area and swelling or a lump in your abdomen. If you want to get things back to where they were pre-pregnancy, there are new technologies and treatments available to make it easier and faster and look and feel good post-pregnancy.
After having children, you lose the abdominal tightness that you had before. No matter how much core exercises you do, with weak abdominal muscles, you will not be able to get the same tone and shed off that post-baby pooch. During pregnancy, abdominal muscles are stretched and separated to make room for the growing baby. However, for some women, the muscle never fully returns to its original position and remain somewhat separated due to a condition known as Diastasis Recti, where the belly sticks out because the space between your left and right muscles has widened. This condition can even cause some women to look several months pregnant even after giving birth.
If you are finding it hard to get rid of bulges post-pregnancy even with diet and exercise, you might want to consider getting liposuction. Liposuction is a procedure that removes stubborn fat deposits in localised areas through small puncture holes, for a slimmer and more toned appearance. At Allure Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgeon Dr. Samuel Ho employs a S.A.F.E liposuction technique that was first developed by established American Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Simeon Wall Jr. As the abbreviation suggest, this technique allows for low risk liposuction to be performed even in repeat cases, where other techniques would encounter many difficulties. This surgery that can be conducted on areas of the body like at thighs, calves and abdomen is also great for those with a lower pain tolerance because a tumescent fluid is administered to relieve pain and minimise bleeding. Some bruising is expected after the procedure, but they will go off after a week or ten days but you will be expected to wear a compression garment for four to six weeks to help with the recovery.
Additionally, harvested fat can be processed and the purified fat grafted in various areas to enhance the desired contours. When you are nursing your infant, the flow of milk can stretch the breast tissue and skin. This leaves some women with a “stretched out” look to their breasts when the milk-producing structures go back to the size they were pre-pregnancy. Fat grafting accompanied with liposuction can be performed to correct the shape and size of the breasts.
Loose skin after weight loss
Compounding the problem of a persistent post-partum belly bulge is the loose skin around the tummy area and stretch marks that occur when the belly has been stretched to accommodate an infant for nine months. These aren’t concerns that can be solved by a diligent fitness routine and strict diet alone. Enter Abdominoplasty or more commonly known as tummy-tuck. The procedure helps to remove excess fat and skin by restoring separated muscles to create a smoother and toned abdominal profile.
One of the most common tummy tuck procedures for post-partum mothers is the mini-abdominoplasty. You don’t have to worry about scars from the tummy tuck showing when you are wearing a cropped top or a swimsuit, because the scar will be hidden where a caesarean scar might be, and would not be longer. On top of that, simple umbilical defects and splaying of the abdominal rectus muscles can also be corrected through this short incision.
The separation of the abdominal muscles can give rise to an unsightly bulge that is especially noticeable after a heavy meal or strain from a strenuous exercise. So what’s the best route?
The primary choice to correct the post-partum bulge is the abdominal laxity correction that involves repairing the abdominal muscles to close the separation through a small incision in the lower abdomen.
You will be allowed to go home on the same day of the procedure and should be able to return to work after three or four days, though strenuous activities should be put off for a month later. But you will require a compression garment for four to six weeks to prevent snapping of the sutures and recurrence of the bulge. Also, some abdominal tightness, especially after meals is expected. The feeling of bloatedness will wear off in the weeks following the surgery as the body adapts to the new, tightened abdominal musculature.
It’s not what’s on the outside, but what’s on the inside
Contrary to popular belief, seeing a plastic surgeon isn’t just for cosmetic reasons, it can also be for functional reasons like a weakening of the abdominal cavity that can not only make weight loss difficult, but almost impossible despite your best efforts.
According to Dr. Samuel Ho, when his patient “did her first sit-up in ten years after her tummy tuck surgery, it was a life changing experience for her.” He repaired her abdominal muscle and corrected her hernia, a problem that occurs when an organ pushes through an opening in the muscle or tissue that holds it in place. Also, procedures like hernia repair are insurance claimable. If you want to feel more confident post-pregnancy, there is no harm in checking out these innovative treatments for rehabbing your stomach and skin.
Allure Plastic Surgery
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