Women’s bodies come in all shapes and sizes, but almost every woman will experience dramatic body changes after pregnancy and breastfeeding. The breasts often lose volume, tummy skin can sag and have stretch marks, and for some, the abdominal muscles separate. The loss of a firm, trim body can be a source of great unhappiness for many women who have lost the flat, firm look their bellies had prior to pregnancy, and are unable to regain it through diet and exercise. The “Mommy Makeover” is a customized procedure that can include breast rejuvenation, which may include a breast lift and breast augmentation to restore lost volume, a tummy tuck to bring back a slimmer profile and remove damaged skin area, as well as liposuction to remove unwanted fat deposits. Each woman has specific body issues and a Mommy Makeover treatment plan will be custom-developed to treat and restore each area of concern.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does a typical Mommy Makeover entail?
The short answer is that there is no single answer – the term “Mommy Makeover” is a blanket term used to describe a variety of package treatment plans that can be used to restore a woman’s post-pregnancy body to its pre-pregnancy prime. Some commonly targeted body areas include:
- Breasts. The hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy typically have a drastic effect on the breasts that can last long after birth. Each woman’s body responds differently, but breasts will generally grow significantly in size during pregnancy, and during breastfeeding. For some women, the enlargement persists, causing back pain, rashes, and discomfort. For others, the breasts will then shrink back to their original size but now droop and sag, having lost their definition and shape. Sometimes, post-pregnancy breasts are noticeably uneven, and may have downturned nipples or large, unattractively stretched areolas. If you are unhappy with the size of your breasts, consider getting a breast augmentation or reduction, along with a breast lift for reshaping. Even if size is not an issue, a breast lift (or mastopexy) can restore youthful, plump shape and correct any unattractive sagging and drooping.
- Abdomen/Tummy. The connective tissues and abdominal muscles that stretch from the ribcage to the pelvic floor, holding internal organs in place and giving the torso its defined shape, are severely stretched during pregnancy as the abdomen protrudes to accommodate the growing child. Because of skin’s limited elasticity, it may have trouble returning to its original dimensions after being stretched, leaving a pouch of slack, flabby skin covered with unsightly stretch marks. Even if you lose all the weight gained during pregnancy, loose skin often persists as it is damaged and unable to tighten. This is why many moms opt for an abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” to remove excess skin, tighten abdominal tissue, and remove stretch marks.
- Unwanted Fat Deposits. During pregnancy, a woman is eating for two and will naturally gain weight – it is nature’s way of protecting the growing child. While a few lucky women experience no trouble returning to their pre-pregnancy bodies soon after birth, many others struggle to shed the extra pounds gained during pregnancy. Liposuction is a common solution to remove unwanted deposits of fat that have been unresponsive to changes in diet and exercise and can be applied to various body areas. If a breast augmentation or lift is of interest to you, it is possible that your plastic surgeon could use your natural fat removed during liposuction to add volume and definition to your breasts.
Will exercise get rid of your extra Stomach Skin?
Some women are very fortunate in that their bodies return to normal after pregnancy. Others, unfortunately, are left with sagging skin that looks old and tired. While exercise and diet are excellent to keep you healthy and reduce excess fat in the tummy area, it cannot fully resolve the loose skin or stretch marks for most women. A tummy tuck is still the gold standard in rejuvenating the post-pregnancy belly after giving birth. This is often a crucial part of a custom Mommy Makeover.
How soon after giving birth can you have a Tummy Tuck or Breast Augmentation?
It is often best to allow at least one year after pregnancy for your uterus to shrink and your body to recover from pregnancy. This might seem like a long time, but 9 months was also a long time to have your stomach skin and muscle stretched out! If you give your body enough time to recover, more loose skin can be removed and your abdominoplasty results will be optimized. Give it this one year length before the Mommy Makeover. Many women are surprised to see how much their body naturally restores to its normal dimensions within months of giving birth. The body has an incredible capacity to heal itself, and surgery should only be considered when it’s clear that natural processes alone won’t return the body to its usual shape. Furthermore, it is typically recommended that women be back to within 10% of their typical weight range before undergoing these cosmetic surgery procedures.
Regarding your breasts, they usually grow significantly during pregnancy and, if you breastfeed your baby, they continue to be large and heavy. We recommend waiting at least six months after having finished breastfeeding before proceeding with breast augmentation surgery to ensure that your breasts are done changing, and have stabilized in size and shape.
In general, you should not undergo any of these “Mommy Makeover” procedures until you’re sure that you are done having children. Additional pregnancies after these surgeries could undo the aesthetic results.
Would you like to learn more about a Mommy Makeover?
Many women feel insecure, embarrassed, and uncomfortable in their own skin as a result of the changes their bodies have undergone during and following pregnancy. If you have tried diet and exercise, but returning to your pre-pregnancy trim physique feels out of reach, you have options. Some women experience a sense of failure and shame as they may watch their friends shed their baby weight apparently without effort, but the truth is that every woman’s body responds to pregnancy and childbirth differently. When lifestyle changes just aren’t enough, cosmetic surgery can help restore your body and your confidence.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. White and discuss your options for a breast enhancement, body procedure, or the “Mommy Makeover.” Revitalize your body and restore or enhance your pre-baby body. ARC Plastic Surgery is ready to help you do just that.
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