Many women can successfully prevent abdominal stretch marks that occur from pregnancy by applying topical creams, while a select few do not get stretch marks at all because of their genetics. Other undesirable physical outcomes of pregnancy, however, are even more unpredictable and are actually impossible to prevent. Fluctuation in breast size can cause volume loss and sagging, and the expanding belly leaves behind unwanted girth in the midsection.
One of the main complaints among women is the all-too-common “postpartum pooch,” which is characterized by protruding excess fat and/or loose skin on the lower abdomen. Many women seek liposuction to remedy this area, but another procedure may better serve your unique anatomy and goals. Dr. Messa will help you determine the ideal treatment for your concern, but in the meantime, here are some of the treatments that can meet your needs based on a few considerations.
Do You Have Excess Fat?
Liposuction is the only procedure that can solely target excess fat. If you can pinch at least an inch of fat on your lower abdomen, you may be a candidate for liposuction alone. However, if you have poor skin elasticity, liposuction can reduce inches from the area, but it may give a crepey appearance to the skin.
Do You Have Excess Skin and Stretch Marks?
If you have noticeably sagging skin in the area, only a tummy tuck can remove it. The procedure can be customized based on the amount of skin to be removed. A mini tummy tuck will address the lower abdomen and remove any stretch marks if they fall on the skin that is to be removed.
Do You Have Full Abdominal Protrusion?
If your entire abdomen is protruding or you have separated or weakened abdominal muscles, a full tummy tuck is the only procedure that will tighten the underlying structures. Liposuction is also often combined with a full tummy tuck for optimal results.
Do You Have Other Concerns?
If you are concerned about the appearance of multiple areas of your body, the Mommy Makeover procedure combines a few different cosmetic procedures that are customized to meet your needs. Typically, women choose any combination of breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction, and tummy tuck surgery.
If you would like to improve the appearance of your abdomen with either liposuction or a tummy tuck, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Messa today by calling (954) 659-7760. You may also fill out our online contact form for more information.