Becoming a mother can take a toll on your body, especially the tummy area. Among the many changes, Diastasis Recti, a condition where the abdominal muscles separate, can leave many new mums longing for their pre-pregnancy tummy.
Thankfully, there are ways to address your post pregnancy tummy and get back a toned, tight abdomen. Here, we’ll look at some of the best procedures like abdominoplasty and tummy tucks, to help tighten and reshape the abdomen.
What is Diastasis Recti?
Diastasis recti refers to the separation of abdominal muscles. Though it can occur in anyone, including weightlifters, it’s most common in pregnant women as the tummy expands to accommodate the growing baby.
It’s normal for the abdominal muscles to stretch during pregnancy, but they sometimes fail to return to their original state post-delivery. This separation is caused by the widening of the Linea alba – a connective tissue that might weaken the muscles, and in severe cases, cause a hernia.
When the muscles don’t naturally snap back together after childbirth, it’s a good idea to seek treatment. In instances where the separation is extensive, surgery might be necessary. Typically, diastasis recti begins to resolve itself within 6-12 weeks postpartum. But if things do not resolve, cosmetic surgery can help.
Best Post Pregnancy Tummy Procedures
If your abdominal muscles and skin don’t revert to their original state after childbirth, cosmetic procedures can be an effective solution. Two popular procedures to address post pregnancy tummy issues are abdominoplasty and tummy tucks. Let’s explore both options to help you understand what the best choice for you might be.
Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that involves removing excess skin and fat from the abdomen. It also includes the repair of separated abdominal muscles, which is common after pregnancy.
This procedure is effective in creating a smoother and firmer abdominal profile. It’s important to note that an abdominoplasty is not a substitute for weight loss or an exercise program.
Tummy tucks are often mistaken as the same as abdominoplasty, but there are slight differences. A tummy tuck primarily focuses on removing excess skin in the abdominal area, while abdominoplasty also involves muscle repair.
There are different types of tummy tucks, including mini-tummy tucks that focus on the lower abdomen, and full tummy tucks that reshape the entire abdominal area. They are best for those who have excess skin caused by pregnancy, or who have experienced significant weight loss.
Like abdominoplasty, it’s essential to have a consultation with a surgeon to determine if a tummy tuck is a suitable option for you.
To determine which procedure you should undergo to address your post pregnancy tummy, schedule a consultation with Mr Paul Tulley.