Help! I Need a Tummy Tuck After 14 Kids
“I cry when I see my body.” That’s what one woman wrote to Dr. Bernard Beldholm, asking for help to fix her body after 14 pregnancies. Like many women with multiple pregnancies, the physical changes to the body can be extreme.
Body contouring can renew your body so it looks great after pregnancy. Millions of women seek help to look better in clothes, fix sagging breasts, and get loose skin removal after pregnancy. This article discusses body contouring for mums with multiple kids. Mothers have special factors to consider before having plastic surgery. That will also be discussed in this article.
How pregnancy changes the body
First, we need to look at what happens to your body after multiple pregnancies.
- Loose skin (especially on the tummy)
- Sagging breasts
- Weight gain
- Stretch marks
- Loss of breast volume
- Sagging mons pubis area
- Separated abdominal muscles
- Still looking pregnant years later
- And more.
How to fix your body after pregnancy
Diet and exercise are important for getting back in shape. The body takes about two years to heal from pregnancy. During this time, much of the loose skin shrinks. However, mums with lots of kids may have permanently stretched skin. If you still have stubborn fat pockets and excess abdominal skin two years after giving birth (or if you still look pregnant), body contouring surgery may be the answer.
The following body contouring procedures by Dr. Bernard Beldholm can help you look better in clothes and gain confidence by repairing your body after pregnancy.
Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
A tummy tuck is a surgery to remove loose skin after pregnancy on the abdomen. It may also include abdominal muscle repair for diastasis recti. Liposuction can also be added to tummy tuck surgery. There are many types of tummy tucks. Some of the most popular tummy tuck methods are the:
After pregnancy, some women complain of sagging breasts. Pregnancy weighs the breasts down. Skin stretches and becomes loose as breasts get bigger. Natural breast tissue and breastfeeding breasts are heavy. Doctor Bernard’s breast lift surgery (mastopexy) removes loose breast skin for perky breasts. Breast lifts can be performed using different techniques based on the severity of breast drooping.
While a breast lift raises sagging breasts to a more youthful position, a breast augmentation adds fullness. This is great for women with upper breast volume loss after pregnancy or breastfeeding. Doctor Bernard uses breast implants that are customized to your size, shape and texture preferences. This achieves a natural look that appears great on you as an individual. Breast lift with implants are also a popular choice for mothers that hope to lift sagging breasts and increase breast size in one surgery.
Specially designed for mothers, Doctor Bernard’s mummy makeover combines multiple procedures in one surgery. This allows women to get their body back quickly. It also saves money instead of having separate procedures. There is only one recovery time to deal with — perfect for busy mothers that cannot tolerate a lot of downtime. Mummy makeovers can be customized to your needs. Breast lift, tummy tuck, mons liposuction, implants and more make your surgery one of a kind.
Doctor Bernard’s favorite liposuction technology is VASER lipo. It is truly one of the most advanced devices on the market today, in his medical opinion. Liposuction is popular for women that cannot get rid of stubborn fat rolls with diet and exercise alone.
Mums with big families may need lipo on several body parts. Our medical practice in Lorn, Australia offers the following:
- Abdominal liposuction
- Arm liposuction
- Saddlebags liposuction
- Thigh liposuction
- Breast liposuction
- Mons pubis liposuction
- Buttocks liposuction
- Knee liposuction
Lipo can be performed alone. It can also be added to most body contouring procedures. For example, Doctor Bernard’s Sculpt Tummy Tuck includes VASER liposuction. VASER does more than reduce fat. It helps sculpt and define your body, and so much more.
Also known as brachioplasty, an arm lift surgery removes loose upper arm skin. This makes arms look slimmer and more toned. Sagging arms are a common complaint of mothers that put on weight during pregnancy, then lose the kilos. Losing a lot of weight may result in loose arm skin folds — especially in women over age 30. That’s because collagen and elastin production slows with age. While most women are concerned about loose belly skin first, if your arms are really bothering you, then an Australia arm lift surgeon such as Dr. Bernard Beldholm can help.
Inner thigh lift
Just like saggy arm skin, the thighs are another area that can have loose skin after pregnancy. Again, it’s usually a matter of weight gain, followed by losing weight, that leaves skin loose and hanging. If inner thigh skin folds are bothering you most, come speak with Doctor Bernard about thigh lift surgery.
Special considerations for mums with multiples
Mothers thinking about body contouring surgery have some factors to consider.
It takes time for the body to heal after pregnancy
Give it two years before considering cosmetic surgery after giving birth. The body is a miraculous thing. It heals a lot on its own after pregnancy. It takes about two years for the belly, uterus and loose skin to shrink. It also allows time for you to start diet and exercise to lose weight after pregnancy. Both are essential before having plastic surgery.
If you dieted and exercised for two years after giving birth, but you still look pregnant, have loose skin, separated ab muscles, sagging breasts or fat bulges that won’t go away no matter what you try, that’s the time to come in for cosmetic surgery. At the two-year mark, most of the body’s natural healing process is done. Your body is unlikely to improve further at this point without cosmetic surgery.
Think about what you’d like to fix most
Don’t rush into surgery. Rushing into surgery is never a good idea. It’s important to think about your main concerns. The more specific, the better. No surgeon can wave a magic wand and fix your body from head to toe in one visit. By telling your surgeon what areas of your body bother you most, he can develop a plan to renew your body after pregnancy.
