Mommy Makeover

Most women notice a post pregnancy body that does not look (or feel) like the body they had before. The body experiences a lot of changes during pregnancy, and women gain an average of 25-35 pounds. The body stores this weight as fatty tissue in the breasts, abdomen, flanks (love-handles), hips, lower back, buttocks and thighs.

Don’t despair. A mommy makeover can help you look your best again.


Why Does My Body Change?


The most obvious physical change occurs in the abdomen. As your baby grows, the belly expands. This results in a weakening and separation of the abdominal muscles and stretching of the abdominal skin. The stretching may cause a breakage of the skin collagen, called stretch marks. Purple-red in color, these marks are concentrated around the belly button and lower abdomen.

The breasts grow due to weight gain and increasing sizes of the milk ducts in preparation for nursing. Once a woman finishes breastfeeding, the breasts deflate and begin to sag. Stretch marks can also develop on the sagging breasts.

Many new moms do lose the excess “baby weight” – eventually. Unfortunately, the weight loss is not always proportional to the amount of fatty tissue in a given area. For some, that means more weight lost from the breasts or buttocks than the abdomen and waist.

What’s the result? Smaller breasts coupled with a protruding abdomen and waist.

The weak abdominal muscles and the excess abdominal fat appear as fullness and bulging of the belly. It is not uncommon, therefore, for a new mom to still look pregnant a year or more after giving birth.

A mommy makeover can help reverse these changes to the breasts and abdomen.


What’s a Mommy Makeover?


For the breasts, breast augmentation or breast lift is performed to correct sagging and restore lost volume. I can perform a breast lift with implants as well, to address the sagging and create firmer, fuller breasts.

With the abdomen, women usually elect full tummy tuck surgery because having children can stretch out the abdominal wall, the musculature of the abdomen, and the skin around the tummy area. I will make the incision below your normal underwear or bathing suit height to help hide the scar.

Liposuction can help reduce the fatty deposits in the flanks, thighs and buttocks, where fat has distributed into new areas following the weight fluctuations associated with pregnancy. These are the pockets diet and exercise may not remove.

Often, women want to undergo one surgery with multiple procedures because there is one recovery period, one leave from work, and one period of time affecting their ability to care for their children. Therefore, these procedures can be done in combination at one time, if after evaluation, it is deemed to be safe and not take too long to perform at one setting.

Recovery from mommy makeover takes longer than having a single procedure, and patients need to understand that. Having multiple procedures at once puts more stress on the body; therefore, the body needs more time to rest following surgery.

Women respond very well to the results of mommy makeovers. Once a woman can reverse some of the undesirable post-pregnancy changes to her body, she will feel better in and out of clothes and enjoy a more youthful form.

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