The mommy makeover is a term coined for a combination of procedures designed to help a woman restore her pre-pregnancy body and appearance. This customizable treatment typically involves enhancements to both the breasts and midsection and may include other areas of improvement as well. The staff at Coastal Plastic Surgeons want you to know that if you are ready to do something special for yourself, there are plenty of good reasons to consider a mommy makeover this spring.
Flatten Out Your Flabby Midsection
Pregnancy takes a toll on the abdomen as fluctuating weight and loosening of abdominal muscles make you look and feel less than your best once your bundle of joy comes along. Even if you manage to get yourself back to your pre-pregnancy weight, flabby skin and loose muscles can prevent you from showing up in a bikini to your next beach party.
A tummy tuck is a common element in a mommy makeover because it effectively removes loose skin, tightens abdominal muscles and gives you a lean, flatter look down the middle. This procedure involves an incision that runs from hip to hip, but it is carefully placed well within the bikini line so you don’t have to feel self-conscious in that two-piece. The results of a tummy tuck can be both dramatic and long-lasting as long as you maintain a healthy weight after your surgery.
Restore Youthful Bounce to Your Breasts
The breasts are another area that often sees significant changes after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Your perky twins may start to droop and sag while a loss of fullness can leave you looking and feeling downright deflated. It’s no wonder breast enhancement is typically the second piece of the mommy makeover puzzle.
A breast lift is the solution for drooping breasts, restoring them to a higher, more youthful position on the chest. This procedure can also remove excess skin and tissue from the breasts that may be weighing them down. Incisions are placed around the areola, down the lower half of the breast and across the breast crease when necessary. Most visible scarring after the procedure will be safely hidden within the natural breast crease or in the pigmentation of the areola.
Deflated breasts can regain their shape with synthetic implants tailored to your unique body shape and desired results. There are many different choices in implant sizes and styles so we can help you choose the perfect implants for your specific needs. Breast implants are a long-lasting solution to disproportionately small breasts, with most implants lasting 10 years or longer for patients.
Say Goodbye to Fat Rolls
No matter how many crunches you do or how many calories you count, you may not be able to fully eliminate those isolated bulges of fat that have appeared on various parts of your post-pregnancy body. If fat deposits are getting in the way of your appearance, say goodbye to them with body sculpting via liposuction. This procedure can be used on nearly any area of the body where pockets of fat are interfering with your body contour.
Liposuction is performed using a small tube known as a cannula. The cannula is inserted directly into the fat deposit via a very tiny incision. The cannula then loosens the fat cells and gently suctions them away to create a smoother body contour in the treatment area. Liposuction is considered a permanent method of body sculpting as long as a healthy weight is maintained after surgery.
Turn Back the Clock
While the body is typically the primary point of focus during a mommy makeover, some patients also desire to turn back the clock on their face at the same time they do their body enhancements. It is not unusual for these patients to pursue injectable treatments like dermal fillers or Botox to smooth away fine lines and wrinkles and restore youthful volume to areas like the cheeks and jawline. Facial procedures may be performed at the same time or after your mommy makeover, putting the finishing touches on your new look.
One Procedure, Multiple Benefits
One of the greatest advantages of a mommy makeover is the ability to combine plastic surgery procedures into a single surgical session. For you, this means just one time under anesthesia and one recovery period to schedule. For busy moms of kids, one recovery time may be as much as they can handle! In addition, the single round of anesthesia may decrease the risks associated with going under the medication.
Combining your procedures can even result in a cost benefit to you. When procedures are scheduled together, you save money on costs like facility use, anesthesiologist fees and medication. In addition, once you recover from your procedure, you can enjoy your full results without waiting for your next procedure to be scheduled.
Psychological Benefits Move You Forward
While the physical benefits of a mommy makeover are apparent, the psychological benefits of the procedure are also far-reaching. Women that undergo a mommy makeover often experience a renewed sense of self-confidence as the areas of their bodies that were bothering them after pregnancy are restored. Studies have shown that weight gained during pregnancy can impact a woman in many ways, from depression to loss of sex drive. By restoring a woman’s body and self-confidence, many of these psychological concerns can be reversed.
A mommy makeover is a dramatic way to refresh and revitalize your body after the rigors of pregnancy have taken their toll. However, it is important to select an experienced surgeon for your procedure to ensure the safest and most successful results. Dr. Batra and Dr. Camberos perform over 100 of these procedures every year, giving women a renewed self-esteem along with their new bodies.
If you are unhappy with the way your body looks after having children, perhaps a mommy makeover is the right procedure for you. To learn more, contact Coastal Plastic Surgery at (858) 365-3558.