Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding are hard on a woman’s body. The weight fluctuations, hormonal changes, and breastfeeding can leave a mom with a stomach pooch, unwanted pockets of fat, and breasts that are sagging and have lost volume. Dr. Shah of Signature Plastic Surgery offers mommy makeover surgery to help with your post-baby body.
What Happens to a Woman’s Body After Pregnancy?
The localized weight gain of pregnancy is a unique health event that strains the body. Because the weight is so centralized, the skin, muscles, and tissue of the abdomen are stretched to a degree that they can’t bounce back. This leaves a stomach pooch that won’t respond to exercise. The breasts also gain size and weight; this stretches the tissues and ligaments attaching the breasts to the pectoral muscles. Breastfeeding reduces breast volume and in most women, the weight gain of pregnancy can leave pockets of unwanted fat that don’t respond to exercise.
What Is a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover is a combination of procedures whose goal is to give mommy her pre-baby body back…and maybe then some.
Who Is An Ideal Candidate For a Mommy Makeover?
- Your breasts have sagged
- Your breasts have lost volume
- You have pockets of stubborn fat
- You have a stomach pooch
- You’ve lost most of your pregnancy weight
- What procedures are involved in a mommy makeover?
What Procedures Are Involved In a Mommy Makeover?
Every patient is unique, and Dr. Shah works with you during your consultation to determine the areas you want to address with your mommy makeover. These are the procedures that make up a typical mommy makeover:
Because the breasts gain size and weight during pregnancy, the skin and support tissue can stretch, making the breasts sag. A breast lift removes excess skin and repositions the breasts back higher on the chest.
Breastfeeding tends to decrease breast volume. Women who want to return volume, particularly to the upper part of the breasts, or who simply would like larger breasts, can opt to have breast implants inserted after the breast lift procedure.
Stubborn pockets of fat can show up after pregnancy. They won’t usually respond to exercise, either. Liposuction removes these pockets on the inner and outer thighs, hips, and abdomen.
As described above, the stretching of the stomach skin and muscles during pregnancy is extreme. A tummy tuck trims excess sagging skin and repositions separated muscles to give you back a flat stomach.
Benefits of a Mommy Makeover
You could opt to have a breast lift/augmentation, a tummy tuck, and liposuction as individual procedures. You’d simply have three surgeries and three recoveries. That’s the beauty of a mommy makeover — you combine all the surgeries into one surgical session and, better yet, you only have one recovery period.
If I May Have More Children, Can I Still Have a Mommy Makeover?
Dr. Shah insists that his mommy makeover patients have no future plans for any more children. This is because if you again become pregnant and deliver a child, your body will go through all of the changes again. This will wipe out all of the benefits of your surgery.
How Long After My Last Child Do I Have To Wait Before Having a Makeover?
Dr. Shah places a couple of requirements (other than typical health issues with surgery) on his mommy makeover patients. First, you need to have finished breastfeeding at least three months prior. This allows your breasts to return to their normal cup size. The second requirement is weight. Mommy makeover patients should have lost just about all of their pregnancy weight. Dr. Shah requires his patients be within 10 percent of their ideal weight to qualify for a makeover.
Mommy Makeover Recovery
Recovery from a mommy makeover is hard; there’s no sugar coating that. You will have had surgery in at least two areas of your body, along with pockets of additional liposuction. The most difficult recovery is the tummy tuck, due to the length of the incision across your bikini line and the necessity of repositioning muscles that have separated.
The first week is the hardest, and you’ll need to have help around the house, especially with your children. You’ll wear compression garments for around one month to minimize swelling and to help your body adjust to its new contour on your abdomen. You’ll wear a support bra 24-hours-a-day for one month to support your lifted breasts. A tummy tuck can take up to six months to fully recover from. Most mommy makeover patients can return to a light level of activity after one or two weeks, but anything strenuous (especially any lifting) will have to wait for at least six weeks.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interesting in getting your pre-mommy body back, contact our office at 702.684.5502 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shah. Our practice serves Henderson, Las Vegas and surrounding areas in Nevada.