Tummy Tuck After Pregnancy

Any woman who has ever been pregnant is familiar with the intense changes that occur in the female body during those short nine months. One of the areas that is most affected by pregnancy is the abdomen. While some new mothers are able to reclaim a firm, flat abdomen, many others struggle fruitlessly to do so. Tummy tuck surgery can eliminate excess fat, trim away loose skin, and tighten the abdominal muscles to help women recover their narrow, smooth waistlines after pregnancy.

The Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery

before-and-after-tummy-tuckWhile exercise and a healthy diet can help the body shed excess weight, these tactics cannot target particular areas of the body. The tummy tuck procedure can directly target specific body issues that occur because of pregnancy. First, the procedure can eliminate the excess fat that has accumulated around the abdomen to protect the mother and baby during pregnancy. Second, the procedure can get rid of the loose skin that resulted from the skin stretching to make room for the growing baby. Third, tummy tuck surgery can treat diastasis recti. Diastasis recti occurs when the abdominal muscles separate during pregnancy and create a perpetual belly pooch. Many formerly pregnant women are never able to fully correct diastasis recti with exercise and will need tummy tuck surgery to once again have a flat abdomen. Tummy tuck surgery can trim your waistline and help emphasize your feminine curves in all the right ways.

Timing Your Procedure

Even if you want to undergo tummy tuck surgery immediately after your pregnancy, it is important to give your body time to heal after giving birth. Most women should wait at least six to 12 months after childbirth before undergoing tummy tuck surgery. During this time, the tissues of the abdomen can heal and contract on their own, especially with the assistance of exercise. Furthermore, women who plan on having multiple children should wait to undergo tummy tuck surgery until after their final pregnancy so as to maintain the best surgical results.

Consider a Full Mommy Makeover

before-and-after-mommy-makeoverFor many women, a tummy tuck is not enough to fully reclaim their pre-baby figure. Sagging, deflated breasts and localized pockets of fat all over the body can prevent women from feeling youthful and attractive. Those who would like a full feminine makeover should consider a Mommy Makeover. The Mommy Makeover is a group of surgeries that are commonly combined to enhance a woman’s figure after pregnancy. Tummy tuck surgery, breast augmentation, breast lift surgery, and liposuction are usually part of the Mommy Makeover, although other procedures can also be included. A full makeover can tackle the specific concerns you have with your body and restore an attractive, feminine, youthful figure.

Tummy tuck surgery and the Mommy Makeover are both excellent ways for women to enhance their figures after pregnancy. To learn more, schedule your personal consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi. Call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form to book your appointment today.

A Mommy Makeover for Mother's DayMost of us know and love a mother in our life. We also know they sacrifice and do a lot for their children, their spouses, and their family as a whole. All too often, one thing many moms sacrifice is their bodies. Some mothers can seem to find the time to hit the gym and tone their bodies, but others simply can’t get their body to look and feel like it did before they had children.

In many cases, women find that their bodies struggle to regain the skin elasticity, tone, and firmness they had pre-baby. Pregnancy stretches the abdominal muscles, nursing causes decreased volume in the breasts, and the hectic lifestyle of a parent leaves little time to work off those stubborn fat deposits. So this Mother’s Day, say “thank you” to that amazing mom in your life and treat her to a Mommy Makeover.

What’s a Mommy Makeover?  

A Mommy Makeover is a set of body contouring procedures specifically designed to treat common problem areas that many new and experienced moms suffer from: the abdomen, breasts, hips, and thighs. Each procedure is tailored to the patient to remove unwanted fat, tighten the muscles, achieve a more toned body contour, and, above all else, restore her self-confidence.

  • Liposuction: Removes stubborn fat deposits from the abdomen, hips, thighs, and back. Through tiny incisions, a narrow tube (cannula) vacuum suctions out the unwanted fat. Recovery takes about two weeks. This procedure is ideal for patients with good skin elasticity, or it can be combined with tummy tuck surgery for a toned and contoured abdomen.
  • Tummy Tuck: Rids the abdomen of excess skin, tightens loose abdominal muscles, and pulls the remaining skin firm. A small incision is created across the lower abdomen through which unwanted tissue is excised and the abdominal muscles are stitched back together. Recovery time is about three weeks. This procedure is ideal for patients who have experienced a loss of skin elasticity and cannot achieve a toned abdominal contour through diet and exercise.
  • Breast Lift: Eliminates unnecessary breast tissue and sutures the remaining tissue into a firmer, more perky position on the chest. An incision is made that runs along the bottom of the areola and down to the crease under the breast. Tissue is removed, and the breast is lifted to a more pleasing position. The recovery period lasts just over a month. This procedure is best suited for women who experience breast sagging but have adequate volume. Women with both breast drooping and volume loss should consider combining breast lift surgery with breast augmentation.
  • Breast Augmentation: Increases the size and corrects the shape of the breasts with implants. Patients can choose between saline and silicone implants based on their desired aesthetic outcome. An incision is created around the areola, along the breast crease, or within the armpit. The implant is inserted and placed either in the subglandular or subpectoral location. Implant, incision, and placement type all depend on each patient’s aesthetic goals and body type. The recovery period is just over a month. This procedure is designed for women who have experienced volume loss due to pregnancy and nursing or who would like to enlarge their naturally small breasts.

