Attitudes vary, but surgery is the last event most would volunteer for. Women without children wouldn’t go for it, why should they? Their abdomen hasn’t been s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d o-u-t beyond its limits yet, so it’s still flat and easily toned. Many shrink back magically after baby (or babies, or even twins), and many do not. As it turns out, no amount of Medifast, Weight Watchers, South Beach Diet, pilates, yoga, sit-ups, running, weight lifting, or Greco-Roman wrestling will tighten the abdominal wall that has irreversibly expanded during pregnancy, or remove loose skin stretched by your quickly growing child before he/she departed from your womb. While surgery ALWAYS takes a back seat to healthy living habits such as fitness and dietary moderation, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a great way to improve proportions, fit into more trim styles, and restore somebody confidence if you don’t like what’s become of your mid-section after baby.
A bit of advice: Before proceeding, be reasonably sure that future pregnancy (pregnancies) are unlikely. If it happens, the pregnancy goes well, but you may lose some of your results. Smokers, poorly controlled diabetics, and the obese are not good candidates for a tummy tuck. You will need about two weeks off (from work and child care responsibilities) to recover following a typical tummy tuck, and even after that, your capacity for physically strenuous exercise returns slowly over several months. Seek a board-certified plastic surgeon for the procedure. Consulting with more than one if possible helps you become a more informed consumer and a better-prepared patient. See the results of the doctor (our before and after tummy tuck gallery) to understand what type of result you should expect. Ask questions, and expect frank answers with regard to such issues as scar size and location, complication rates, and accreditation of the surgery center or office surgical suite. If your surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, you like his or her results on other women, and your intuition is that you trust the doctor, you are likely safe to proceed. The vast majority of women are very pleased with the lifelong result of contemporary abdominoplasty.