Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) in St. Louis

For many women, child-bearing leaves behind excess abdominal skin and fat which are resistant to weight loss and exercise, and pregnancies irreversibly change the abdominal wall structure. The abdominal muscles are stretched apart throughout pregnancy (and even more so with larger or twin pregnancies). This results in the muscles becoming further apart all along the midline of the abdominal wall, and the abdomen “bulges” out. This “gap” (in medical terminology, this is called “diastasis”) which is created over 9 months, cannot be restored by any amount of muscle toning.  However, there is hope! All 3 of these components from pregnancies (the excess skin, the resistant fat in the lower abdomen, and the muscle separation) are corrected with a surgical abdominoplasty, or “tummy tuck”, which is done in the operating room, under general anesthesia.

Although this operation only takes Dr. Scheu about 2 hours to perform, all patients are kept overnight for monitoring, proper hydration, pain control and safety, as this constitutes a major operation. Some women opt for the “mommy makeover” approach, which also includes a breast procedure. This addition makes it possible to restore volume loss from breast feeding and post-partum weight loss, with an implant, or a lift of the sagging, stretched breast skin. Sometimes, both of these approaches are needed to achieve the best restoration of breast volume and contour. Breast surgery in combination with the “tummy tuck” (“mommy makeover”) is often the best way to restore both of the main areas affected by pregnancies.

The Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Procedure in St. Louis

Removing all the bulging skin and fat from the lower abdomen requires a long closure line, which is positioned horizontally, very low on the abdomen. The length of this incision varies, depending upon the amount of the excess tissues needing removal, and upon the body build of the individual. Dr. Scheu also adds in liposuction to help contour the upper and lateral (outer) abdomen and flanks for the best result with the tummy tuck, so that a flat tummy and a narrowed waistline are the usual outcome.

During consultation for those considering having a “tummy tuck”, the details of the surgical approach, the risks of surgery, and the likely recovery timetable are discussed fully by Dr. Scheu, who has been successfully performing these procedures for over 30 years.

So, when you have completed your family, or are simply ready for change, schedule a consultation with Dr. Scheu to explore your options for restoring your figure. Have additional questions about Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)? Contact us today.