One of the most commonly included mommy makeover procedures is the tummy tuck, which can benefit women whose abdominal area has not bounced back from either pregnancy or childbirth.
The medical term for this procedure is abdominoplasty, and as a standalone procedure, it’s one of the five most common cosmetic surgical procedures, with more than 130,000 performed each year.
When a woman is pregnant, a woman’s uterus will grow many times beyond its normal size to accommodate the baby. This causes the mother’s abdomen to grow, creating the pregnancy shape many women know well.
It’s not uncommon for a woman in her third trimester to have a belly the size of a watermelon, and mothers of multiples (twins, triplets, or more) will reach this stage even earlier in their pregnancy.
In addition to the skin of the belly stretching to accommodate the growing baby, women experience a separation of the abdominal muscles, called diastasis recti. This happens with every single pregnancy in every single woman. Small separations can correct themselves naturally or with the help of special exercises.
However, wide separations often remain and can get worse with each additional pregnancy.
Only surgical correction can eliminate persistent muscle separation. During a tummy tuck. The left and right abdominal rectus muscles are sutured together in the middle.
Tummy tuck alleviates these abdominal issues by removing the overstretched skin, eliminating stretch marks, and tightening the underlying abdominal muscles.