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How to Get Rid of a Belly “Pooch” After Pregnancy

Posted on Sep 12, 2019 Liposuction, Tummy Tuck


Here is a 40-year-old patient of ours with the typical post-pregnancy issues who got a great result with a full abdominoplasty. Below are some thoughts on the best candidates for this procedure.

Trying to get back in shape after having a child can feel impossible. With all the changes the body undergoes during pregnancy, extra fat in the arms, hips, and especially below the abdomen is a pretty universal concern. You may have heard of a “FUPA,” or a layer of fat above the pelvis known as the “fatty upper pubic area.” Much to the frustration of many new mothers, this “pooch” of fat can stick around no matter how many sprints or sit-ups you do try to tone the region.

However, the good news is that getting rid of a belly “pooch” or “FUPA” after pregnancy is possible with a few different techniques. If you’re only concerned with reducing fat bulges, liposuction alone is typically enough to flatten the area and help you gain a smoother abdomen. That said, liposuction is only effective if you have good skin tone and little to no skin sagging. Most patients also struggle with some combination of loose, sagging skin and stretched muscles in the abdomen, both of which can be treated with a tummy tuck. Also known as abdominoplasty, this popular procedure can address the skin, fat, and muscles throughout the abdominal region, helping you attain a slimmer waistline and the tighter, smoother look you desire.

If you’re a new mother, Dr. David Bottger understands the desire to look and feel your best after having a child. He can discuss your concerns privately in a consultation, and develop the best possible treatment plan to help you regain your pre-pregnancy figure.

Please contact our plastic surgery practice if you would like to learn more about how Dr. Bottger and our experienced medical team can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.