Undergoing a tummy tuck after pregnancy, along with adhering to a generally healthy lifestyle, can help restore your pre-baby body and boost your confidence – perhaps even enough to inspire you to don a two-piece swimsuit and hit the beach in the Tampa, FL, area. Tummy tucks are becoming increasingly popular among new moms, even those who might have previously shunned any thoughts of enhancing their bodies through surgery. That’s because the process of childbirth can sometimes leave a woman with separated abdominal muscles, which can occur even in women who are otherwise very fit. Known as diastasis recti, this common condition can cause the belly to bow unattractively outward.

While you might be inclined to simply avoid bathing suits and shroud your mirrors, these are not your only options for dealing with a post-pregnancy pooch. If you are within ten percent of your ideal body weight, a tummy tuck after pregnancy might help you achieve a slimmer profile with smoother contours in your midsection. Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Daniel Greenwald, who practices in Tampa, Florida, has successfully performed this type of surgery on women who experienced abdominal muscular laxity post-pregnancy.

When performing a tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Greenwald removes excess skin and fat and tightens the abdominal wall musculature to flatten and smooth the midsection. In general, the procedure involves:

  • Creating a horizontal incision between the hipbones, just above the pelvic area
  • Pulling down and removing excess skin
  • Tightening the abdominal muscles
  • Creating a second incision around the belly button, if necessary, to remove more skin and reposition the navel

A tummy tuck can potentially leave a broad scar on the lower abdomen, usually located just above the pubic area, which can typically be covered by a bathing suit bottom. Depending on your desired outcome, Dr. Greenwald can perform other procedures along with your tummy tuck, such as liposuction, to provide additional contouring.

A belly pooch needn’t be a fact of motherhood. To find out whether a tummy tuck after pregnancy might be right for you, contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery today at 888-840-3199. Dr. Greenwald is available to consult with prospective patients in his Tampa, FL, office, and he’ll be pleased to answer your questions and help you achieve your aesthetic goals.