After giving birth, some women feel self-conscious about the effects of pregnancy on their bodies. The areas most commonly affected are the breasts and abdomen.
During gestation and breastfeeding, the breast size increases but after, it may decrease — causing flaccidity with excess skin. The abdomen also increases, which causes skin distention and damages the rectus abdominis muscle. Once the uterus returns to its normal size, the abdomen may or may not return to its original shape. This can give the abdomen a protruding and flaccid appearance.
These changes can be treated in conjunction with postpartum plastic surgery.
Am I a candidate for this procedure?
Postpartum surgery may be recommended for patients who desire to eliminate excess skin in various regions of the body caused by postpartum weight loss. There is no age requirement for this procedure. It is important to discuss with your doctor the size and positioning of the scars.
The postpartum surgery is not a standard or unique procedure. During the consultation, the patient should express her desired outcome and discuss with the surgeon the best sequence of procedures. It is important to avoid procedures that may increase the chance of surgical risks, such as procedures that are too long and procedures that cause high blood loss.
Depending on which postpartum procedure you choose, your surgeon will give you specific instructions and an individualized postoperative guideline. It is important to note that there may be a need for more than one procedure to achieve the desired result.
How long will my results last?
It is not possible to predict the durability of a postpartum surgery result. The result will depend on several individual factors, which varies from patient to patient. For example: genetic factors, lifestyle, and skin care.
The combination of dermatological procedures and proper skin care is important to maintain post-surgery results.