How to Recapture Your Pre-Baby Body with a Mommy Makeover
While having a baby may bring endless joy to a mother’s life, the same cannot be said about her body. From head to toe, pregnancy and childbirth can take a major toll on a woman anatomy—affecting her breasts, tummy, legs, and more. And when you’re already processing the massive, life-altering changes that come with caring for a newborn baby, it can feel overwhelming to accept a new body that you don’t feel comfortable and confident in.
The good news is, help is available. Illume Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa’s Mommy Makeover is a combination of plastic surgery procedures designed to help you get your pre-baby body back. The combination of procedures are customized for the patient based on the individual’s needs. Let’s take a look at some of the areas and procedures you may want to focus on.
Breast Lift and (Optional )Augmentation
During milk production, the breasts expand and contract so dramatically it’s not uncommon for a woman to go up several cup sizes, only to drop back down again once her baby is done breastfeeding. Because the skin must stretch to accommodate all of this milk, many women have eventually left with flatter, saggier breasts that require surgical lifting. Some women also notice that their breasts are smaller than they once were after breastfeeding is complete, making combined lift and augmentation surgery preferable.
It’s not uncommon for pregnancy hormones to cause the body to develop new deposits of stubborn fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise. A woman might successfully return to her prior weight only to discover that she has a new “muffin top” or set of “love handles.” When this happens, liposuction can be administered to get rid of that stubborn fat via a minimally-invasive tube instrument. In addition to the abdomen, this procedure can also be used to remove extra fat from the hips, thighs, and chin areas.
Pregnancy often leads to loose skin and damaged muscles in the abdomen. As the stomach expands to accommodate a growing baby, the tissue that joins the two lateral sections of a woman’s abdominal muscles can permanently tear. This causes the stomach to stick out and can even put additional strain on the woman’s back.
During tummy tuck surgery, a plastic surgeon will make a long incision along your bikini line, allowing them to “pull-down” and tighten your skin and muscles. Sometimes, if upper abdominal tightening is needed as well, a second incision will be made near your belly button. In either case, your loose skin will be removed and any muscle damage you have will be repaired.
It’s important to remember that combining procedures leads to longer surgery time and potentially a greater risk of complications. The biggest concern with multiple procedures in one surgical session is the length of time the patient is under anesthesia. Fortunately, tummy tucks and breast surgeries are frequently performed at the same time and can be safely performed in three to five hours.
If you’re interested in one or multiple procedures to regain your pre-baby body, schedule a consultation with one of our medical professionals today.