You’ve carried and raised healthy children. And while they’ve left their mark on your heart, they’ve also left their mark on your body.
No matter how much you diligently slathered on shea butter or other belly butter during pregnancy and postnatally, and no matter how many crunches you’ve done or how many collagen smoothies you’ve sucked down, your body will never be the same. It is completely normal.
But it is also completely frustrating.
If you’ve worked miracles at the gym and are down to your pre-pregnancy weight, it’s difficult to look in the mirror and still see stretched skin and abdominal laxity despite your best efforts. There are just some things that dedication alone cannot fix.
Many movie stars have famously undergone a mommy makeover procedure. Though most won’t admit to it, there’s nothing to be ashamed about when it comes to tested solutions to restoring your figure and self-confidence.
Out-Patient Solutions for the Dreaded Belly Pooch
Having loose skin isn’t a moral failing. It’s genetic. Your skin’s elasticity and ability to “bounce back” are defined by genetic factors. This is why diet and exercise don’t always minimize loose skin. A mini tummy tuck is also something to consider if you need a little refresh.
This procedure differs from a traditional tummy tuck or abdominoplasty in that the surgeon usually makes a single incision along the patient’s bikini line, like a Cesarean, instead of from hip to hip or beyond.
You can expect the doctor to tighten slack muscle to create a flatter stomach. During the procedure, a tummy tuck is often combined with liposuction to spot-contour the area.
The mini tummy tuck is also used to reduce stretch marks. The traditional tummy tuck benefits patients who have areas of concern below and above the navel.
In this procedure, two incisions are made – one along the pubic area and a second at the navel. This allows excess skin and muscles to be tightened from just above the belly button down to the pubic line.
Timing is Everything
A mommy makeover procedure isn’t recommended for women who plan to become pregnant again. Also, you might want to consider waiting until your children no longer need to be carried as post-op instructions require you to avoid lifting items over 10 pounds for at least six weeks. Unless you have excellent long-term help after surgery, timing is crucial.
Although you may see some benefits of a mommy makeover immediately after surgery, know that swelling can last months after. A compression garment is recommended to help maximize the healing process and should be worn for two to four weeks.
You may resume light activity after the doctor has cleared you and it is usually safe to drive about a week after your discharge.
You carried your child for about nine months, so expect it to take about nine months for your swelling to subside and your incisions to become less pronounced. Once healed, you can expect Dr. Straka’s post-op results: “Flatter Belly. Firmer Contour. Fabulous Results.”
The results speak for themselves. You can see the mommy makeover procedure before and after photos on his website. The sliding bar allows you to swipe left or right and see the stunning transformation happen before your eyes.
It isn’t difficult to picture your own before and after results. Make the dream a reality, and schedule a consultation today to see if you’re a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck.
About The Author:
Ann Lewis enjoys the art of writing and has experience in various spheres of the craft. By blending information, with advice and impromptu jokes, she writes articles that not only have something to teach but are also light, easy to read.