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Can I ever regain my pre-pregnancy tummy?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015, 1:59 pm

You resisted giving in to gluttony during those exhausting breastfeeding months, and you diligently resumed a fitness regime immediately after your six-week post-partum check, yet your body resists returning to its former self. Sound familiar? If the answer is yes, then you are not alone. In doing its remarkable job of growing and nurturing a baby, the female body undergoes changes that are difficult to reverse: skin is stretched, muscles weakened and separated, fat redistributed.

Cosmetic surgeon Mr Maisam Fazel sees many women in his Essex clinic who long to recapture the body confidence they enjoyed before pregnancy, and one of the most common areas of concern is their ‘mummy tummy’.

Why does my tummy look like this?

If your separated abdominal muscles do not knit back together after you have had your baby, the result is a bulge that is difficult to shift through diet and exercise alone. Additionally, the skin that stretched to accommodate your growing bump may have lost some elasticity, preventing it from shrinking back; the result is saggy, excess skin which can leave some women feeling very self-conscious.

What can a post-maternity tummy tuck achieve?

A tummy tuck – or abdominoplasty – can produce some very pleasing and natural looking results. By repositioning and tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall, and removing the excess skin and fat, a skilled tummy tuck surgeon can create a taut and toned abdominal profile with a more defined waist. In some cases, a patient may also benefit from lipoabdominoplasty which involves removing fat from the flanks, or from other mummy makeover procedures such as a breast lift.

During your free consultation at his Essex abdominoplasty clinic, Mr Maisam Fazel will conduct a thorough physical examination, assessing the condition of your muscles and skin, before tailoring a bespoke surgical plan designed to regain, in so far as is possible, the flat, smooth tummy of your pre-baby years.

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