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Pregnancy can take a toll on our bodies, affecting our breasts, tummies, legs and more. After nine months (+/-), if nursing — you are probably longing for your pre-baby body. Whether you choose a healthy regimen of diet and exercise, minimally invasive cosmetic treatments, cosmetic procedures or all of the above, you might also consider a Mommy Makeover to get back in shape.
"Mommy Makeover" is a term used by Plastic Surgeons to address a woman’s post-pregnancy body issues in a single-session surgery (or Multiple Surgeries) that typically combines the following:
- Tummy Tuck
- Breast Enhancement (Reduction / Augmentation / Lift)
- Fat Removal
- Skin Tighteners & Cellulite
- Stretch Mark Removal
- Thigh Lift
- Restores Your Original Body
- Increases Your Self-Esteem
- Pregnancy Following These Surgeries May Compromise Results
- Weight Gain Following These Surgeries May Compromise Results
Who It Is For?
Women Wanting To Restore The Look of Their Pre-Pregnancy Bodies
Most plastic surgeons recommend letting the body heal for three to six months after delivery before surgery. You’ll also need to have stopped breast-feeding so your doctor can get an idea of the true size and position of your breasts. If you are done having children, it is safe to go ahead with a Mommy Makeover.
Who It Is Not For?
If You Are Planning on Having Additional Children
You may want to wait to have your Mommy Makeover until you are done with all of your pregnancies before undergoing surgery. No plastic surgeon can guarantee that the results of surgery will be retained with additional pregnancies.
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
With all the stress we put on our midsections (during pregnancy or with weight gain and loss), it’s no wonder that
as we age, the shape and size of our stomachs change.
When diet and exercise don’t provide the results that you want, a surgical procedure like a tummy tuck (or lipoabdominoplasty) may be your best option, assuming you and your doctor agree you are a good candidate for this procedure.
A tummy tuck permanently restores firmness to the stomach and removes any loose skin.
Your breasts were a perfect size and shape before and during pregnancy, but after breast-feeding they are a sagging or have lost tissue.
This happens because during pregnancy and even into breast-feeding, the breasts are greatly affected by hormonal changes.
If you want a long-lasting solution to sagging breasts or loss of breast volume, you may want to consider a breast lift. But just lifting the breast won’t solve the problem in everyone.
Fat Removal / Liposuction
Liposuction alone can remove fat, but it cannot do anything to treat stretched muscles or extra skin.
That’s why liposuction is often performed in conjunction with the Tummy Tuck to accentuate the waist and add definition to the abdomen. This is a crucial part of any Mommy Makeover. A nicely contoured waist blends into the flattened abdomen in a natural way. Likewise, a narrowed waist complements the proportions created by the breast procedure. The result is a body that looks much like what the patient had prior to her pregnancy or pregnancies.
For the lucky few who just need a minor bit of tweaking, a skin-tightening treatment can help.
The Plastic Surgeon will determine the best treatment according to your body.
The Plastic Surgeon will determine which anti-cellulite treatments your body will require. Whether it is noninvasive treatments or just diet and exercise.
Stretch Mark Removal
Weight gain and loss due to pregnancy or other reasons forces skin to stretch more quickly than it would normally. There is a “pulling” on the dermis that causes the collagen to weaken and break down.
Stretch marks can appear almost anywhere on the body but they usually develop on the stomach, breasts, thighs, hips and butt during pregnancy.
There are non-surgical treatments that will help to reduce or eliminate them.
Also known as Thighplasty
A thigh lift is a procedure that involves the removal of excess skin and fat from either the inner or outer thighs. This is often desirable after substantial or bariatric weight loss or in individuals for whom dieting and exercise have failed to reduce excess tissue in their upper thighs.
Liposuction may be used as an adjunct to the recontouring of the inner thigh. If you are committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a moderate weight, a thigh lift can help you regain the youthful thigh contours you desire.