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Maybe hearing that will help ensure that they avoid teen pregnancy. My surgeon was Dr. She is not only technically skilled, but also compassionate and great to talk to, which are qualities that are not easy to find in surgeons. I don't look pregnant anymore!
I have not had a tummy tuck. However, I come from a family that has been pretty accepting of plastic surgeries.
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Here is what I would say to your daughters I am having sugery to remove this excess skin that some women get after multiple pregnancies. I value health and fitness and have done as much as I have been able to around this excess skin and I am going to let the doctor's do the rest.
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It should be simple. You do what works for you!!! I believe that it is important to recognize that tummy tuck is often not just about loose skin and concerns about how you look. Many postpartum women with stretched out skin also have stretched out muscles and connective tissue. When this deeper layer is stretched out, the muscles are not in the correct position and they cannot function properly.
You lose ''core'' strength and cannot support your back properly.
This muscular and fascial loosening is corrected and tightened as an integral part of a tummy tuck. This should help move the procedure out of the realm, to your sensibilities, of ''frivolous'' and more into the realm of something done also for physical health benefits. As to what to tell your girls in your position as a role model How about that it is important to take good care of yourself and be able to recognize when you need to make changes for yourself and to be brave enough to do it.
I had a tummy tuck after the birth of my second baby. My kids were 3yrs and 1yr at the time so I didn't have to do a lot of explaining to them beyond 'mommy doesn't feel good today'. I also struggled with questioning my motivation for the procedure, my vanity, my expectations of my body. The reality for me was that I had a pretty significant diastasis separation of the abdominal muscles after two big babies, I'm a small woman, and no amount of exercise could possibly rectify this physiological change in my body following pregnancy.
So I consulted a plastic surgeon in Berkeley, Dr. Elizabeth Lee, and she helped me to understand that realigning my abdominal muscles was more than just getting a flat stomach so I could wear a bikini, it was about re-establishing the core of my body so I could get relief from my low back pain, improve my posture, literally re-center myself.
I am so glad I did it, it was painful to be sure, but the recovery was manageable with some help for the first few weeks. Don't think about who you need to justify this decision to, it is your decision to make and the only person who really needs to be ok with it is you. Explain to the girls in your life the impact pregnancy had on your body in a very physiological way and that in your case there is a surgery that can correct the changes that need fixing.
All pregnancies stretch out the abdominal wall; all four layers, not just the deepest, or Transverse Abdominis TvA as well as the mid line connective tissue. After pregnancy, women need to strengthen and shorten all four layers of the abdominal wall, as well as realign the spine.
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Women who try to rehab the abs using exercises that flex the spine, like crunches, will strengthen only the external layers, the Rectus Abdominis and the External Oblique. This leads to a functional imbalance between the TvA and those muscles. The result is a lack of core strength and stability, which often manifests in back pain, and a protruding ''still pregnant'' looking belly. Proper postpartum reconditioning strengthens the TvA first, then trains the muscle to function as a stabilizer. When contracted, the TvA compresses the abdominal wall and acts as an internal splint, which closes the mid line.
There are many VERY effective exercises that work to close diastasis as well as create good functioning and core control. Additionally, connective tissues respond to exercise and become stronger and denser as the muscles to which they are attached are strengthen.
Diastasis can be remedied through the proper series of exercises. Surgery is not the only, nor the ideal, option. Surgical realignment of the TvA does nothing in regards to it's ability to contract or to function properly. These are neuromuscular skills that can only be developed through proper conditioning. A friend of mine delivered twins a few years ago and she had the same feelings about her saggy post-partum tummy that you are having.
She had a tummy tuck and she has never regretted it. Of course you would want to talk to your doctor about the risks and to weigh it all out, but in my opinion, if it is really bothering you,you should not keep yourself from seriously considering it. Life is too short not to be happy.
Be happy. My friend had this done. She is tiny maybe 5'1'' and shoe size 5 and a similarly tiny body. After three kids she had SO much ''saggage'' you couldn't even distinguish her belly button on her stomach. She is very modest i. Even her husband didn't really care.
She did have a definite recovery period that was difficult it's surgery! My friend had this done, and while happy with the final result, she wishes she had been better informed about what a difficult recovery it is. Several weeks of pain and limited mobility, no lifting for six to eight weeks. She felt she really needed a lot of help to take care of the kids for many weeks.
I have not had a tummy tuck but know some who have. First of all, I bet people will write to you saying not to do it! We are in berkeley They said that the recovery was much more painful than they had expected. The scar can be quite large and uneven. Other than that people love their less juggly tummies.
I have had worsening low back pain since giving birth to my second and last child 21 months ago.
I carried big and lost a lot of muscle tone in my lower and mid abs, I'm 41, but I'm quite fit and back to pre-pregnancy weight. I think I'm a candidate for a mini tummy tuck BTW I have ongoing instability in my sacroiliac joint that started with before kids, but has gotten much much worse since then. I don't think I have a disk injury. I've worked with Pilates trainers to strengthen the transverse. Believe me, I'm doing all I can there.
But still, my low back is a mess. That's my story in a nutshell. I'd like to hear from other women in my situation who got tummy tucks. Did it really help your back? How much? Was it worth the money and recovery time? I need details. Is plastic surgery the answer? When I saw your question, I forwarded it to the plastic surgeon I work for, Dr.
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Michael Cedars in Oakland, and this is what he wrote. By the way, since you want to hear from women that have had the operation, I'd be happy to arrange for some of our patients to speak with you. Nevertheless, many women do obtain significant improvement in how their back feels after tummy tuck surgery. Perhaps as a result of the tightening of the muscle the whole height of the abdomen, there is a change in body posture that we see on pre- and post-operative photos.
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Certainly, exercise, including the abs, is good and should be part of a woman's routine following recovery from childbirth. Tummy tuck itself doesn't place sutures in the muscle fibers but rather in the ''fascia,'' a thin tough layer that lies on the surface of the muscle. This holds the muscles in and gives a flatter tummy. It's a good idea to take advantageof this change in body mechanics and do a daily ab exercise, in order to make the muscles themselves stronger and tighter, for long-term health. Also, this tummy tightening usually makes women feel full sooner when they eat.
If one pays attention to these feelings, it is possible to train yourself to eat less. I have a number of patients who are thereby able to use the operation as a lever to lose weight by eating less. Plastic surgery is not a cure-all, but it can be a very good assistant.
I had a tummy tuck 2 years ago after having 3 large babies and very stretched out abdominal muscles. I also had a very large diastasis space between the abdominal muscles that would not go back together despite working out. My back was in pain daily, and that has improved tremendously since the surgery.