What is a Mommy Makeover?
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “Mommy Makeover?” Long gone are the days where women had their babies and were destined to live with saggy breasts and a flabby tummy. Although still beautiful with or without correction, most women want to have it all; that means being a mother and having their pre-baby figure. And why can’t they? Well now, they can. Mommy makeovers have become one of the most requested cosmetic procedures in the United States.
A woman’s body is a miraculous thing. As a mother, you were responsible for bringing new life into the world. Over the last nine months, you watched your body transform, grow and nourish your baby. As beautiful as giving birth is, returning to your pre-pregnancy body is not always easy. It’s normal to develop stretch marks, volume loss in your breasts, and retain loose abdominal skin that doesn’t respond to even the strictest diet and exercise regimen. A personalized mommy makeover helps new moms regain their pre-baby figure.
Components of a Mommy Makeover
Since the abdomen and breasts are the primary areas affected by pregnancy, a mommy makeover often centers around breast and abdominal procedures. During pregnancy, breasts can increase a full cup size. However, after giving birth and breastfeeding, returning back to your normal cup size can result in noticeable sagging and a significant loss in breast volume. In addition, abdominal muscles, tissue and skin stretch to accommodate your growing baby. Unfortunately, during birth, your abdominal muscles can separate and may not bounce back to their previous pre-baby shape.
Although mommy makeovers are personalized, typically they may include:
- Breast Lift
- Breast augmentation
- Tummy tuck
- Circumferential abdominoplasty
Mommy Makeover: Tummy Tuck
We tend to put a ton of stress on our stomachs, especially during weight gain and pregnancy. So, it’s no wonder our stomachs change in both shape and size as time goes on. If your post-baby diet and exercise plan you’re currently trying isn’t working, then undergoing a tummy tuck may be in your best interest. Of course, this all depends on whether or not you and your plastic surgeon agree that you’re a suitable candidate. Sometimes, a tummy tuck is the only answer to the problem, however, this type of operation isn’t something that should be done without taking time to weigh all the other types of treatment.
There are various types of tummy tucks to choose from:
- Extended Tummy Tuck – Also known as a belt lipectomy
- Traditional Tummy Tuck – Also known as a full abdominoplasty
- Reverse Tummy Tuck – An incision is made to the stomach from the breast bone
- Mini Tummy Tuck – At typical abdominoplasty using only a short incision
- Non-surgical Contouring – Instead of going under the knife, you could use liposuction, injectable fillers and lasers.
If you had a C-section, your Dr. Wall can either use or remove that incision while performing the operation, leaving you with only one scar.
Mommy Makeover: Breast Enhancement
Although the joys of being a mother are endless, the effects of giving birth can make you feel less than your usual lovely self. During pregnancy, your body changes in many unexpected ways. While some new moms are lucky enough to bounce back right after delivery, others struggle to regain their post-baby figure.
Mommy makeover procedures can include breast enhancement procedures that help you regain a more youthful appearing bustline.
It is important to note that some post-pregnancy patients may not be suitable candidates for breast implants that require implantation through the armpits. In these types of cases, it’s best to implant through an incision around the nipple complex.
Mommy Makeover: Fat Removal
Liposuction is highly effective in removing fat, but it cannot correct stretch marks acquired during pregnancy. A tummy tuck does repair separated abdominal muscles and remove excess skin, but combining the two procedures together adds definition to the abdomen while accentuating the waist. In addition, a contoured waistline also complements breast procedures that are typically performed during a mommy makeover.
Liposuction is performed with the assistance of suction. Fat is removed by way of a small cannula, which is inserted in the problem areas. The, suction is applied to remove unwanted fat deposits. Liposuction can be performed with tumescent fluid or with highly advanced lasers.
Mommy Makeover: Skin Tightening and Cellulite
Anti-cellulite treatments like VelaShape and VelaSmooth can help minimize the appearance of cellulite, however, before undergoing any type of procedure, it’s recommended to follow a low-fat diet combined with regular exercise to get your body back on track. Mommy makeovers do not take the place of living a healthy lifestyle; they are designed to complement it.
For mommies who only need a bit of tweaking for a mommy makeover, skin-tightening treatments work exceptionally well. Non Surgical radiofrequency lasers work to stimulate collagen production and tighten loose skin. We offer a variety of non surgical procedures, as well. Keep in mind that these types of cosmetic procedures do require maintenance.
Mommy Makeover: Stretch Mark Removal
Stretch marks appear because the skin is forced to stretch more than it normally would. Whenever the dermis is being pulled on, it causes the collagen to become weaker and break down. Unfortunately, there’s no miracle product that can completely prevent stretch marks from appearing. However, that doesn’t mean you’re unable to decrease the chances of getting them. In fact, should you have stretch marks form, you can decrease the severity of them by keeping your body moisturized.
A common misconception of stretch marks is that they only appear in the stomach area. This is not true, as stretch marks are able to form on the thighs, hips, breasts and buttocks during pregnancy. In most cases, stretch marks will disappear on their own. However, there is a chance they’ll remain even after delivering your baby. If that’s the case, you’ll need to consult with a plastic surgeon about how you can eliminate them. Depending on the location and severity, many procedures performed as part of a mommy makeover can minimize, if not eliminate stretch marks, altogether.
Who Should Consider a Mommy Makeover
Any woman who wishes to restore themselves to how they looked before their pregnancy. It’s recommended by many plastic surgeons that you let your body heal for around six months after delivering your baby to begin this process. Like we said earlier, we talk to everyone on a case-by-case basis: some may require more time, and some may require less, plain and simple. It is important to note that for your consultation, you’re going to have to stop breastfeeding so Dr. Wall can get an accurate measurement of your breasts.
Once your family is complete, then you are perfectly safe to start your mommy makeover. While pregnancy is possible after having a tummy tuck, stretching of your abdominal muscles and skin may undo the results achieved with your previous mommy makeover.
Post-Treatment Care: Mommy Makeover
Since there is a recovery period for all procedures performed as part of a mommy makeover, it may affect caring for your children. This is why it’s essential that you discuss the post-surgical care with your plastic surgeon, so you completely understand what’s in store after the operation, how long your recovery will take and when you expect results.
The joys of motherhood and raising children are usually accompanied by sacrifices. Now is the time to focus on self-care and reverse the physical changes that are often brought on by giving birth. A personalized mommy makeover not only helps you regain your pre-pregnancy shape, but your self-confidence as well.
For more information on plastic surgery, or to schedule a consultation,you can contact us at:
Shreveport Center: 318-221-1629
Monroe Center: 318-812-0182
Wall Rejuvenation Center and Medical Spa: 318-352-2250