Having a child is a life-changing experience in more ways than one. Even if you love motherhood, you may not love the ways pregnancy and breastfeeding changed your body. A woman must undergo immense physical changes to carry a child, but cosmetic surgery can help revitalize your body. A mommy makeover is a combination of various surgical procedures that help improve the appearance of your body after you are finished having children. One of the best parts about this collection of surgeries is that you can customize them to fit your needs and achieve the results and the recovery period you desire. Although you can always choose which surgeries to include, certain procedures are more common.
Here are some of the procedures you may include in your mommy makeover:
LiposuctionAfter pregnancy, you may have noticed weight gain. Some of the excess fat that accompanies pregnancy may not respond well to diet and exercise. This may leave you frustrated if you have tried your hardest to lose weight without success. Liposuction targets stubborn fat deposits that aren’t responding to normal weight loss methods. This mommy makeover procedure can apply to the hips, stomach, thighs, or anywhere else you want.
While a liposuction can remove fat deposits, it’s often a good idea to add a tummy tuck to your mommy makeover. You may have a “pooch” of excess skin that hangs from your abdomen. This is very common among mothers, as pregnancy can expand the abdominal muscles and cause this sagging skin. Often, this area will not respond to diet and exercise. A tummy tuck tightens your abdominal muscles and removes excess skin. This procedure uses body contouring to give you a flatter stomach.
Many women find that their breasts start to sag after pregnancy and breastfeeding. This can lead to a loss of confidence and you may feel less attractive than you did before pregnancy. Since this is a common issue, a breast lift or mastopexy is one of the more common mommy makeover procedures. This surgery removes excess skin and contours the breast, giving you a more pronounced and taut look.
With Breast Augmentation
By itself, a breast lift procedure does not change the size of your breasts. In some cases, you may have lost cup sizes during pregnancy and breastfeeding. This is especially true if you underwent extensive weight loss post-pregnancy. In these cases, you may want to consider adding a breast augmentation to your mommy makeover. This will increase the size of your breasts using implants.
With Breast Reduction
On the other end of the spectrum, some women feel that their breasts have become too large after having children. This may make you uncomfortable and cause back pain. You can add a breast reduction to your mommy makeover to help improve your quality of life and to increase your confidence in your appearance.
Every woman’s body is different and every woman will want a different result after their mommy makeover. If you are considering any of these procedures, call Hess & Sandeen today. We are board-certified plastic surgeons who want to help you live beautifully. During your consultation with Dr. Hess or Dr. Sandeen, we will go over exactly which procedures you want to include and how we can best reduce recovery time to fit your needs.