The post-partum period can prove to be a challenging stage for new mothers, both physically and mentally. You probably loved to watch your belly grow during your pregnancy. But since you’ve given birth and have been left with a hanging belly, it’s not so endearing anymore. A postpartum belly is a result of the abdominal skin losing its elasticity because it’s been extensively stretched during pregnancy. With my years of experience as a plastic surgeon in Manhattan, I’ve had a number of moms consult with me to address their unsightly loose, stretched skin and excess fat through surgery. An important point that I make with my patients is that cosmetic procedures should not be used as alternatives to weight loss and getting back into healthy physical shape. They are, however, excellent options if you’ve done all that you can through diet and exercise.
What are my options for a flatter stomach?
In Manhattan, liposuction and abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck) are two of the most popular approaches to achieving a flatter, smoother, and tighter abdomen. Depending on the clinical situation, I may recommend one over the other – or sometimes even both.
Liposuction is a common procedure that involves removal of excess fat deposits in various localized areas of the body. We do this using special suction equipment, and can do this under general or local anesthesia. Liposuction is certainly an effective way of getting rid of that postpartum belly fat and improving the contour. However, if this is performed when the abdomen already has loose skin, it can exaggerate the appearance of stretch marks and cause dimpling. Liposuction also can’t resolve damaged or separated abdominal muscles.
For a firmer abdomen, including getting rid of those ugly stretch marks and tightening damaged abdominal muscles, the real solution I offer is a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of extra fat and skin from the lower abdomen and tightening of the abdominal wall, resulting in a smoother and flatter abdominal profile.
In most cases, I do a combination of both approaches for enhanced and long-lasting results. A thorough consultation and physical examination with an experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon is very important in deciding which operation and what approach are the best options for you.
Am I good candidate for these procedures?
I typically recommend cosmetic surgery to women whose weight is stable and who are in overall good health.
Keep in mind that if you are still planning to have more children, a tummy tuck procedure, or its’ variants, may not be a good choice for you. In general, I do not recommend any of the abdominoplasty procedures to my patients unless they are done with child-bearing. Be sure to schedule a thorough evaluation with a reputable Board-certified plastic surgeon in Manhattan to get the story straight.