Motherhood provides a woman with numerous joys. Along with them come a few frustrations. Long before having to deal with the mayhem of teenagers, one of the primary irritants in a mom’s life may be the way her body has changed as a result of growing life inside of her. On the one hand, it’s a fantastic thing to recognize the magic of pregnancy and childbirth. On the other, the honor of mothering doesn’t need to be portrayed on the body forever. Many women wish to declare their independence from the Mom-Bod. With a Mommy Makeover, this is possible.
Mommy Makeover procedures are customized to each individual. However, there is a general process through which common concerns are addressed.
- The tummy. The majority of physical change that occurs during pregnancy is localized to the midsection. Mom gradually – and joyfully – watches her flat stomach transform into a comfortable home for her growing baby. As fetal growth continues, the muscles and skin across the abdomen stretch as far as necessary. In some cases, tissue bounces back, but not always. When it doesn’t, a tummy tuck can be performed to manually reconnect muscles that have separated. Excess skin can also be removed, improving the appearance of C-section scarring and stretch marks.
- Excess fat. The female body is naturally inclined to hold onto fat. This tendency is exacerbated during pregnancy. There is no telling where excess fat will store during pregnancy. There is also no predicting how well the body will shed fat, even with a healthy diet and regular exercise. Mommy Makeovers often include liposuction to restore contours to areas of the body affected by pregnancy, including the midsection, hips, thighs, and back.
- The breasts. Breast changes begin very early in pregnancy, with many women gaining as much as two cup sizes in breast tissue before delivery. After giving birth, milk production causes the breasts to swell even more. Sometimes, the increase in breast tissue (and weight) and subsequent effects of breastfeeding stretch the skin and superficial tissue beyond its norm. If breasts do not bounce back to a nice shape, a Mommy Makeover may include a breast lift or breast augmentation with implants.
While it is recommended that a woman wait until she is done breastfeeding and hormones have stabilized after giving birth to undergo a Mommy Makeover, there is no downside to consulting with a plastic surgeon before that time. Are you considering a Mommy Makeover? Contact our office for your consultation.