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Tummy Tuck After Pregnancy in Santa Monica

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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.

Talk to the staff at YOUnique Cosmetic Surgery to learn more about tummy tuck in Santa Monica and beyond. Call (310) 434-0044 or set up a consultation to speak with someone who can help.

What Pregnancy Does to Your Abdomen

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.

What a Tummy Tuck Can Do

Dr. Mark Youssef can use a tummy tuck to reverse all three effects of pregnancy, as necessary:

  • The abdominoplasty allows the surgeon an opportunity to suture separated muscles, creating a tighter, firmer wall and providing more structure and support for all of the tissues in the region.
  • Small pockets of excess, stubborn fat that refuse to disappear despite dieting and exercise in the months after giving birth can be removed via liposuction. While the fat-removal surgery is intended to remove greater concentrations of fat when performed alone, it can also be employed to great effect when paired with a tummy tuck.
  • Once the abdominal area has been sculpted into a pre-pregnancy shape, the skin there can be pulled snug to ensure a smooth, tight belly. This is the key component of a tummy tuck, since flattened contours remain invisible if hidden beneath a layer of baggy, loose skin. Once the skin is fixed in place, any stretched-out leftover skin is easily trimmed away.

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.

Dr. Mark Youssef is happy to help patients learn more about the advantages of a postpregnancy tummy tuck in Santa Monica. Contact the practice online or call (310) 434-0044 for additional information.
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Mark Youssef, MD

Mark Youssef, M.D.
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"Some doctors feel that cosmetic surgery is just a job; I'm not one of them. I take pride in my work as a surgical art."

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Younique Cosmetic Surgery 1551 Ocean Avenue Suite 200
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Call 310-434-0044

Dr. Mark Youssef offers breast augmentation, breast lift, rhinoplasty, liposuction, tummy tuck, face lift, and more surgical options to patients in the Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and Hollywood area. He also offers cosmetic dermatology care, including Botox®, Juvéderm®, Restylane®, chemical peels, and much more.

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