Women these days are bombarded by pictures of various celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Britney Spears, who regained their pre-pregnancy figures within a month of delivery. It is no wonder that pregnant women, inspired by these celebrities, go on a diet or start exercising within days of delivery. Some women may even opt for a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty. As far as losing the stubborn abdominal fat and toning the abdominal muscles after a cesarean or C-section is concerned, women should keep in mind that they should not resort to anything, be it a strenuous exercise routine or a tummy tuck, which could unnecessarily put pressure on their body before it has fully recovered. Here are some suggestions for woman who are considering a tummy tuck after C-section.
Pregnancy Recovery Period
A woman who has had a cesarean, has a scar above the pubis area. Before thinking about having a tummy tuck, give some time for the scar to heal. Also, the body of a woman undergoes hormonal changes during pregnancy and might need some time to recover. The recovery period recommended by most doctors is between seven to eight weeks. Not only for a tummy tuck procedure, but also to start any exercise routine after a C-section, a recovery time of around eight weeks should be given to the body, although light aerobic exercises can be undertaken to keep the body fit.
Caring for the Baby
It takes a number of days to recover from a C-section. On top of that, if you are thinking about a tummy tuck right after this, you might be bed ridden for an even longer period. After you give birth to a child, it is very important that you are there for the baby, providing him with care and love. Opting for two operations, one after another, can be very tiring for you and you might not be able to care for your baby. Once you have fully recovered and it's been more than two months since your C-section, you can begin an exercise routine to lose belly fat and overall body weight. You may even opt for an abdominoplasty after this necessary recovery period.
Tummy Tuck Procedure
An incision is made above the pubic area, which stretches from one hip to another. Another incision is made by the surgeon to detach the navel from the surrounding skin. After the incisions have been made, the skin and the abdominal wall are separated. This helps in revealing the muscles and the fascia that needs to be tightened. For tightening of the muscles and fascia, sutures are used. Also the excess skin and fat is removed from the abdomen. After both these procedures are completed, the area is closed. The surgeon makes a new hole, and the belly button stalk is then brought out through this hole . The belly button stalk is afterward sutured in a new area on the abdomen. After the surgery is complete, the wounds are subjected to a dressing so that they can heal.
Benefits of Tummy Tuck
Here are a few benefits of a tummy tuck procedure.
- It will remove the excessive fatty tissues accumulated on the abdomen.
- It will tone-up the sagging abdomen muscles caused due to pregnancy
- The woman gets rid of the unsightly scar that is developed after a C-section.
Thus, tummy tuck can be quite beneficial for a woman, only if it is carried out after the woman has totally recovered from her C-section. It helps the woman regain her pre-pregnancy figure, thus helping her in getting her self-confidence back.