Multiple pregnancies, weight change, and aging can dramatically impact the appearance of your midsection. As a mother of three,
Dr. Fisher is personally familiar with the effects of pregnancy on a woman’s body.
Carrying a growing baby stretches your abdominal tissues, often leaving behind sagging skin, stretch marks, and a protruding belly due to a permanently loosened abdominal wall. In the last trimester the rectus abdominis, or “six-pack” muscles, widely separate and the fascia between them stretches. After pregnancy, the paired rectus abdominis muscles move back toward the midline, and the gap between them narrows. In some cases this fascial gap remains visibly wide, causing a rectus diastasis bulge in the belly.
No amount of postpartum diet and exercise can fully restore a taut, pre-pregnancy abdomen. An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, can greatly help.
To perform an abdominoplasty, Dr. Fisher will place a horizontal incision very low on your abdomen, where it is concealed by your bathing suit or underwear. Your surgeon then removes all of the excess skin and tightens the underlying six-pack muscles with permanent sutures. During the procedure, she can also liposuction excess fat deposits in the abdominal and hip area, restoring your body’s natural curves.
Any surgery results in a scar along the incision. While the length of this incision will depend on how much skin needs to be removed, the position and prominence of the scar depends on the skill and experience of the surgeon, as well as other factors such as skin type and genetics. During your consultation, Dr. Fisher will discuss what results you can expect after your procedure.
Patients who have an abdominoplasty may choose to stay overnight in the hospital. Typically patients take two weeks off work to recover and wear a compression garment for four to six weeks. You can return to a light exercise routine after two weeks, light weights and low impact aerobics such as elliptical or swimming after four weeks, and abdominal crunches after six weeks. There will be some swelling in the first month after surgery, but it should completely subside within three months.
Many women choose to combine a tummy tuck with liposuction and a breast lift or breast augmentation. This is often referred to as a “Mommy Makeover.” Dr. Fisher prefers to think of this combination of procedures as “post-maternity reconstructive surgery,” because it restores both the form and function of a woman’s body. Your surgeon will discuss your goals and create a customized plan to safely achieve your desired results.
To find out more about abdominoplasty, liposuction, or any other procedure, call our office to schedule a consultation.