Whether you are a brand-new mommy, or mom has been your most-used name for a while, there is no getting away from the fact that becoming a mother entirely changes not only your life but also your body. During pregnancy, our body has the remarkable capability to grow and accommodate a whole new life.
Nevertheless, unless you are incredibly fortunate, chances are the effects of some those changes to your body may be permanent. Sagging breasts, loose skin and stretch marks are just some of the incredibly common side-effects of becoming a mom.
While some women find that they are able to embrace their new body, others simply cannot adjust to the differences in their appearance. Diet and exercise may help to a degree, but many patients find that they cannot completely restore their pre-baby shape. This can cause them to become self-conscious, embarrassed and even ashamed of their appearance. Refusal to wear certain styles of clothes and swimwear is a common occurrence after having children.
Fortunately, it is no longer necessary to live with a figure you are unhappy with. There are many different cosmetic surgery procedures which can alter the aspects of your appearance you dislike most. Many procedures can be combined, as is the case with a surgery that may cosmetic surgery practices are now offering – a mommy makeover.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
Experts noticed that there were particular cosmetic surgeries that were more commonly requested by moms than others. To this end, they created a “Mommy Makeover” which takes these individual procedures and combines them into one single surgery.
What procedures are included in Mommy Makeover surgery?
A Mommy Makeover typically includes the following cosmetic surgery procedures.
- A breast lift. This procedure sees the breasts raised higher on the chest wall, which is achieved by tightening the surrounding tissue. Some women also choose to incorporate breast augmentation surgery (breast enlargement) into their Mommy Makeover.
- A tummy tuck. Unsurprisingly, it is the abdomen that is most affected by pregnancy. However, sometimes stubborn areas of fat remain present regardless of how much you exercise. Excess skin is also a common problem. Nevertheless, a tummy tuck will see your surgeon tighten the abdominal muscles and remove excess skin, giving you a smoother, flatter stomach.
- Liposuction. Many patients accumulate excess fat across their entire body, and this can be very difficult to shift, even when following a strict regime of diet and exercise. Fortunately, liposuction can target stubborn pockets of fat and liquefy the cells so that they can be removed.
Benefits of a Mommy Makeover
So, why choose a Mommy Makeover? There are a number of reasons why many moms are opting for this cosmetic surgery treatment.
Smoother, toned appearance
Tummy tucks and liposuction procedure focus on reducing the excess fat and skin that typically occurs after pregnancy, particularly when the skin is stretched so far that it can’t “spring back” into its original position. Patients who opt for a Mommy Makeover find that they can embrace a silhouette that seems smoother and more toned.
The skin on our breasts loses some elasticity as we age, and this can cause drooping and sagging. This is compounded by pregnancy and nursing, which tends to see our breasts swell in size, only to deflate once we are no longer breastfeeding our child. However, a Mommy Makeover can restore your breasts to a higher position on your chest, making them look perkier and more youthful than before.
Combines three treatments into one surgery
However, by far the biggest benefit of the Mommy Makeover is that it combines three popular cosmetic treatments into just one single surgery. This enables the patient to benefit from a total body transformation, but only actually experience one operation – one time of being put to sleep using a general anesthetic, and one recovery period. The latter is particularly important for busy moms who may not have the childcare or inclination to have to go through several separate surgeries and recovery periods.
If you are less than satisfied with your post-baby body, our board-certified, highly experienced surgeon, Dr. Elsa Raskin, can help. Please contact our office to find out more about a Mommy Makeover, or to schedule a consultation to discuss your candidacy. Call 203-861-6620.