If you suffer from saggy skin on your tummy after having children, you are not alone. It’s a common problem that many mothers live with after giving birth. During pregnancy, a woman’s skin expands to accommodate their growing baby. Because skin is made of collagen and elastin, it may struggle to return to its original shape once it is stretched.
Unfortunately, diet and exercise won’t necessarily fix the problem. This can, of course, be emotionally aggravating for women who want their bodies to go back to how they were prior to pregnancy. For some women, their loose skin may hang down down over their lower abdomen. If you have had a Cesarean delivery, then there may be skin sagging over the C-section cut.
Along with living with loose skin after giving birth, some women may also suffer from diastasis recti, or muscle separation. Research suggests that at least 60 percent of women suffer from DR six weeks after birth and 30 percent of women have it a year after birth or longer.
However, if you are one of the lucky ones that have not developed muscle separation post pregnancy, then mini VASER lipo-abdominoplasty may be all that you need to get you a flat, sculpted tummy.
Who is it for?
Mini VASER lipo-abdominoplasty offers an effective solution to correct loose skin in the lower abdomen. Ideal candidates for this procedure are primarily women who’ve had children and have a small amount of overhang in the lower abdomen. Patients for this procedure generally have NO or only a minimal amount of muscle separation. This procedure is commonly performed on women who’ve had a C-section and suffer from skin hanging over the C-section scar. Patients who are interested in this surgery should be close to their ideal weight and prepared to make healthy lifestyle choices. While the removal of excess skin may cause a patient to lose a few kilos, this is not a weight-loss procedure.
How is it done?
Not all tummy tucks are created equal. Unlike the traditional tummy tuck, Dr Beldholm uses an advanced liposuctioning technique known as VASER to provide his patients with the best result possible. To flatten the patient’s lower abdomen, extensive VASER liposculpture is performed on the entire abdomen and sides. Because mini VASER lipo-abdominoplasty involves work on the lower abdominal region, the umbilicus is not re-positioned which means there is no additional scarring in that area.
What are the benefits?
Mini VASER lipo-abdominoplasty offers patients with several benefits. For one, since the treatment site is smaller, the procedure tends to be much less invasive. The operation takes around 2 to 3 hours and can often be done as a day only procedure in the hospital. In addition to altering the contours of the patient’s stomach, the surgery may also reduce the visibility of stretch marks.
How is it different?
The advanced lipo-abdominoplasty provides many benefits over the traditional tummy tuck. The VASER lipo-abdominoplasty takes this technique to another level incorporating VASER liposculpture. In Dr Bedholm’s experience, by replacing standard liposuction with VASER, many patients experience less bruising, less discomfort and better preservation of blood flow which leads to better heeling. This technique also allows Dr Beldholm to “sculpt” the abdomen, hence, is why he has also named this procedure the “mini sculpt tummy tuck.”
What is the recovery?
Dr Beldholm and his staff always provides his patients with detailed instructions on how to care for themselves after the procedure. While the recovery period is usually much shorter than a full tummy tuck, patients are highly advised to take some time off from work and limit their other physical activities. The good news is that the recovery process is usually very quick, and the operation can be performed as a day stay operation. A full recovery can be expected at approximately 2-4 weeks post surgery.