Having a child is probably one of the most fulfilling experiences a person can have. A new child brings joy and life not only to the mother but to everyone around her. Some women, however, feel self-conscious about the effects that pregnancy has had on their bodies. The stretching of the stomach muscles and skin, breasts, thighs, and other areas during pregnancy can lead to loose and sagging skin, stretch marks, and excess fat deposits. To counteract the effects of pregnancy on their bodies, some women choose to have a “ Mommy Makeover,” which is a combination of post-pregnancy plastic surgery, skin treatment, and cellulite removal. These procedures are primarily meant to address the effects of pregnancy that cannot be reversed through diet and exercise.
How to Achieve a "Mommy Makeover"
There are many factors to consider before undergoing a “mommy makeover,” such as your current health and lifestyle, the areas of your body you want to target, and how post-pregnancy plastic surgery will affect your family life. If you have successfully lost weight after your pregnancy but cannot reverse stubborn pockets of fat and sagging skin, you are probably a good candidate for cosmetic procedures. It is also important to remember that a mommy makeover isn’t just for recent moms—some women wait a few or several years before treating themselves. If you are too busy right now to devote time and research to cosmetic surgery, consider waiting until your children are a little older. You and your doctor can decide how many and what kind of procedures you want to include in your makeover, and develop realistic expectations for your results.
Fat Removal through Liposuction
Liposuction is an excellent option for mothers considering post-pregnancy plastic surgery. Liposuction can effectively remove pockets of fat that will not respond to a healthy diet and frequent exercise. New liposuction techniques also enable doctors to perform the procedure much more quickly and with less pain and bruising. So if all those crunches aren’t paying off, consider liposuction as a part of your mommy makeover.
Excess Skin Removal - Tummy Tuck and Other "Lift Procedures"
During a pregnancy, the skin and muscle tissue in the abdominal area will inevitably stretch, often causing a looser, “flabbier” tummy. Sometimes even weight loss and rigorous strength training cannot help recapture that flat, firm tummy you had before pregnancy. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can restore a taut and toned tummy by removing excess skin and tightening the abdominal muscles. A tummy tuck can be combined with fat removal and other post-pregnancy plastic surgery.
Your surgeon can also perform other body lift procedures as a part of your mommy makeover, including an arm lift, thigh lift, and butt lift.
Breast Enlargement, Lift, and Reduction
Many women become unhappy with the shape and size of their breasts after having children, and look to post-pregnancy plastic surgery for help. Pregnancy can cause the breasts to sag and lose their former “perk,” and can also cause an increase or decrease in cup size. For women who want their breasts to look as good as they did before having kids, there are several types of breast surgery available, including breast augmentation with breast implants, breast reduction, and a breast lift. These procedures can be performed in addition to other fat reduction and lift procedures as part of a full mommy makeover.
If you wish to get rid of cellulite, but do not want to undergo invasive post-pregnancy plastic surgery, Lipodissolve™ and mesotherapy are excellent alternatives. Both therapies involve the injection of natural compounds into the areas that tend to accumulate fat after pregnancy, such as the stomach, thighs, and buttocks. The compounds break down and liquefy the fat, which is then eliminated through the body’s internal waste system. These procedures make a great addition to your mommy makeover, and help you recapture the smooth, firm skin you had before pregnancy.
Stretch Mark Removal
Stretch marks are another unfortunate side effect of the “labor of love” that is childbirth. Because the skin must expand so much during pregnancy, tiny tears form in the abdomen, thighs, and butt. Eventually these tears scar, causing permanent white, vein-like streaks to appear. Luckily, there are a number of cosmetic treatments specifically designed to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, including laser stretch mark removal. This process uses a beam of light to encourage new skin growth around the stretch marks, contributing to a more even, smooth appearance. Stretch mark removal is often included as a part of a mommy makeover in conjunction with post-pregnancy plastic surgery.
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Photo credit: Joseph Fodero, MD
Find a Cosmetic Surgeon or Dermatologist in Your Area
Every mother deserves to feel beautiful, and a mommy makeover can help make that ideal a reality. By combining post-pregnancy plastic surgery, cellulite removal, body and breast lift procedures, and skin therapy, you can get back the youthful appearance that you thought was gone forever. DocShop can help you locate a talented cosmetic surgeon who can help you look as lively and energetic as you feel inside.