Many women develop a layer of fat on their abdomen after their final pregnancy, which can be hard to get rid of no matter how much they exercise.
The body naturally gains weight during pregnancy to add a protective layer of fat. This not only protects the baby in the womb but also makes sure that it gets all the required nutrients before birth.
But the fat may remain even after childbirth. Despite working out vigorously and focusing on abdominal exercises such as crunches, the weight around the mid-section may refuse to budge.
This fat around the tummy area is the most challenging to lose for women, specifically after pregnancy. At this time, the body is still in repair and caretaker mode. But it may not be necessary to struggle with exercise and diet beyond a point, if the woman is a good candidate for liposuction plastic surgery.
Modern Body Contouring & Laser Center, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides liposuction to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and surrounding locations.
Liposuction after a Pregnancy
For women who want to bounce back from the body changes caused by pregnancy, liposuction offers an effective solution.
Moms seek the removal of fat deposits, usually from the abdomen, that are unresponsive to diet and exercise. Liposuction can also improve other common post-pregnancy issues such as a loss of waistline definition and loose, sagging fat around a C-section scar.
Prior to proceeding with the surgery, the patient should have fully recovered from pregnancy. In general, doctors recommend waiting for at least six months after childbirth before going ahead with liposuction to ensure that the body has sufficient time to recover.
After the body heals following childbirth, the surgeon can restore the patient’s pre-pregnancy contours through the elimination of stubborn fat pockets located around the abdomen, waist, butt, hips, and thighs with liposuction. Addressing these sites enables women to return to a more attractive shape and regain sculpted body contours.
Liposuction and Other Procedures following Pregnancy
The surgeon will perform the liposuction plastic surgery by placing small incisions on the skin to excise fat around the midsection, hips, thighs, and other sites where a woman puts on weight during pregnancy.
Furthermore, surgeons may also tighten the skin to make sure that it does not sag after the fat removal. They may perform abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) or thigh lift surgery on areas of excess skin.
Abdominoplasty surgery provides women with the additional benefit of abdominal muscle tightening. A combination of liposuction and skin tightening procedures ensures that fat and extra skin is eliminated effectively.
It is important that patients consider undergoing liposuction and tummy tuck only after their final pregnancy. Upon conceiving after these procedures, the fat and excess skin can return.
These procedures should only be sought when a woman is done having all the children she wants and can commit to not conceiving again in the future. Otherwise, the initial surgical outcomes may be compromised.
Developing Reasonable Expectations
Pregnancy leads to significant physical and biochemical changes in a woman’s body. Therefore, while liposuction can enhance the body shape greatly, it may not be able to address all of these effects. Patients with reasonable expectations from this procedure are likely to be highly satisfied with the outcomes of their surgery.
Plastic surgeons at MBody receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and nearby areas for liposuction.
For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit
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