Posted May 08, 2015 in Blog
If you’ve recently had a baby, you may have learned a harsh, post-pregnancy truth: as much as you love your baby, your body just isn’t your own.
Whether you’re frustrated with unwelcome changes to your breasts, a persistent stomach pooch, or stubborn fat deposits, getting back that pre-baby body takes more than just eating right and exercising.
If you’ve been feeling self-conscious over your post-pregnancy body, why not celebrate and treat yourself this Mother’s Day? A mommy makeover can help you look and feel your best—and boost your confidence!
SO, WHAT IS A MOMMY MAKEOVER?
A mommy makeover is a customized set of procedures designed to address your concerns after pregnancy and childbirth. While each mommy makeover is as unique as the mother, there are a few common procedures that most-benefit women who have had children.
PERK UP YOUR BREASTS
Sagging breasts and loss of breast volume are common post-pregnancy problems. The shape and size of your breasts change during pregnancy as you prepare for and begin producing milk. While breast growth is typically temporary, it does permanently alter the integrity of breast skin and can lead to drooping. Many women also miss the fuller breasts they temporarily enjoyed!
A breast lift can improve the appearance of sagging breasts, giving you a more elevated, youthful breast contour. Breast lift surgery can also return your nipple and areola to the desired size and position. For mothers who would also like to increase breast size, pairing your lift with breast augmentation can restore lost volume and provide a larger, perkier bust. Younger women with minimal sagging may only need an augmentation to get the results they want.
FLATTEN YOUR TUMMY
Sit-ups alone may not get you a flatter tummy. And, let’s be honest: when you’ve got a young child at home, who has time for an intense core workout routine? Tummy tuck surgery is one of our most popular mommy makeover surgery options, for good reason.
If you, like most mothers, have sagging skin and small deposits of fat on your abdomen that just won’t tighten up with regular exercise, you may be a great candidate for abdominoplasty. A standard tummy tuck will both tighten the underlying abdominal wall muscles and remove excess, loose skin for a tighter, smoother tummy.
ELIMINATE STUBBORN FAT DEPOSITS
Let’s face it: even months after giving birth, it’s completely normal for your body to still not quite feel right. Even if you’ve lost most of the baby weight, there may still be some stubborn fat deposits clinging to your stomach, inner thighs, waist, and hips. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could wave a magic wand and get rid of that excess fat?
It may not be that easy, but for women who haven’t been able to slim down through diet and exercise alone, liposuction offers an effective, permanent fat reduction option. In the hands of a skilled surgeon, liposuction can smooth down your body and highlight your natural contours for a more flattering figure.
GET BACK YOUR GLOW
There is one aspect of pregnancy we all wish we could keep after the fact: the special glow enjoyed by moms-to-be. So don’t stop your mommy makeover at the neck—talk to a medical aesthetician about skin care treatments that will help you get that glow back after you are done having kids.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A MOMMY MAKEOVER?
Your mommy makeover will be unique to your needs and goals, meaning candidacy will depend upon the procedures you choose. Generally speaking, good mommy makeover candidates are:
- In general good health and at or near their ideal body weight
- Non-smokers or willing to quit in the weeks before and after surgery
- Unhappy with sagging, asymmetry, or volume loss in the breasts
- Struggling to get rid of persistent, exercise- and diet-resistant pockets of fat
- Experiencing loose, excess skin around the lower abdomen (“pregnancy pouch”)
The best way to determine if a mommy makeover is a good option for you is to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Brothers. He’ll listen to your concerns and goals and work closely with you to develop a surgical plan that best meets your needs. Though your baby takes first priority, it’s important for moms, both new and old, to feel their absolute best—and we can help.