Tummy Tuck After Giving Birth

The birth of the ‘Mummy Tuck’ gave hope to newfound mums all over the world. Mums who previously took pride in their body suddenly found themselves with hanging loose skin, stretched and sagging after giving birth. Many of these mums tried in earnest to lose their weight and shift the excess to no avail. Unfortunately, many women simply reach a point of no return and find themselves at a standstill. But then, there was another option…

The first ever tummy tuck was performed in France by Dr. Demars and Dr. Marx back in 1880. Then by 1909, a doctor in Germany made use of vertical and horizontal flap excisions to preserve the belly button during the procedure. In today’s society, the modern tummy tuck removes large C-section scars and will tighten your abdominal muscles, as well as removing excess skin. You belly button is unaffected and scars are limited.

Let’s take a look at how a mummy tuck could enhance your life

A New Slimmer You:

The tummy tuck targets the protruding belly. Successful surgery leads to a flatter, tighter and more contoured looking stomach. The result? You end up with a more defined and smaller waist. The tummy tuck removes excess skin, and may also remove stretch marks or scars in the abdominal area. You will have tight stomach muscles all over again!

A New Perspective:

You’ve done that, now what else can you achieve? Your confidence is sky high and you are energised by what you see in the mirror. Your increased confidence is telling you to try new things.

But how long does a new mum need to wait before going under the knife?

Experts recommend waiting at least 6-12 months after giving birth. There are a number of reasons that need to be considered in order for a surgeon to give you the go-ahead. Take note ladies:

  • Pregnancy hormones affect the elasticity in the skin. Waiting 6-12 months will allow your body to return to its regular form!
  • There are increased risks of bleeding from the uterus within that 6-12 months.
  • Breast feeding keeps hormone levels higher than normal. If you are breastfeeding, then make sure you wait at least 3 months until you have stopped before going in for the procedure.
  • The deep layer is ripped and stretched. The stretching is mostly recovered by 6 months however the ripping is not. This is what the deep layer of the tummy tuck improves.
  • Your weight needs to have returned to a long term stable weight before this procedure can be carried out. Experts recommend getting to within 4-5 kilograms of your ideal weight before going in for the plunge. If you lose a significant amount of weight after having the abdominoplasty, then the physical results of the surgery can change.

But, as with any surgical procedure, be confident that this is something you really want to do.

There are always going to be complications and risks involved. Of course, these will be discussed with you during the consultation process. Complications could include blood clots, infection, prolonged healing time and bleeding. Smokers are at an increased risk due to blood clotting. You won’t be able to drive for at least 7-10 days and it’s recommended that you don’t work for 2-3 weeks to allow for sufficient recovery time. Most of the swelling is gone within 4 weeks.

You also need to be prepared to put some work in. In order for this procedure to have the most successful and dramatic results, we will need you to work with us and follow a diet/exercise program in the run up until the procedure. We do 50% of the work and the other half comes from you.

If you have any further questions regarding the tummy tuck procedure, call Refine Clinic on 1300 116 492 or make an appointment for a free consultation.