What is a Mommy Makeover?
Pregnancy is a joyous occasion that many women look forward to, however, the stresses of pregnancy and breast feeding and hormone changes experienced during and after pregnancy can often take a toll on the body. Combine with time constraints, many women find it difficult to return their body to the state before surgery. A mommy makeover is a series of elective surgeries that can be performed individually or in conjunction with one another that focuses to help restore areas of the body affected by pregnancy.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
A surgical procedure that tightens the abdominal musculature that is weakened and thinned during pregnancy and removes any excess skin, stretch marks and fat in the lower abdomen that developed during pregnancy
A good candidate for a mommy makeover is a healthy women who is no longer breastfeeding any children and who does not plan to have any future children. Individuals with one or more of the following changes experienced as a result of pregnancy would be suitable for a mommy makeover. These changes include:
Changes in body contours: although most women are able to loose the weight they have gain through pregnancy, many will notice fat deposits in the hips, back and thighs that persists even with exercise and diet. Arm lifts, thigh lifts, buttock lifts and/or liposuction are all different types body contouring surgeries to help women attain the contours they feel comfortable with after pregnancy.
Changes in the breasts: a women’s breast is frequently less full and tends to sag or develop stretch marks after pregnancy. This is because during pregnancy and in the post-partum period, a women breast swells and enlarges as milk glands in breast prepares for milk production. Regardless if a woman choses or is able to breastfeed or not, these enlarged milk glands replace the fatty tissue within the breast. After the breastfeeding period, there is often excess loose skin as a results of regressing milk glands and the lost of the fatty tissue in the breast. A breast lift or augmentation is a method of restoring breasts contours and size of breast due to the lost of tissue and stretching of skin during pregnancy.
Changes in the abdomen: during pregnancy, hormonal changes in the body allow for the abdominal wall to relax to accommodate for the enlarging baby as it grows. However with a enlarging abdomen, many women often develop stretch marks in the skin (striae), bulging of the lower abdomen due to relaxation and weakening of the muscles (rectus diastasis) and after pregnancy may have loose sagging skin in the lower abdomen (ptosis). One method of management would be to undergo a tummy tuck procedure which functions to excise excess skin and stretch marks, tighten abdominal musculature and smooth the contours in the flanks.
Changes in the Vaginal opening: a women’s vaginal opening can often change as a result of a vaginal delivery. Hormones during pregnancy causes the musculature in a women’s vagina to loosen in order to accommodate the baby’s passage and often weakening of the muscle as a result of stretching can occur. Vaginal rejuvenation is an option for women who are dissatisfied with these changes post-pregnancy as the vaginal wall and its musculature can be tightened through a simple day procedure.
If you are uncomfortable with the physical shape of your body resulting from pregnancy, come in for a consultation. Dr. Chivers will determine whether you are a suitable candidate and how he can help you feel better about yourself.
These procedures are typically performed under general anesthesia. For more detailed information regarding each of the procedures, click on the links below or schedule a consultation today to find out more.
Combining multiple cosmetic surgeries at the same time can be advantageous as you recover from all of the surgeries at the same time. However, the total recovery time is always equal to the longest recovery time of any individual surgery.
If you have chosen to have surgery on multiple areas of the body at the same time, you will likely be bed ridden for your first few days during recovery and possibly as long as a week. It is important to make sure that you have arranged for someone to take over your regular duties, especially child rearing, during this time.
Depending on the type and extensiveness of the surgery, you should be able to engage in light activities with little difficulty approximately 2 weeks after surgery and will able to resume almost all activities within a 6-8 weeks.