Dr. Richard L. Kofkoff understands how unsettling post-partum changes to your body can be to someone who is used to being in relatively good shape. At his St. Louis, Missouri plastic surgery practice, one of his main focuses is helping women to regain the shapely contour of their abdominal and waist areas and their breasts. For women who have had a recent pregnancy, this type of surgery is referred to as post-partum surgery. Fortunately, Dr. Kofkoff can help you regain the flat and shapely tummy you once had.
Your abdomen shows evidence of your pregnancy long after your baby has been born. In most cases, women have a few different "badges of motherhood" to show for their efforts. These may include one or more of the following depending on the individual:
- Bulging from muscle stretching
- Excess skin
- Stretch marks
- C-section scars
Liposuction is a procedure which Dr. Kofkoff can perform to remove the excess fatty tissue that has been left from carrying your baby. The removal of the excess skin in the abdominal region can also help eliminate stretch marks and reduce the visible scar from a C-section. This can be accomplished with a tummy tuck.
If your only concern is the fullness and excess skin that has developed below your navel, you may be able to have it tightened with a mini-tummy tuck. This type of procedure is less extensive and can often be performed as an outpatient.
Bulges in Stomach Muscles
For some women, the muscles in the stomach separate due to supporting the expanding uterus. Often, these muscles fail to reconnect after the child has been born, and surgery is the only way to repair the condition. A tummy tuck can serve to tighten the abdomen, and during the procedure, the muscles can be pulled tightly and reconnected.
The abdomen is not the only area of the body that suffers from the after-effects of childbirth. Many women also find that their breasts droop and lose some of their shape. This is repairable through a breast lift and/or breast augmentation.
Post-partum surgical procedures can go a long way toward helping a new mother to regain her previous shape and self-image as she adjusts to the new challenges of motherhood. To learn more about post-partum surgery, please contact Dr. Richard L. Kofkoff at his St. Louis, Missouri plastic surgery practice today to schedule a consultation.