Pregnancy is one of the most exciting and fulfilling times of a woman’s life. But, once they’ve welcomed their babies, many women find that their pre-pregnancy bodies are almost impossible to achieve. Even with proper diet and exercise, most women experience damage to the abdominal wall muscles and stretching of the skin around the stomach. This can result in sagging skin that doesn’t reflect the body’s frame.
Ideal for women with stubborn post-pregnancy pot belly, a tummy tuck with Dr. Chris Allen – also known as an abdominoplasty – helps you ditch the excess fat fast and return to your pre-pregnancy body with confidence.
Liposuction vs. Tummy Tucks
Liposuction removes only fatty deposits, while tummy tucks involve the removal of both excess skin and fat and tightens the stretched muscles. Tummy tucks are generally suggested as a post-pregnancy procedure to remove both excess fat and loose skin for the abdomen. For post-pregnancy women, tummy tucks are usually more effective in achieving a balanced body contour according to your frame.
What You Need to Know Before Surgery
When considering surgery, you need to set realistic expectations about what you want to achieve. Tummy tucks aid in removing excess skin and fat and tightens the muscles of the abdomen and cannot substitute diet and exercise when it comes to total body weight loss.
Before you decide on a tummy tuck, an initial consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon is required. Your surgeon will take a detailed medical history and perform a physical exam to determine if surgery is right for you. Before going ahead, you’re required to understand and accept that there are risks involved and that results vary from person to person.
Is the Procedure Safe?
Tummy tucks are relatively common and routine procedures performed by experienced and specialised plastic surgeons. While all surgical procedures carry risk, as outlined by your plastic surgeon in your initial consultation, complications are uncommon. The procedure is carried out under general anaesthesia with the aid of a specialist anaesthetist.
Is it Painful?
As tummy tucks are completed under general anaesthesia, you won’t feel a thing during your surgery. Once awake and in recovery, you may experience some discomfort and swelling. A normal part of recovery, pain and discomfort can be easily managed with pain medication and by following the postoperative instructions given to you by your surgeon.
Are There Any Downsides?
As with all surgeries, there are risks involved. Dr. Chris Allen goes through your medical history to discuss whether you’re a good candidate for surgery and how risks may impact you.
During the procedure, an incision is made below the bikini line. This results in a minor scar that is generally covered by clothing, undergarments and swimwear. While scarring is unnoticeable for many, it should be considered when making a decision.
After a tummy tuck, some pain, discomfort and swelling in recovery is normal and expected. This can be easily managed with painkillers if necessary.
Find Out More About Tummy Tucks and Body Contouring
Dr. Chris Allen and his team of body contouring experts repair abdominal wall tissues and remove loose skin to allow your body to accurately reflect your healthy weight range. As Perth’s experienced plastic surgeons, we work with you to set realistic expectations and results for your surgery. All tummy tuck cosmetic procedures are completed under a general anaesthetic for your comfort.
Find out more about how tummy tucks can help you minimise excess skin and stomach weight after pregnancy. Contact us on (08) 9382 4811 to book your initial consultation.