Women who have experienced pregnancy know the toll it takes on their bodies. While some are able to watch their stretched-out skin and other tissues shrink back to their pre-baby contours, many women are faced with some sort of lingering after-effects, which is what makes a tummy tuck at Santa Monica's YOUnique Cosmetic Surgery so appealing.
Dr. Mark Youssef has worked with a variety of women, all of whom have voiced a desire to regain their pre-pregnancy bodies via tummy tuck. The surgery has a specific focus, in that it involves several elements that work together to make a true aesthetic difference by addressing the physical changes that happen to the skin and other abdominal tissues when they are stretched out. These changes are commonly caused by weight gain, but the growth and development of a baby can certainly create the same problems.
A tummy tuck is designed to address loose skin, lax muscles, and some excess fat. All of these conditions can be caused by a variety of factors, but all three are commonly associated with a post-pregnancy body.
As a baby grows inside, the skin above it stretches to accommodate the expansion. Hormone shifts and other biologic changes can trigger a related increase fat stores, causing the tummy area to bulge even more.
The growing baby can also cause the abdominal muscles to spread and weaken. While this may not appear to have much visual impact while the baby is inside, it can further compound a flabby look post-pregnancy, since lax muscles do little to hold together and prevent the appearance of a sagging gut.
Dr. Mark Youssef can use a tummy tuck to reverse all three effects of pregnancy, as necessary:
Note that while the skin excision may take some stretch marks with it, the tummy tuck itself will not erase any color changes or scars on the skin itself. Patients interested in learning more about what can be done to address superficial conditions on the skin remaining after a tummy tuck can talk to the YOUnique Cosmetic Surgery team to discover their options.