Bodies can be difficult to maintain, especially the more the years go by. Once smooth and firm skin can sag over time, and pockets of fat that slowly appear around the hips and abdomen (among other places) can often prove difficult to get rid of through diet and exercise alone. Age isn’t the only factor at play of course; women who have gone through one or more pregnancies also frequently find themselves searching for the way back to the shapely figures they once knew. Fortunately, cosmetic procedures exist to answer all of these struggles and more.
Two of the most popular procedures available today, the Tummy Tuck and the Mommy Makeover, are excellent solutions to the stubborn fat deposits and sagging skin that so many women seek help for. Both aim to restore the patient’s body to a former splendor that couldn’t be achieved merely through diet and exercise. For many women, re-sculpting their midsections and reducing the size of fat pockets is a main priority. Both of these procedures address the midsection, removing both fat and sagging skin, however women who have undergone pregnancy often have further concerns to address. So, the question is, how can you determine which is right for you?
For many women, the Tummy Tuck is all that is needed. In this procedure, an incision is made across the hips right above the pelvic bone and around the belly button. Excess fat is then removed and the skin is stretched downward over the incision made across the hips. The excess skin that stretches past the incision is then removed so that the remaining skin lies tight against the patient’s body. The muscles of the abdomen are also typically tightened during the procedure. The Tummy Tuck’s combination of liposuction and surgical reconstruction to slim down the patient’s abdomen and firm up the skin around it creates a more tightly contoured, youthful body. Patients will leave the clinic with some healing to do before results truly shine through to their fullest (some bruising and swelling is normal), but once they do, they’ll finally have the body that’s been eluding them.
The Tummy Tuck is a very popular procedure for women facing all manner of body challenges, from new mothers attempting to return to their pre-pregnancy forms to women who are simply genetically predisposed to some additional belly fat. In all cases, when diet and exercise prove insufficient, the Tummy Tuck provides a solution.
For those women who have undergone pregnancy, sometimes the after effects exact a heftier toll than even a Tummy Tuck can repair. When this is the case, the Mommy Makeover is often the best choice. The Mommy Makeover includes many of the same procedural aspects as the Tummy Tuck, with some form of liposuction and repair to the shape of the abdomen almost always being involved. In fact, many Mommy Makeover procedures do actually include a full or partial Tummy Tuck, but it depends upon the unique needs of each patient. The Mommy Makeover seeks simply to undo whatever damage pregnancy and motherhood has done, including a removal of stubborn residual pregnancy fat and a lifting (and sometimes either augmentation or reduction) of the breasts. In this way, the Mommy Makeover is a more complete cosmetic repair, covering more areas of the body.
The Mommy Makeover is a longer procedure to perform as a result of the multifaceted goals it seeks to achieve, and depending on what the specific procedure entails, it can also extend the recovery time. Generally speaking, women who have this procedure performed are advised to stay away from most forms of physical activity for at least the next six to eight weeks after they leave the clinic.
Ultimately, which procedure is right for you depends entirely on your needs. The Tummy Tuck is often perfectly sufficient for returning most women’s bodies to their preferred state, even for women who have just undergone pregnancy. However, pregnancy is undoubtedly a traumatic experience for a woman’s body, and some women may find that the effects left upon them by it require a larger-scale repair job. If you’re considering either procedure, consult your doctor and visit the clinic for a physical evaluation before making your decision. This is the best way to ensure that, whichever choice you make, it results in the healthiest, happiest you.