Statistics have indicated that as many as 1 in 3 women give birth via C-section. This birthing method may be selected for various reasons, or it may come as a surprise resulting from a complication during delivery. Whether expected or not, the average cesarean section does leave a mark that many women wish to erase at some point. The prevalence of Mommy Makeovers is evidence of the strong desire to regain confidence in the female form, even after the miracle of birth. When a C-section has been performed, abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, may be of particular interest to the new mother.
Abdominoplasty is the aspect of a Mommy Makeover that addresses the issue of laxity along the abdominal wall. A C-section is not necessarily the only reason why the muscle structure may be altered. Many women suffer severe drooping simply because the muscles and connective tissue across the midsection have been stretched badly during pregnancy. The only way to fully contract tissue with to do so mechanically or, more specifically, surgically.
If you have had a C-section and are now considering a tummy tuck, there are just a few things you should know . . .
- Your body may need some extra time to recuperate. C-sections cut through abdominal and uterine tissue. Though meticulously performed, incisions are a type of trauma to the body. This is why cesareans are considered major abdominal surgery. For the body to get back into optimal condition for healing from a secondary surgery may take up to twelve months.
- You don’t necessarily have to wait. There are a few things you can do to prepare yourself for the prospect of tummy tuck surgery. One is to eat well and exercise appropriately to support your post-delivery recovery. The side-benefit to developing healthy habits is that your body will bounce back more quickly regarding shapeliness, which in turn increases your self-esteem. Another thing you can do is contact a cosmetic surgeon to discuss your interest in abdominoplasty. We are happy to schedule an appointment for you in our Williamsburg office.
- Patience makes a great patient. We are empathetic to your desire for cosmetic improvement after a C-section. To reduce scarring and abdominal laxity can feel like regaining control over your own body. However, there is no benefit to rushing the process. There is also no way to do this. Pushing for too-few dietary calories and too many workouts may only set you back on your journey to your goal.
When your body is ready, we are here to help you. Call Williamsburg Plastic Surgery at (757) 345-2275.