In this blog we will address the best time to get a tummy tuck after having a child!
Many women dream of having a baby, and our wish is for you to be fully fulfilled with your family. However, we know that many women are dissatisfied with their silhouette after giving birth, mainly concerning the abdomen.
After all, the baby spent nine months developing in there, a true miracle of nature, but it has consequences such as stretching the skin beyond its ability to contract again. And, with that comes flaccidity…
In addition, the pregnant woman's body tends to accumulate fat in the abdominal region, especially in women who gain a lot of weight during pregnancy - and this is another factor that damages the silhouette even after giving birth.
Because of this, many women seek abdominoplasty to correct these imperfections and recover their contours from before. Belly plastic surgery is an excellent solution for this, but it is necessary to observe some precautions.
Indications for abdominoplasty after pregnancy
Postpartum abdominoplasty is indicated for women who have undergone bodily changes during the pregnancy, especially the flaccidity in the abdominal region, and they were not able to recover its previous form, even after losing the extra weight.
This surgery is indicated for women who are already within a healthy weight range or close to ideal, and not for those who still want or need to lose a few pounds. Remember that abdominoplasty is not a weight-loss technique.
Also, it is noteworthy that any plastic surgery will be indicated when the desire to perform it is part of the woman herself, and not because of a partner's demand or suggestion from friends and family.
And, of course, for the results to be longer-lasting, it is recommended that the abdominoplasty be done when the woman no longer wants to become pregnant, as a new pregnancy can change the silhouette.
When is it possible to have an abdominoplasty after pregnancy?
Before thinking about changing the silhouette, it is necessary to allow enough time for the body to recover from the great transformations brought about by pregnancy, which include the increase in belly volume and breasts, the accumulation of weight and fat, and hormonal changes.
When carrying the baby for nine months in the womb, women experience constant compression and progressive in organs such as the liver, kidneys, bladder, and heart, and they take about two months to return to their normal position.
In addition, the baby's first months demand a lot from the woman physically and emotionally, because even with a support network, breastfeeding and most of the care are still the responsibility of the woman, the that could make the necessary rest impossible.
Thus, it is necessary to wait at least six months after the end of breastfeeding, but the ideal is to wait between one to two years. The justification for waiting a long time is that, at that time, the child will already be walking, which reduces the need to pick them up.
Normal or cesarean delivery: nothing changes
Abdominoplasty after pregnancy is independent of the type of delivery. It can be performed in women who gave birth by normal delivery or by cesarean. What can change is the most suitable techniques, depending on the characteristics of each woman.
Abdominoplasty associated with liposuction and mastopexy
Abdominoplasty after pregnancy is indicated to correct sagging and excess skin that has formed in the belly region. For this, the surgeon repositions the muscles, giving very firm internal stitches, and removes excess skin below the navel, giving a new contour.
In cases where the woman has an accumulation of fat in the abdomen, it may be necessary to make a lipo-abdominoplasty, which includes liposuction to remove this excess. For a better result, waist and flanks can also be aspirated.
In addition, it is common to associate abdominoplasty and liposuction with mastopexy, which has as a goal to lift the breasts that were flaccid after pregnancy and breastfeeding. know more about the most suitable surgeries after delivery.
Recovery from abdominoplasty after pregnancy
Care adter the operation is the same as those who have recently given birth: avoid making an effort for two to four weeks, lifting no weight for 30 days, and using the compression belt for around a month.
However, following these precautions is much more complicated with the presence of a child, especially because, even when they are older, they continue to ask for and need their mother's lap. In this way, it is essential to have a good support network during this period.
Also, it is worth remembering that the patient will leave the hospital with a drain and that the navel stitches will usually be removed after 15 days (the remaining stitches do not need to be removed).
Abdominoplasty does not prevent women from having more children
The abdominoplasty is not an obstacle for a woman to have more children, as there are no changes in the reproductive system.
Have you ever had children? How was your body after pregnancy? Would you like to have some surgery plastic to recover your old silhouette?
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