Motherhood is an exciting prospect to most women everywhere. Giving life to a new little human is incredibly exciting. A great deal of changes happen in a woman’s body between conception and childbirth. Physical, hormonal and psychological changes occur. It’s quite the ride. To most women, the physical changes on the body disappear shortly after childbirth. To others, the hassle around trying to regain a nice flat tummy is very difficult. Luckily, modern day medicine offers corrective cosmetic surgeries that re-contour and restore a woman’s tummy to it pre pregnancy state. It is worth noting however, that tummy tucks are not specifically just for mommies. There’s plenty of other reasons people seek abdominoplasty procedures besides the mommy tummy. This article looks at persons who can generally be considered potential candidates for tummy tucking surgical procedures and the various causes of a less than desirable tummy or mid-section.
It is normal to have a loose tummy after childbirth. This is attributed to a condition known as diastasis recti. During pregnancy, the space between the left and the right abdominal muscle widens. This physiological change is fairly common and is explained by the pressure exerted on the belly by the pregnancy. After giving birth, two thirds of women report a persistent mommy “pooch” that won’t go away even with significant diet changes and rigorous exercise routines.
Diastasis Recti in women is known cause lower back pains, urine leaking and even constipation. Abdominoplasty in this case is necessary to repair the separated muscle. This condition causes a woman to appear pregnant long after delivery. In men, diastasis recti is caused by improper techniques while lifting weights causing the abdominal muscle gap to enlarge. Yo-yo dieting which is described as the successive weight loss and gain cycle, also contributes to a big tummy in men. While getting rid of all your mirrors would be one method of approaching the problem of an oversized tummy (good luck with that!), abdominoplasty is generally favored.
Tummy tuck surgeries also performed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal region. It is important to note that tummy tuck surgeries are in no way a replacement to exercising and healthy dieting. Before going under the knife, patients are advised to exploit other avenues leaving abdominoplasty for last bearing in mind that it is a major surgical operation contrary to popular belief. A liposuction is an alternative method that removes excess fat from specific body regions improving contours.
A liposuction mainly focuses on localized fat deposits in areas such as the thighs, cheeks, neck and chin, the buttocks and hips, waist and the back. Similar to tummy tucks, liposuction procedures are NOT a replacement for proper eating habits and exercise and isn’t treatment for obesity. This procedure can be performed alongside other cosmetic surgery procedures such as tummy tucks and breast reduction surgeries.
Different individuals have different motivations to seek out tummy tuck operations. The most common reason out there is loose or saggy skin. Unlike in new moms where the operation is necessary to repair weak abdominal muscle, the effects of weight loss coupled with several other factors deem this procedure necessary.
Abdominoplasty procedures are also carried out to enhance or change the overall appearance of an individual’s belly button. This procedure is termed as an Umbilicoplasty. In some instances, the surgeons create a new belly button depending on how much skin is removed. This procedure may accompany a tummy tuck or performed alone. Factors such as a person’s genetics or pregnancy heavily affect an individual’s looks as far as the mid-section is concerned.
In conclusion, tummy tuck procedures can be performed for a variety of reasons other than a post pregnancy belly. In this age where people pay extra attention to their looks, cosmetic surgeries are on the constant rise. Human bodies react unpredictably to various physical, hormonal or dietary factors depending on the individual. If you’re not content with your current tummy or waistline, do something about it. Go get a tummy tuck, they’re not just for moms.
Dr. Gregory H. Croll is the owner of his own practice, and the leading doctor for tummy tucks in Columbia, MO.