October 10th, 2017 by Soderstrom Skin Institute
What Is a Mommy Makeover?
James M. Jeffries III, MD
Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Member Surgeon of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Motherhood is full of ups and downs – that is to be expected, but for some women their post pregnancy body is somewhat unexpected and can leave them feeling down and insecure. Pregnancy can negatively affect the size and shape of a women’s breasts, leave her with a sagging tummy and stretch marks or pockets of fat on the waist, abdomen and thighs that often do not improve with diet and exercise. Fortunately, there are options in cosmetic and plastic surgery to help boost a mother’s self-confidence and body image.
What is A Mommy Makeover?
The term, “Mommy Makeover” has been coined to describe any combination of cosmetic procedures to restore a woman’s before-pregnancy appearance, typically focusing on the breasts and abdomen. The first step is a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to determine what the best treatment course will be, taking into consideration the desired results.
According to Dr. James M. Jeffries III, board certified Plastic Surgeon at Soderstrom Skin Institute, “Mommy Makeovers can be done as soon as 9 months after giving birth, once a woman has lost most of the weight gained during pregnancy and her body has stabilized. If done too soon, and a woman continues to lose weight after cosmetic surgery, body shape and contour can be negatively effected.”
Which Areas of the Body are Treated in a Mommy Makeover?
Obviously the tummy area is where most women notice the biggest change after pregnancy. Sometimes, no matter how much you diet and exercise the tissue, muscle and skin on the abdomen can be too weak and stretched out to tighten on its own. A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, removes fat and excess skin from the middle to lower abdomen, and restores weakened or separated muscles for a smoother and firmer profile.
A tummy tuck may narrow your waist, but not your hips; liposuction can improve the contour of the hips, thighs, buttocks and stomach. A surgical procedure that utilizes a suction technique to remove fat, liposuction is often used in conjunction with other procedures to help contour body shape.
During pregnancy, breasts usually swell – sometimes they remain larger which could be a welcome change unless they are uneven or disproportionately large. Every woman’s breasts are different and in some cases a breast lift to treat sagging or uneven breasts may be the answer, other women may require a breast reduction. Some women may choose a breast augmentation where an implant is surgically placed to increase or restore breast size. And if a woman’s breasts are droopy they may consider a breast lift combined with an augmentation.
Who Performs Mommy Makeover Procedures?
Undoubtedly, the most important decision a woman will make regarding her Mommy Makeover will be selecting the surgeon. It is important to choose a board certified surgeon who has education, and experience with all of the Mommy Makeover procedures; they may also be trained in nonsurgical facial treatments and even skin care.
Try this interactive tool by Allergan, designed to help you learn about available surgeries and treatments. You can also create a list of treatment options to bring to your consultation for discussion with your surgeon: https://www.itsmyturn.com/interactive-tool.
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