Summary: Mum with a saggy tum? Here’s what’s involved in a tummy tuck, and what it can do for your body.
Droopy, fatty, stretch-marky belly after your babies? It’s time to reclaim your body!
How come my belly hasn’t bounced back into shape like other mums?
Unfortunately, we all recover differently from pregnancy. What the process is like for one mum is different for another. While some mums may get their enviable bodies back quickly, others are left with more skin and weight in the abdominal region that simply won’t shift. This is due to a number of things, like genetics, your health before the baby came, and how much weight you gained during pregnancy.
When should I consider surgery?
If you are uncomfortable with the way your lower stomach looks after having a baby, then you might be considering surgery. It’s recommended you wait until you’ve had all your babies, your weight loss has plateaued, and you have enough time to take it easy after the surgery is complete – e.g. if you have full care of a two year old then you will need someone else to look after them while you recover.
What is involved in a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck involves removing the extra skin that hangs down over your underwear line, and oftentimes liposuction to, that removes excess fat that remains in the area. It pulls in the bulge so that you will be left with a relatively flat stomach. The amount of skin removed usually takes away all of the stretch marks that may appear on the belly too.
Are there other surgeries it is combined with?
Sure! Many women also combine a tummy tuck with either an upper thigh lift, or a breast lift and/or breast implants, depending on the current and desired look of their bodies. The “mummy makeover” is a combination of surgeries that mums undergo to return them to their pre-baby bodies.
Will there be a scar?
Yes, there will be a scar following surgery, but it can be minimised by treating it well and following doctor’s orders. The scar is usually placed just underneath the underwear line, and so no one else will be able to notice, say for example, if you are in a bikini at the beach.
If you are going for an extended tummy tuck that includes an upper thigh lift, there will be some scarring in the groin region also.
What’s the recovery like?
While you may be used to looking after everyone else all the time, following your surgery you have to be comfortable with others doing (almost) everything for you, to reduce the risk of post-op complications occurring.
A recovery time of around four weeks until you start back at your regular activities is suggested, and you will be fairly immobile for around 2 weeks of this time. Don’t try to do too much. Make sure that you have a great support person (or even better, multiple support people) around for this time period.
How do I find a good tummy tuck surgeon?
Without a good surgeon, you can wind up with some shonky results, or even infections. You run the risk of having to return for revision surgeries if you end up with the wrong results, which makes things that much more difficult – and costly!
Finding a good surgeon is like hunting down the perfect little black dress. It takes time and effort, but once you’ve found it, then you’ll be over the moon and it will last a lifetime.
So, firstly, you will want to ensure that your surgeon is a qualified FRACS, with years of experience in performing tummy tucks on other women who have had babies – it makes sense right!? Secondly, you will want to check out all their before and after pictures to ensure the results actually look good.
Thirdly, you will want to choose someone that you feel comfortable with. Any surgeon trying to rush you into a decision or ignoring questions that you ask is likely to lead to disaster. Choose someone that you trust so that the process will run smoothly.
Dr. Bernard Beldholm M.B.B.S., B.Sc(Med), FRACS is an experienced cosmetic surgeon in Hunter Valley area. It is the combination of Dr. Bernard Beldholm’s commitment to continual improvement of his craft and his insatiable thirst for knowledge that has him currently standing as one of the most well-educated cosmetic surgery specialists on the continent.