This Mother’s Day, treat yourself or that special mom in your life to a Mommy Makeover. Moms give so much to the people in their lives, and it’s time they did a little something for themselves. Schedule a consultation today with Dr. Mesbahi and see how a Mommy Makeover can transform you from post-baby drab to new-mommy fab! Contact our office at 703-287-8277 or fill out our online contact form here for more information.

shutterstock_182125115Improving the contours of the body through cosmetic surgery has become extremely popular over the last few years. Of all the body contouring procedures that are offered, liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are the most performed because of their ability to noticeably improve the appearance of the midsection. However, some people have a tough time distinguishing the differences between the two procedures.

Liposuction Eliminates Fat

Liposuction is typically performed for men and women who have been unsuccessful at eliminating stubborn areas of fat through diet and exercise. To perform this procedure, Dr. Mesbahi inserts a thin hollow tube (cannula) through tiny, inconspicuous incisions. As he gently moves the cannula to separate fat cells from the underlying tissues, a vacuum device is used to permanently remove the fat cells.

Tummy Tuck Eliminates Excess Skin and Tightens Muscles

Tummy tuck surgery is usually desired by patients who have excess stretched or hanging skin in the stomach area as a result of dramatic weight loss or pregnancy. Pregnancy can also cause the abdominal muscles to stretch and tear, and they generally cannot be repaired through exercise. Dr. Mesbahi performs the tummy tuck procedure by making an incision along the lower abdominal region (below the bikini line) to remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles to provide a flatter, more defined abdominal appearance.

Dr. Alex Mesbahi has many years of experience in performing liposuction and tummy tuck surgery for individuals of all ages. In some instances, he even combines both procedures during one surgery to achieve the most beneficial results. To ensure the longest-lasting results possible, patients should maintain their weight and follow a healthy lifestyle.

To discover if you’re a good candidate for a liposuction or tummy tuck procedure, feel free to call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form today. Dr. Mesbahi and his well-trained staff look forward to seeing you soon!


Whether achieved by diet and exercise or bariatric surgery, dramatic weight loss can have a positive effect on a person’s self-confidence. However, in achieving your weight-loss goal, your body may have been left with excess fat deposits and sagging skin on various regions. These issues not only continue to worsen, but they also become nearly impossible to improve over time. To correct the negative side effects that result from losing a considerable amount of weight, many men and women turn to body contouring with Dr. Alex Mesbahi for an effective solution.

Benefits of Body Contouring Surgery

Through body contouring surgery, Dr. Mesbahi can help patients improve the following conditions:

  • Sagging in the upper arms
  • Breasts that appear flat
  • Downward pointing nipples
  • Apron-like overhang in the abdominal area
  • Folds and pockets in the thighs
  • Sagging skin in the buttocks region

Candidates for Body Contouring Surgery

Although a consultation at our Virginia practice is the most accurate way to determine if body contouring is suitable for you, there are some general characteristics that most patients have in common. You may be a candidate for body contouring if you:

  • Are in good overall health
  • Have no health conditions that can impair healing
  • Are at a stable weight
  • Have realistic expectations about surgery
  • Do not smoke

Body Contouring Procedures

Since body contouring is designed to treat multiple areas of the body, several cosmetic treatments are performed concurrently with one another during the same procedure. The areas of your body that need correction will ultimately determine which of the following body contouring procedures are performed:

Breast Lift

Removes excess skin and glandular tissue from the breasts while elevating the breasts and nipples to a higher, more attractive position.

Arm Lift

Removes excess skin from the arms and tightens the remaining skin to reveal a slimmer, more toned appearance.

Tummy TuckBeautiful and fit female body with the drawing arrows

Removes hanging skin from the stomach area and restores a defined appearance to the abdominal muscles.

Thigh Lift

Reshapes the thighs to a more attractive contour by eliminating sagging and stretched skin.

Butt Lift

Restores fullness and roundness to the buttocks by removing sagging skin and lifting the butt to a higher position.

Results of Body Contouring Surgery

The results of body contouring typically last many years, as long as you maintain a healthy weight and properly take care of your skin.