If you come in and say, “I want to fix my body”, your surgeon will ask what you want to fix. If you are unhappy with your body in general, a surgeon can make recommendations. However, the goal is to make you happy. Some women are bothered by loose skin on the tummy, while others care more about arms. By deciding what you’d like fixed first, Doctor Bernard can make a plan that will make you happiest.
Start by asking yourself the following:
- Is it that I’m overweight?
- Is it that I’ve got loose skin on the tummy area?
- Is it that I don’t look good naked?
- Are stretch marks on my belly the main concern?
- Is it that I don’t look good in clothes or can’t find clothes that fit due to my body?
- Does breast sagging bother me most?
- Am I embarrassed to wear short sleeves because of loose arm skin?
- Does inner thigh bulge make me most self conscious?
- Do I still look pregnant after giving birth?
You may have several issues you want to fix after children. It’s important to think about what you really want to fix before coming in for a surgery consultation. If you are concerned with different body parts, multiple surgeries may be required. Yet combined procedures are possible. A tummy tuck with breast lift can be performed with a “mummy makeover” in one surgery, for example. For more information, book a consultation with Doctor Bernard to learn more.
You may need to lose weight first
Weight gain during pregnancy is normal. It takes old-fashioned diet and exercise to lose weight. This can take a year or two. If you get body contouring surgery without losing weight first, the results won’t be good. For example, a tummy tuck is a loose skin removal surgery. It isn’t a weight loss procedure. Some fat that is attached to loose skin may be removed during surgery. Liposuction during a tummy tuck can also remove fat rolls. But these aren’t weight loss procedures.
If you get a tummy tuck or lipo without reaching your goal weight first, you will still be overweight. Then, if you lose weight with diet and exercise after surgery, you’ll just have more loose skin to remove. This defeats the purpose of cosmetic surgery like a tummy tuck, breast or arm lift.
However, mothers close to their goal weight can benefit from cosmetic surgery. If you’ve worked hard with diet and exercise, body contouring procedures can smooth out fat rolls, get rid of loose skin, sculpt and define your body, and refine the results you’ve worked hard to achieve with diet and exercise.
How healthy are you?
Body reshaping procedures work best on fit and healthy people that just need a bit of help improving their body. If you aren’t in good health, cosmetic surgery may be unsafe. Women should be in good health to qualify for surgery. Quitting smoking is important to reduce post-op complications as well. Working out and eating right sets you on the path to maintaining body contouring results long term.
Are you planning to have more kids?
Women must not be pregnant, or plan on becoming pregnant, for one year after a tummy tuck. It’s best to finish having children, lose the weight, then come in for body contouring surgery. Getting pregnant again may cause weight gain, loose skin, separated ab muscles. In other words, getting pregnant after body contouring may undo the results.
Recovering from surgery when you have children
Mothers need support during tummy tuck recovery and other procedures. It’s important to be realistic. Who will help take care of the kids? Who will help with household chores such as cooking, cleaning, laundry and food shopping? How long is the hospital stay? What if you have to spend an extra week in the hospital? Can you take a few weeks off of work? Who will drive the kids to school or activities in early recovery? The younger your children, the more help you will need. Someone also needs to drive you to and from surgery.
Consider the risks before getting surgery
Body contouring is considered safe for most women, as long as they are in good health overall. Doctor Bernard may ask relevant medical questions during the consultation to develop a picture of your health. He determines each candidate for body contouring surgery on a case-by-case basis. As a genuinely caring surgeon, he puts patient safety first. It is his goal for each patient to have a great surgical outcome. If he doesn’t feel you can safely have a body contouring procedure, he will be honest with you about that.
If you qualify for surgery, know that all surgery comes with risks. These risks are disclosed to you before agreeing to have surgery. There is paperwork you must read and sign. As an Australia body contouring surgeon that treats thousands of patients per year, he strives to make all surgical risks transparent.
You need to read all the information provided and be prepared for surgery. Again, surgery complications are rare. While the risks are low for healthy patients, you must still understand there is a possibility of complications.
This is even more important for women with children. Mothers have more than just themselves to think about. They have families that depend on them — often, young children. So for these patients, it’s even more important to know the risks of surgery.
All surgery has risks — even when you see a highly experienced cosmetic surgeon, such as Dr. Bernard Beldholm. Ask yourself the following. What happens if something goes wrong? What if I get a bleed? What if I stay a week longer in the hospital than expected? What if I have to come back for a second operation to fix something? These are some things to consider.
While tummy tuck and body contouring surgery is considered safe for healthy people, you should know that is not a guarantee. No one can predict the future. Not even the most qualified surgeon. What Doctor Bernard can do is offer 10+ years of body contouring experience, specialising in helping women get their body back after pregnancy.
Surgery is performed at an accredited hospital with an operating room team that takes your health and safety very seriously. This includes a licensed anesthesiologist that oversees you for the entire surgery.
Doctor Bernard also personally follows up with every patient the next business day after surgery. This ensures everything is healing well. You may have multiple follow-up appointments in the first two weeks. It’s important to keep these appointments. That way, Doctor Bernard can monitor your healing. And if there is a problem, while unlikely, he can address them immediately. You’re in good hands with Doctor Bernard.
If you have questions or concerns during recovery, Doctor Bernard is just a phone call away.
Get more info about body contouring procedures
Doctor Bernard specialises in helping women after pregnancy or weight loss to look great in clothes. He offers a variety of Australia body contouring procedures to improve your body after baby. He is happy to provide information to mothers interested in improving their looks.
Schedule a consultation for personalised treatment plan to get your body back after pregnancy. There is also plenty of information on our blog page.