Is a Mommy Makeover Right for You?
There are no greater joys than those that come from being a mother. However, the toll that a pregnancy takes on the body can be somewhat less than joyous for many moms who are left with deflated, sagging breasts, excess abdominal fat and skin, and stretch marks.
When you consider that the average woman gains 25 to 35 pounds in pregnancy and undergoes major body changes before and after giving birth, it’s no wonder that the visual effects can be substantial. For many, the body doesn’t quite snap back into the same shape it was in prior to pregnancy. A mommy makeover can oftentimes be the solution for moms who want to return to looking and feeling their best.
What Is a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover combines several surgical procedures to correct the lasting physical changes that have occurred due to pregnancy. Typically, a mommy makeover includes a breast augmentation/lift, an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), and liposuction. Other procedures that are sometimes included are a butt lift and breast reduction.
Much of the focus of a mommy makeover is typically in the abdominal area where there may be weakening and separation of the abdominal muscles along with stretching of the abdominal skin. This leads to that unsightly “pooch” that won’t go away with diet or exercise and possible stretch marks. Some women will need only a mini-abdominoplasty to correct the area, while others will need a full abdominoplasty to tighten the layer of muscle and remove excess skin and fat.
Because breast changes can also be significant after childbirth, women are commonly left with deflated, sagging breasts. Others will want to decrease the size of their breasts. Areola size may also be of concern as hormonal changes and breastfeeding can affect the overall look of the nipples. A breast augmentation, lift, or reduction can enhance size, shape, and improve overall firmness.
Liposuction is also a common component of a mommy makeover to help remove unwanted fat from the hips, thighs, and back. One of the newest advancements is the use of Vaser Hi-Def Liposelection which actually sculpts and shapes curves while removing fat to produce tremendous results. Unlike standard liposuction, Vaser Hi-Def is much more precise and artistic and results in better skin retraction.
Is Mommy Makeover Right for You?
Timing is a big consideration for any woman who is thinking about undergoing this procedure. If you plan to have more children, are currently breastfeeding, you’re not yet a good candidate for a mommy makeover. This is because your body shape may be in transition affecting the outcome of the procedures. You may want to wait 3-6 months.
In any situation, it is best to obtain a consultation with Dr. Shapiro to see what existing possibilities await you. Are you considering a Mommy Makeover to improve the look of your post-baby body? Contact Shapiro Aesthetic Plastic Surgery today to schedule a free consultation.