tummyteaserHaving a child is undeniably one of life’s greatest blessings. Pregnancy changes a mother’s life in so many ways, and most of those ways are for the better. Pregnancy also brings about many different changes to the body – hormonal changes and physical stress can affect the elasticity and harmony of the skin causing stretching and breakouts, fat redistribution, separation and stretching of muscle fibers and excess fat and skin hanging in the abdominal area.

Usually during pregnancy, the fibrous connective tissue between the abdominal muscles stretches out. This condition is called Diastasis Recti. Most patients associate this condition with the abdominal muscles themselves being separated, which is partly true, but the real issue is that the connective tissue that holds them together has become stretched and cannot snap back despite frequent abdominal exercise.  The abdominal muscles themselves will benefit from core exercises, but the connective tissue, or fascia, cannot be strengthened or repaired with crunches.

The best way for that area to be tightened and/or flattened is with a muscle repair during Tummy Tuck surgery.

TUMMY TUCK AFTER PREGNANCY

It is best to wait several months after having a child and ensure that you are completely finished nursing before scheduling a tummy tuck. This waiting period allows women time to work toward their goal weight, as the best results for tummy tuck are achieved when patients are within 10-20% of their ideal body weight. Most women who wish to improve their post-pregnancy tummy will try to resolve these issues with diet and exercise. A tummy tuck is best for those stubborn fat deposits resistant to diet and exercise as well as skin and muscle laxity that cannot be repaired with exercise alone. We do strongly encourage maintaining a healthy lifestyle of diet and exercise, as this practice can only improve the results of surgery.

Women who plan to have more children in the future should not have a tummy tuck. The tummy tuck surgery does tighten the abdominal muscles, which naturally stretch and widen during pregnancy. It is possible to get pregnant and deliver safely after having a tummy tuck, but the growth of the uterus during pregnancy could be compromised due to the tightness of the muscle/fascia after surgery. Becoming pregnant after a tummy tuck can also cause the results of the surgery to be reduced or undone.

DO I NEED LIPOSUCTION?

Many patients who inquire about a tummy tuck also inquire about liposuction. Many patients are not sure what the difference between the two procedures is or what will benefit them the most. Liposuction cannot address any muscle separation or skin laxity issues. Liposuction is surgical removal of fat only. For patients with excellent skin elasticity who have a “pooch” that they can’t get rid of with diet and exercise, liposuction is a great option. Patients with a “pooch” and loose or sagging skin will more than likely need a tummy tuck to achieve their desired result.

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"The staff and Dr. Burgdorf are very professional and the facility is clean, comfortable and discreet." - Nikki B. nikki 5 star review
"Dr. Burgdorf and his staff are absolutely amazing. I have never felt more comfortable with any doctor, than I am with Dr. Burgdorf." - Chelsea A. chelsea 5 star review
"Dr. Burgdorf and all his staff are amazing! I had filler in my face for the first time, needless to say I was very nervous! They took such good care of me and I know spent extra time and I look amazing! Thanks so much and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!" - Dottie D. dottie 5 star review
"Dr. Burgdorf, Aimee, and Lindsay are the most fun, welcoming, and knowledgeable staff I have ever encountered in my life!! All the results are so natural, they treat everyone like a top priority and it means a lot!" - Freeman F. freeman 5 star review
"Wonderful Wonderful Surgeon! wonderful staff and follow up. I am coming up on 5 years post surgery and still get compliments to this day. Best decision I have made! Dr. Burgdorf is the best!" - Tracey H.
"I love them! Dr. Burgdorf is very sweet and a true professional! YOU MUST ALSO READ his BOOK, The Mommy Makeover! I met Aimee and she is fabulous. I had a hyrdrofacial and was very happy! I can not wait to do it again! They are friendly and very helpful!" - Eva R. eva 5 star review
"The staff and Dr. Burgdorf are very professional and the facility is clean, comfortable and discreet." - Nikki B. nikki b 5 star review
"Dr. Burgdorf and his staff are absolutely amazing. I have never felt more comfortable with any doctor, than I am with Dr. Burgdorf." - Chelsea A. chelsea a 5 star review

*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Music City Plastic Surgery. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.

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615.567.7586

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Dr. Michael Burgdorf
3803 Bedford Ave, Suite 102,
Nashville, TN 37215

615.567.7586

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

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