A cosmetic clinic in Ireland has reported an increase in post-pregnancy surgery procedures over the past year.
The Harley Medical Group Clinic has seen a 20% increase in demand for procedures such as liposuction, abdominoplasty and breast uplift.
“After pregnancy or substantial weight loss, many people find their abdominal muscles are weak and the skin in that area has become looser,” said Liz Dale of The Harley Medical Group.
“Despite exercise and diet, this may be difficult to shift and can cause self-consciousness and anxiety.”
The abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” procedure takes around two hours under general anaesthetic and usually requires a one- to two-night stay in hospital.
During the procedure, all loose excess skin and fatty tissue are removed through an incision which extends across the abdomen, usually from hip to hip and the damaged abdominal muscles are repaired.