Tummy Tuck Or Lipo After Giving Birth
Pregnancy is one of the most crucial times in a woman’s life. During this time, a number of hormonal changes occur in the body of a woman. These hormonal changes not only affect the mood and emotional status of the pregnant woman but also change her physically. The surges and recessions in different hormones can lead to a number of bodily changes, such as an increase in the weight of the patient, change in shape of the body, development of stubborn fat pockets in localized areas of the body, and increase in the size of the abdomen.
After childbirth, women often experience lower self-esteem because only then they realize how much their bodies have changed. They often desire to restore their pre-pregnancy body shape. During pregnancy, the abdomen stretches out. After childbirth, the abdomen becomes saggy and loose. If you have experienced multiple pregnancies, your abdominal skin may fail to recoil to its original position. Also, pregnancy may damage your abdominal wall muscles, which can further affect your aesthetic appearance.
What procedures to undergo after childbirth
There are a number of plastic surgery procedures you can use to restore your ore-pregnancy figure after childbirth. Which procedure is best for you depends on the aesthetic flaws in your body and your goals and desires. Two of the common plastic surgery procedures women mostly opt to undergo include tummy tuck and liposuction. In this article, we will discuss whether you need a tummy tuck or liposuction after childbirth. However, you should keep in mind that you may even need both procedures after childbirth.
Tummy tuck after giving birth
The tummy tuck is a very effective and common plastic surgery procedure among women who have experienced pregnancy and childbirth. Whether you should undergo tummy tuck depends on how pregnancy and childbirth have affected your aesthetic appearance.
The tummy tuck surgery is best for you if pregnancy and childbirth have made your abdomen saggy and hanging. If you have given birth to your first child, then you may not necessarily need a tummy tuck because chances are you are young and your skin is elastic enough to shrink to its original position after childbirth. However, if you have a genetic predisposition to saggy skin, your skin may not recoil to its original position even after your first or second pregnancy.
In most cases, it takes multiple pregnancies to make your abdomen saggy. However, if you are aged above 30 and experience pregnancy, your skin may become saggy and loose. It is not that only your abdominal skin becomes loose, multiple pregnancies can even damage your abdominal wall muscles.
The tummy tuck surgery is a very effective procedure to fix the aesthetic flaws introduced into your abdomen by pregnancy and childbirth. The procedure involves surgical excision of the excess, loose skin from your abdomen and repairing of the abdominal wall muscles. There are two tummy tuck types: mini tummy tuck and full tummy tuck. Which type is best for you will be determined by your plastic surgeon.
Also, there are different surgical techniques to perform the procedure. The surgical techniques will determine the extent, size, and profundity of the post-surgical scarring. You should, therefore, make sure to discuss with your plastic surgeon the surgical technique he plans to use.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia. The surgery starts with the placement of incision on your tummy, which is then followed with the skin removal. In the next step, the surgeon will repair and tighten your abdominal wall muscles if they have been damaged. If required, your belly button will be moved to a new position where it appears more youthful. The incision will then be closed and sutured.
After the tummy tuck, your abdomen will appear firmer, tighter, and toned. You will look like you have never experienced pregnancy. In other words, your pre-pregnancy abdomen will be restored to a greater degree. The aesthetic improvement in your abdomen will translate into an overall improvement in your body contour and anatomy.
As compared to other plastic surgery procedures, the tummy tuck entails more risks and potential complications because it involves skin excision from your body. The common risks involved in tummy tuck include excessive bleeding, seroma, infection, change in or loss of skin sensation, hematoma, tissue necrosis, poor wound healing, and unwelcoming scarring.
Recovery after tummy tuck can be a difficult experience for patients who do not follow the instructions provided by the surgeon. The recovery period can range from 2-4 weeks depending on your healing speed and quality. During this period, you would be required to avoid sleeping or resting on your abdomen. Instead, you should sleep and rest on your back and side.
Also, make sure to take sufficient rest and avoid physical activities during the recovery period. If your surgeon has prescribed you medications, be sure to take them according to the instructions. You may experience pain and discomforts in the first 24-72 hours following the surgery. This can be managed with pain relief medications.
Liposuction after giving birth
Liposuction is also a very common plastic surgery procedure used by women who experience pregnancy and childbirth. During pregnancy, your body undergoes a number of hormonal changes that trigger physical changes in your body. One of the common aesthetic problems women face during and after pregnancy is the development of stubborn fat pockets in different, local areas of the body. These fat pockets are highly resistant to diet and experience. In other words, diet and exercise won’t get your body rid of those ugly fat pockets.
The common body areas that develop fat pockets during pregnancy include the abdomen, sides, flanks, hips and butts, thighs, upper back, and love handles. After giving birth, the aesthetic flaws become very prominent. As a result, many women experience lower self-esteem. Fortunately, liposuction is a very effective and straightforward procedure to contour your post-pregnancy body by getting rid of the stubborn fat pockets.
Liposuction is performed under local anesthesia. It is an outpatient procedure, which means you may go home a few hours after the procedure if your health remains stable. The surgery starts with the placement of tiny incisions on the target areas. In order to make the procedure easy and less risky, the tumescent solution will be introduced into the target area. The tumescent solution is a mixture lidocaine, epinephrine, sodium bicarbonate. It not only keeps the bleeding at the minimum level but also acts as a local anesthesia, decreasing the discomforts during the surgery.
In the next step, a small, hollow tube called liposuction cannula will be inserted into the target area through the tiny incision. The cannula is connected to a suction pump. Under the traditional approach, the cannula is given back and forth motion to help dislodge the fat cells from the surrounding tissues. The dislodged fat is then suctioned out with the help of the suction pump.
There are also other modern ways to dislodge the fat from the tissues before removing them. These include the laser-assisted liposuction, power assisted liposuction and water assisted liposuction. The laser assisted liposuction uses laser rays to melt the fat cells before removing them. Hence, it does not require extricating the fat from the nearby tissues manually. In the last step, the incision is closed and sutured. The same process is repeated for all target areas.
After liposuction, your body will become contoured and aesthetically attractive. The removal of the fat pockets will enhance not only the operated areas but also your overall appearance. Some of the results of liposuction will be immediately visible after the surgery; however, full outcomes of the procedure will gradually transpire in the next few months.
There are many people who think liposuction is a weight loss method. This is an outright lie. Liposuction is not a weight loss method but a strict body contouring procedure. The fat removed from the body during liposuction does not account for substantial weight loss. The common risks involved in liposuction include seroma, bleeding, hematoma, change in or loss of skin sensation, infection, and poor healing.
Pregnancy is a powerful factor. It introduces a number of physical changes to a woman’s body. Two of the common aesthetic problems women face after pregnancy and childbirth are the development of saggy skin in the abdomen and appearance of fat pockets in different areas of the body. Tummy tuck and liposuction are two effective plastic surgery procedures that can be used to address these aesthetic issues.
Many women wonder whether they should go for tummy tuck or liposuction after giving birth. It is important to understand that both procedure address different aesthetic problems. If you have developed saggy abdomen as a result of pregnancy, you should go for a tummy tuck. On the other hand, if stubborn fat deposits have emerged in different areas of your body, liposuction can treat the condition.
In most cases, women who have experienced multiple pregnancies suffer from both of these conditions. If you are also having the same problem, you should consider a combo of liposuction and tummy tuck, which is often referred to as the Mommy Makeover.