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What Is The Mommy Tuck – And Should I Get It?

Am I a Good Candidate For a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tucks were once considered a procedure that only Hollywood A-list mothers could afford. This is not the case any more.

The amount of tummy tucks taking place in the United States increased by more than 400% between 1997 and 2016, and a significant portion of those going under the knife are new mothers. The procedure has become so popular it has been nicknamed ‘The Mommy Tuck’.

It seems that modern-day mothers aren’t prepared for the havoc that giving birth causes on their body. Many see the A-listers in perfect shape months after having a child and think they can achieve the same. Sadly, without the world’s best personal trainers at your fingertips, it’s not always possible. Gaining a significant amount weight while pregnant, followed by extreme postnatal weight loss can leave folds of loose skin that no amount of exercise can hide. This can have a detrimental effect on women’s confidence and their sex drive, at a time when stress levels are already likely to be higher than ever before.  

Luckily, the average cost of a tummy tuck is now just $5,798, according to 2016 data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. It means the average Mom can potentially look forward to regaining her pre-pregnancy body.

How Does The Procedure Work?

If you’re interested in a tummy tuck, the first step is to select a cosmetic surgeon. It’s worth searching online for a surgeon with plenty of good reviews.  

You’ll book an examination for a surgeon, who will ask some questions about your medical history and assess what type of tummy tuck might be most effective for you. It is common that the surgeon will recommend liposuction in other areas of your body to ensure you maintain an aesthetically balance shape. The procedure may involve a tightening of the abdominal muscles too.    

The operation will take place under general anaesthetic and typically takes between 90 minutes and two hours. It involves the surgeon making an incision and removing any excess fat and skin causes by your birth. You will be left with a scar from the incision at the bottom of your tummy.

The recovery period isn’t as long as with some cosmetic procedures. It’s likely you’ll need to rest up for between 3-5 days, and you may experience mild to moderate pain during this time. However, you should be able to go about your day-to-day life afterwards, and engage in sports and strenuous exercise after around six weeks. There may be lots of swelling during this time, which could require a support garment in place.

When Can I Get a Mommy Tuck?

Most surgeons will make mothers wait a significant amount of time after childbirth before booking a tummy tuck operation.

There is a higher risk of infection in the months immediately after pregnancy, plus hormonal changes might make changes to the body which can fix themselves after six months to a year.

Typically, surgeons won’t operate on new mothers until they have finished breastfeeding. This could be between six months to a year after the baby is born. It’s recommended to do as much as exercise as you can during this time.  

It should also be considered that post-natal depression can have a dramatic impact on a woman’s self-perception. Their expectations of their post-natal body, both before and after surgery, will have to be managed carefully by the surgeon.   

Having said that, these operations have given a new lease of life to thousands of women across the globe, allowing them to retain the confidence they had before pregnancy savaged their body.

Mothers are the biggest heroes in the world. It’s fantastic that they have the option to fix their body if they are feeling self-conscious about the way they look.  

Learn more about the tummy tuck and other cosmetic surgery options. Contact the Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery today!