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Christopher K. Patronella, Md, Facs, Fics


Christopher K. Patronella - MD, FACS, FICS

How to Ged Rid of a Stubborn Tummy Pooch

Posted October 20, 2015 in Body Contouring, Mommy Makeover, Tummy Tuck, Uncategorized

By Sherri Roberts


This 33 year old mother of twins was left with a tummy pooch after childbirth as a result of the muscle wall weakening that occurs during pregnancy. Dr. Patronella performed a True Form Tummy Tuck® to restore an elegant, toned appearance to this woman’s abdomen.

While the emergence of a baby bump is the subject of many a selfie and social media posts, the stubborn tummy pooch that often remains long after baby’s debut gets a lot less love. In an effort to regain the sexy, toned, abdomen of their pre-pregnancy days, many women try an assortment of strategies—clean eating, ab crunches, Pilates, yoga, fitness boot camp—only to find that, while the rest of them may be looking fine, that pooch won’t budge.

There is good news and bad news here. First, the disappointing: No amount of exercising and dieting can fix the culprit behind a postpartum tummy bulge. As plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Patronella explains, “Very often, a woman is frustrated and surprised that her very diligent efforts to strengthen her core have been unsuccessful at eliminating the abdominal bulge that’s been present since pregnancy. During pregnancy, the tissue (fascia) between the abdomen’s rectus muscles is stretched and thinned. The weakening of this tissue causes the internal organs to protrude, creating the bulge some women refer to as a tummy pooch. While exercise can strengthen the muscle and improve the bulge slightly, it will not strengthen the strong, tendon-like fascia tissue between the muscles.”

However, for those women who want their pre-baby bodies back, their dreams can become a reality thanks to the wonders of modern day science and cosmetic plastic surgery. Dr. Patronella developed his True Form Tummy Tuck® to restore an attractive, fit, softly contoured appearance to the abdomen. With this procedure he repairs the weakened muscle wall and removes loose abdominal skin, another common byproduct of pregnancy that cannot be exercised away.

While various laser lipo type procedures promise skin firming benefits using minimally-invasive technology, Dr. Patronella warns prospective patients, “Even the best skin tightening technologies fall woefully short of producing the ideal toned, tightened result that a tummy tuck can achieve. Once skin has stretched and become lax, the only way to restore its firmness on the abdomen and any other area of the body is to remove the excess skin.”

The best way to determine if you are a tummy tuck candidate is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Patronella. During this consultation, he evaluates such factors as your abdomen’s skin laxity, fat thickness, and the degree of muscle separation to determine the procedure or procedure combination that will give you the best aesthetic outcome. For the majority of our patients, the results are life changing, producing a beautiful aesthetic change that allows them to enjoy other areas of their life with greater enjoyment and confidence.

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