Motherhood is definitely a wonderful joy, and many women strive to have children at some point in their lives. However, there are many sacrifices that come with being a mother, including the changes to the body during and following pregnancy. Once childbirth and breastfeeding have passed, many women make it their goal to get their pre-pregnancy body back. They may turn to strict diets, gym memberships, and “magical” pills that are designed to help them lose weight and tone the body. Unfortunately, few women have successfully restored their pre-pregnancy body with these approaches. A Mommy Makeover is an ideal option for mothers who want to reverse the effects of pregnancy. The procedure involves a combination of surgeries to restore the feminine physique and create a toned, more defined body.
Your Mommy Makeover Options
Many women find that it isn’t easy to “bounce back” to the way they looked before having children. Mommy Makeover surgery is not a one-size-fits-all operation since every woman has unique body features and goals. Various procedures can be performed to create a personalized Mommy Makeover experience.
Breast Lift Surgery
Sagging, lifeless breasts are common after having multiple children, and many women are most concerned about this aspect of their body. Breast lift surgery is designed to restore the breasts after pregnancy by lifting and returning them to a more youthful position. Dr. Rey performs breast lift surgery as an outpatient procedure. Dr. Rey will make an incision where appropriate (based on the patient and her anatomy) and reposition the breasts, adjust the size of the areolas, and move the nipples if necessary.
Breast Augmentation Surgery
In addition to sagging, the breasts may also lose their size and shape after childbirth. Breast augmentation can be performed using saline or silicone breast implants placed over or under the pectoralis muscle. Incisions can be made along the breast creases, around the areolas, or in the armpits. Breast augmentation can be combined with a breast lift in situations where the breasts present sagging as well as lost size and shape.
Tummy Tuck Surgery
The baby needs room to grow in the belly during pregnancy, and many women are left with a “pooched out” abdomen that has sagging skin, excess fat, and weak abdominal muscles. Tummy tuck surgery can be performed to correct a poor abdominal appearance by making an incision from hipbone to hipbone above the pubic area. Through the incision, the abdominal muscles are sutured together, excess skin is trimmed away, and the remaining tissue is draped to create smoother, more toned abdominal contours.
Weight gain is common among pregnant women. The body needs to make room for a growing baby, and women often find it very difficult to get rid of the excess baby weight. Liposuction is commonly performed or combined with tummy tuck surgery to remove unwanted fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, combined liposuction and tummy tuck offers the best of both procedures. Liposuction can be performed on the abdomen as well as any other part of the body with excess fatty tissue.
If you are a mother frustrated with your post-pregnancy figure, schedule your consultation with Dr. Rey today! He can evaluate your body and goals to help you decide on the best procedure(s) for your Mommy Makeover. Contact us by calling (310) 205-3107 or by filling out our online contact form.