Dr Beldholm’s advice is that most women after the rapid recovery tummy tuck surgery should be more or less back to normal 6-8 weeks post op. Lexy had breast augmentation as well as a tummy tuck, and then made a big interstate move. These photos are taken 4 weeks post operation, so there is still some bruising.
As Lexy had moved interstate, it was a long way for her to travel back for the usual follow up consultations that Dr Beldholm does at 4 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months. However, Dr Beldholm did several phone consultations with her. She was extremely happy with the results, and had no issues after her operation, so it was not necessary to get her back for further reviews. Unfortunately, this means that we do not have the usual 12 month post op photos.
On these photos, there is still significant swelling in the lower abdomen and the scar is still red. This is quite a standard result at 4 weeks in Dr Beldholm’s patients.
Over 6-12 months the scar fades and the swelling will settle to reveal more definition to the abdominal area.
Most women don’t regain their pre-pregnancy bodies. Although they can lose the weight, there are still some changes in their bodies that are hard to completely get rid off.
For Lexy, it was the loose skin on her abdominal area. Prior to her pregnancy, she was extremely fit, as she was once a bikini model. However, after giving birth to three children through C-section, she was left with loose skin hanging over her C-section scar.
Lexy tried to lose weight. Unfortunately, the excess skin in her stomach made it hard for her to achieve her previous physique. With this concern, she reached out to Dr. Beldholm and inquired about undergoing a tummy tuck procedure.
After a thorough assessment, Dr. Beldholm did a liposuction-based tummy tuck. Around 1,000ml of fat was suctioned from her abdominal area. Aside from this, the surgery also required the creation of an abdominal flap and a divarication of the rectus muscles.*