Highly respected by his colleagues for his extensive experience in body contouring surgery, Dr. Alex Mesbahi prides himself on helping his patients achieve natural-looking results. If you think a body contouring procedure can benefit you, we encourage you to call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your personalized consultation with Dr. Mesbahi.



A Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures designed to improve the unfavorable effects that pregnancy can have on the appearance of a woman’s body. Mommy Makeover surgery consists of some or all of the following procedures to correct these conditions:

Procedure → What it Corrects

A smiling, attractive mother holding her baby on a white backgroundBreast lift → Drooping breasts with stretched skin

Breast augmentation → Loss of volume in the breasts

Breast reduction → Large breasts that cause back pain and discomfort

Abdominoplasty → Loose skin and stretched abdominal muscles

Liposuction → Excess fat deposits

Mommy Makeover Recovery Period

This surgery is tailored to meet the individual needs of the patient because every woman is affected by pregnancy in a unique way. Therefore, the amount of time needed to recover after a Mommy Makeover will depend on the specific procedures performed. Rather than having the procedures performed separately and needing to take downtime to recover from each at a different time, a Mommy Makeover allows the patient to recover from all of the surgeries at once. In general, our patients can expect to feel back to normal after four weeks.

In general, most Mommy Makeover patients adhere to the following recovery guidelines:

  • Week 1: Rest at home and take occasional short walks
  • Week 2: Return to work and resume light activities
  • Week 4: May lift light objects or small children
  • Week 6: Resume more strenuous activities or workouts

For mothers with young children at home, it is advised to arrange for someone to help you care for them during the first week or two after your Mommy Makeover surgery. Dr. Mesbahi will provide you with specific instructions and details about your individual recovery based on the procedures you undergo and your unique circumstances.

If you are interested in Mommy Makeover surgery or any other plastic surgery procedure, please call (703) 287-8277 today, or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation. Dr. Mesbahi is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and has extensive training and experience to provide his patients with safe and effective procedures that produce beautiful results.

man and woman flat toned tummyA flat, toned midsection is one of the most desired body features for both men and women, but it also happens to be one of the most difficult to achieve. Diet and exercise can definitely help to sculpt this area, but when a healthy lifestyle just doesn’t target stubborn fatty deposits or excess skin, surgery might be the best option. Here are a few of the top diet, exercise, and surgical secrets to getting those six-pack abs.


You may have heard the saying, “Abs are made in the gym, but revealed in the kitchen.” This is very likely true. You can work your abs all you want, but without proper diet, they will remain hidden beneath a nice layer of fat. Some of the most successful diets are Mediterranean in nature, requiring that fit and healthy hopefuls consume plenty of fiber in the form of green leafy vegetables, lean meat, and fruit (in moderation). Healthy fats are encouraged with these types of diets, as they help the body to absorb important nutrients necessary to metabolize your food and give you energy. Sugar and foods with a high glycemic index are to be avoided.

The Abs Diet, as well as Paleo recipes, encourage ways of eating that are similar to the above and will likely lead to the flat tummy many desire. If “diet” is a scary word to you, you can consider adopting a clean eating lifestyle in which you eat whole, nutrient-dense foods about 80 percent of the time. Just be advised that the “cleaner” you eat, the more your muscles will be able to show.


A regular exercise routine will definitely help to whittle your middle. If you are just beginning to exercise, or if a six pack does not exist in your near future, the best thing to do to work towards a flat tummy is to start moving. You can easily find free exercise videos on Youtube (such as the popular Blogilates.) You could also join your local gym, buy a fitness DVD, or simply add walking or jogging to your daily routine. If you are more advanced, challenge yourself to high-intensity CrossFit exercises. Try to beat your personal records for how long you can hold a plank or how many sit ups you can complete in one minute. You can also step up your fitness game by incorporating a Bosu® ball, weighted medicine balls, kettle bells, and resistance bands.

In-Office Treatments

In some cases, diet and exercise are just not enough to rid the body of that stubborn abdominal fat. Men and women who have gone through significant weight loss or women who have gone through pregnancy are often left with sagging skin that is impossible to get rid of without the help of surgery. For those who qualify, Dr. Mesbahi offers the tummy tuck procedure, which will effectively reduce fat in the midsection and remove excess or sagging skin to provide a firmer body contour. For those with good skin elasticity, liposuction can also help to trim the waistline to reveal those abdominals you have worked so hard to show off.

If you are interested in body contouring procedures to get the flat tummy you have always wanted, please schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi. As a highly trained and experienced body contouring specialist, Dr. Mesbahi can help determine the procedure that will best meet your needs. Please call (703) 287-8277 today, or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation.