For obvious reasons, the most apparent physical changes brought on by pregnancy occur in the abdominal area. When carrying a child, the abdominal muscles typically become stretched and pulled apart. After delivery, it is difficult for many women to achieve a flatter, more toned-looking stomach even if they undertake rigorous diet and exercise routines. Additionally, fat deposits can accumulate in the midsection and other areas of the body during and after pregnancy that do not respond well to exercise and diet programs. These issues can be effectively treated with abdominal surgery or liposuction procedures. In fact, they are some of the most commonly performed procedures in a Mommy Makeover, and can help restore your pre-pregnancy figure.
Please contact Dr. Tom Lintner to schedule a consultation for procedures that can help you restore the look of your tummy as part of a mommy makeover.
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For so many moms, the abdomen is such a bone of contention. There are several procedures that we can do that help recontour your abdomen. The first procedure, called a panniculectomy (or pannic) for short addresses excess skin and fat only. An incision is made low on your abdomen, and usually can be hidden with a boy short or moderate coverage bikini bottom, the skin and fat from the incision to the belly button is removed, the skin between the belly button and breasts is redrapped over the entire abdomen. The belly button is then reattached to the skin in the same location and the wounds are closed.
Some women generally those who have had multiple pregnancies in a short period of time, there is weakness in the fascia (the tissue that envelopes the muscle and gives is strength and form) that can not be repaired with sit ups. An abdominoplasty is the procedure that restores a better shape to the muscles and allows for a flatter more pleasing tummy. We expose the abdominal muscles (rectus abdominus) mark the defect and over sew it with whats called a Shouldice type repair. A less technical explanation is the repair resembles a corset lacing, pulled very tightly. We only repair what needs repairing so if you only have a defect in part of your muscles, we take care of that, conversely, if the entire muscle fascia is weak, that is what is repaired. Very few women need a full abdominoplasty. A tummy tuck, in the truest definition of the word is a full panniculectomy with a full abdominoplasty. Again, most people don’t need all of both. A forth option for those who have very little skin and fat but have muscle weakness is what we call a modified abdominoplasty. Through an incision slightly longer than a c-section incision, we repair the muscle defect removing only minimal skin. The naval is elevated from underneath and then reattached with no external skin incision. A better way to understand this procedure is if you were trying to straighten out your sheets from the foot of your bed with out taking off the comforter. Not many women are candidates for this procedure, but for those who are it is a wonderful way to get that pre-baby tummy back.
After abdominal surgery, recovery typically takes about one to two weeks before you are feeling mostly back to normal with activity restrictions lasting anywhere from 6-8 weeks. These procedures require drains for anywhere from one to three to sometimes four weeks and it is patient dependent. Drains are never meant to be punitive but to help you heal better. Specific recovery information which will depend on how many other procedures are involved in your mommy makeover. Dr. Lintner will go over all aspects of your procedure and your recovery with you at your initial consultation.
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Liposuction is one of the most popular surgical cosmetic enhancement treatments available, and it is often an ideal procedure to add to your mommy makeover. During pregnancy and once you start raising your children, it’s not uncommon for localized fat deposits to appear in a variety of body regions. This pockets of excess fat can be very stubborn, and may not respond to traditional diet and exercise methods. Dr. Tom Lintner utilizes state-of-the-art liposuction techniques to remove excess fat from body areas including:
For the tummy region, Dr. Lintner can perform abdominal liposculpture if the problem is mainly excess fat deposits, as opposed to loose extra skin. The procedure involves the removal of fat cells with the use of long thin rods called cannulas. The cannulas are slowly moved back and forth under the skin, suctioning out the extra fat and giving the area a newly contoured look. Liposuction can make skin with stretch marks look much worse because the skin can not retract with removal of the fat. Liposuction is also not a cure all for cellulite and can sometimes may that appear worse as well. Sometimes when Dr. Lintner suggests a skin removal procedure, he may also recommend liposuction to improve the contour of those areas treated with skin removal. Although it is easy to see your new contour very quickly after surgery, this procedure takes weeks to get your final result.
Liposuction can work wonders for restoring an array of body areas to your pre-pregnancy physique.
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