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By Philip J. Straka

Tummy Tuck Patient Case #1- Dr. StrakaBeing a mom can make you feel a lot of things: fulfilled, tired, content, frustrated. One thing you shouldn’t be feeling is self-conscious, yet many moms do. The dramatic changes your body goes through during pregnancy can leave you with a new figure that doesn’t feel like you. No matter how hard you try using diet and exercise, you can’t seem to restore your pre-baby shape. Instead of feeling guilty or frustrated that your body has changed, take charge and reclaim your physique. Tummy tuck surgery can treat the common postpartum issues many moms face when trying to restore the attractive and toned contours of your body.

Remove Excess Skin

Flabby excess skin is common after pregnancy and is the result of the rapid expansion of your belly. Skin laxity cannot be treated through diet and exercise. It is not a health issue, but a structural issue of the skin, which has lost its elastic quality. With a tummy tuck, we can trim away unwanted belly skin, restoring a firmer abdominal contour.

Tighten Your Pooch

Laxity of the connective muscle fibers can lead to what we commonly refer to as the “belly pooch.” In more moderate to severe cases, you may have developed diastasis recti, which is abdominal separation. While strength training exercises can restore tone to the muscles, it cannot revive tightness in the connective fibers. With a tummy tuck, we can use a corset technique that stitches the abdominal muscles together, creating a toned and defined core.

Say Goodbye to Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are entirely natural. But instead of small, faded marks that are often associated with growth or minor weight gain, post-pregnancy stretch marks can be severe and may make you feel self-conscious. They can appear purple or red, covering your belly, hips, and back. During tummy tuck surgery, we remove the skin that has stretch marks, effectively erasing them from your body. However, the reduction in the appearance of your stretch marks will vary depending on the amount and location of the skin that is removed.

Eliminate Excess Fat

Changes in hormones can cause a change in your fat storing habits, and you may suddenly have fat deposits in locations you didn’t have before pregnancy. You can choose to combine liposuction with your tummy tuck to eliminate excess fat and enhance the definition and contours of your body.
For more information on how you can benefit from a tummy tuck call 281.540.8044.