Tummy tuck risks after baby
Having lost his mother due to complications following cosmetic surgery, Kanye West put the kibosh Kim Kardashian’s rumored plans to restore her pre-pregnancy body with a tummy tuck. This raises some obvious questions: What are the tummy tuck risks? Are there natural alternatives?
The first question to ask when considering a tummy tuck is whether you wish to have additional children. If you do, the muscles and abdominal wall will stretch again, largely undoing the very invasive surgical procedure. In addition, recovery time from a tummy tuck is significant. It can inhibit basic mothering activities, such as lifting the baby, for up to six weeks following the procedure. There can be additional short-term and long-term drawbacks to the surgery, ranging from complications with the mesh (depending on the type of tummy tuck performed), an uncomfortable over-tightening of the abdominal wall, acute re-opening of the sutures from performing vigorous abdominal exercises too soon after the surgery, permanent scarring, and of course the entire list of risks associated with any major abdominal surgery and general anesthesia.
The reality is that most women can completely flatten and firm their abdominal muscles after even multiple pregnancies through correct engagement of their deep abdominal muscles, in particular the transverse abdominis and avoid tummy tuck risks entirely. For impressive before/after photos of new moms who chose to get their abs back naturally, check out my blog post entitled Post Baby Body: A Non-invasive Tummy Tuck!