Even though you can’t control how others react to your choices, it’s extremely important that you are confident about having a tummy tuck. We reassure our patients that pregnancy can take a toll that no amount of exercise or diet can reverse. And we talk candidly with each woman about how it’s okay and important to feel good in their own body.
I truly want our patients to make choices they’re comfortable with. Our advice is meant to help women understand that it’s perfectly fine to take care of themselves and that the confidence they gain from their newly sculpted bodies will far outweigh any negative feedback they may receive.
4 Great Reasons To Get a Tummy Tuck
Not only can a tummy tuck create a flatter stomach by removing excess skin, but it also produces medical benefits for women who have had children. Patients who lead active lifestyles, spend hours exercising, and eat a healthy diet can still find themselves with excess abdominal skin and separated stomach muscles.
In addition to producing cosmetic results, tummy tuck surgery offers many benefits.
1. Repair Abdominal Muscles
Anyone who believes that getting a tummy tuck is for women who don’t do enough crunches or eat too many snacks doesn’t understand that some post-pregnancy changes can only be corrected with surgery.
Pregnancy can cause the abdominal muscles to become weakened or separated. This condition, called diastasis recti, can lead to a belly pooch that no amount of diet and exercise can address. Your plastic surgeon can repair these muscles during a tummy tuck to give you a stronger, flatter abdomen.
2. Minimize Urinary Incontinence
If you’re worried about sneezing, coughing, or jumping, you’re not alone. Many women experience stress urinary incontinence after pregnancy. A 2018 study found that women who have had tummy tuck surgery also experienced improved bladder control. Some researchers believe this may be due to the strengthening of the abdominal muscles, which provide better support.
3. Improve Lower Back Pain
An unexpected but welcome benefit of a tummy tuck is that it may ease the lower back pain many women experience after pregnancy. The same study that found women had less stress urinary incontinence after tummy tuck surgery discovered that women reported less back pain as well. This may also be a result of the abdominal repair performed during tummy tuck surgery.
4. Restore Your Body Confidence
It’s not unusual for patients to tell us during their consultation that they feel so insecure about their bodies that they won’t get undressed in front of their partners with the lights on. And it’s challenging to feel your best while playing with your kids or being active when you have a belly pooch or excess skin around your midsection. A tummy tuck removes the loose, excess skin and creates a trimmer abdomen, helping you to feel better in your body.
Getting a tummy tuck or a Mommy Makeover that includes cosmetic breast surgery is a choice made to regain confidence and feel sexy again. You can learn more about how long you should wait after pregnancy to get a tummy tuck in our related blog post.
The Bottom Line
Women who have children are used to sacrificing their own needs for their families. That’s completely understandable, and most moms do it without thinking twice. But feeling good about yourself is also important, and wanting to feel confident in a bikini or tight dress isn’t something to be ashamed of.
Having a good support system at home is important for plastic surgery patients, but in our considerable experience, we’ve learned from our patients that it doesn’t really matter what others think about their choice to look and feel better. Take a look at some of our patients’ tummy tuck before and after pictures so see how beautifully the procedure can contour the body.
If you’ve been thinking about getting a tummy tuck or Mommy Makeover in the Baton Rouge area, contact us using the online form or call us at (225) 399-0001 (Baton Rouge), (985) 902-7770 (Hammond), or (225) 900-7002 (Denham Springs) to schedule an appointment.