Becoming a mother can be one of life’s most satisfying times. Well, maybe not when your two-year-old is writhing about on the grocery store floor like a beached salmon, breaking decibel records with his bloodcurdling wailing…all because you wouldn’t buy him some Mike & Ikes. Still, it’s usually a great thing!
But it’s not really fair what the whole process does to your figure. Gaining the weight with pregnancy, the hormone changes, the increasing and then decreasing breasts, the formerly tight stomach that is now permanently pooched, fat pockets that have taken up residence. It’s all bogus.
And for many of these circumstances, exercise and diet changes won’t remedy them.
But a mommy makeover with our Elite Plastic Surgery surgeons can get you back the body you remember from your days before the tantrum in the spice aisle. A mommy makeover is really just a combination of procedures that target the issues created by pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding.
What is a mommy makeover?
Every patient’s situation is unique. Some women’s breasts grew more than others, so they now have more sagging. Others had stomach skin and muscle that stretched to a greater degree, creating a more predominant pooch. Every patient’s situation is individual, and our surgeons work with you to customize the areas you want to address. A mommy makeover typically involves a breast lift with or without augmentation, a tummy tuck, and liposuction.
Who could benefit from a mommy makeover?
If you’ve had a child or children and now find that your abdominal skin and muscles are stretched and loose, if you have fat deposits in certain areas of the body such as your thighs, and if your breasts are sagging and have lost volume — those are all conditions that are excellent for a mommy makeover.
These procedures are not like getting Botox, however. They are surgery. So, it’s important that you are sure you are not going to have any more children. Why do you have to know? The process of pregnancy and birth will simply negate any improvements made by your mommy makeover procedures. Also, you should have lost most if not all of your pregnancy weight and have been at a stable weight for a few months.
Tummy tuck — The goal in a tummy tuck is to regain a firm, sculpted lower and mid-abdomen area. One incision is made at the bikini line and usually a second at the belly button. The underlying muscles are brought back to the center, if they have separated, and excess skin is trimmed before reattaching the skin in a tighter contour.
Liposuction — This minimally invasive procedure can be stand-alone, or in combination with your tuck. Tiny incisions are made, a saline solution (combined with anesthetic and adrenaline) is injected, and then a cannula is inserted to suction out the unwanted fat pockets. This is not for weight loss, but for contouring.
Breast lift — A breast lift returns the breasts to a higher, firmer position on the chest. Excess skin will likely be trimmed, and the nipple complex probably moved higher. A lift can be accompanied by augmentation to regain lost volume or to increase size.
Want to see that body you had before you had children? Call us at Elite Plastic Surgery, (616) 459-1907, to schedule a consultation.