The joys of motherhood often bring unwanted changes to the body’s appearance. After childbirth, women may find that their abdominal skin has stretched, or that their breasts have changed in size. A C-section may have left scars on the abdomen, while a natural childbirth may have altered the labia’s appearance. A mommy makeover is a procedure or group of procedures that are performed to restore the body to its pre-pregnancy appearance.
Most Common Mommy Makeover Procedures
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Pregnancy often causes the abdomen to appear baggy and loose. Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, aims to correct these changes by tightening the abdominal muscles and removing excess skin. Women with loose skin on the lower abdomen may benefit from a mini tummy tuck, which is less invasive than a full tummy tuck.
Many women lose their pregnancy weight but still find stubborn areas of fat on their body. Liposuction can remove these sections of fat and improve the overall contour of the body.
After childbirth, women are often left with stretch marks on their abdomen, and those who had a C-section may have excessive scarring. Also known as a body lift, a lipectomy removes excess fat and skin, significantly reducing the appearance of stretch marks and scars.
Childbirth and breastfeeding may cause the breasts to deflate. Breast augmentation uses saline or silicone breast implants to enlarge the breasts and restore them to their pre-pregnancy size. A breast lift may also be performed with this procedure to reshape the breasts.
Mothers often experience sagging breasts after childbirth and breastfeeding. A breast lift addresses this sagging by removing excess skin from the breasts and reshaping the breasts to a more youthful contour. This procedure can be combined with breast augmentation or breast reduction to resize the breasts as well.
After pregnancy, some women find that their breasts have become excessively large, causing pain and discomfort. Breast reduction surgery removes unnecessary fat from the breasts, returning them to a more youthful size. Breast lift can be performed in conjunction with this procedure to reshape the breasts as well.
Natural childbirth often causes the labia to stretch or tear. Labiaplasty can reconstruct the labia into a more youthful appearance.
Candidates for Mommy Makeover
Women considering a mommy makeover should weigh a consistent amount and be finished having children and breastfeeding. They must be in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the procedure(s) they plan to undergo.
Mommy Makeover Surgery
Depending on each patient’s specific health and desired procedures, mommy makeover procedures may all be performed simultaneously or at separate times. Most procedures are performed with general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. The length of mommy makeover surgery varies based on the number of procedures being performed.
Mommy Makeover Recovery
Recovery time after mommy makeover varies based on the amount of procedures that were done; each patient will be provided with specific details. For the first few days after surgery, patients will need someone to help them around the house. Childcare arrangements will need to be made, as lifting may not be allowed for several weeks.
Risks Associated with Mommy Makeover
There are certain risks associated with mommy makeover surgery. Although they rarely occur, these may include bleeding, complications from the anesthesia, bleeding, excessive scarring, or infection. Patients experiencing abnormal symptoms should contact their plastic surgeon immediately.
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