There is nothing quite like carrying a child in your body. A mother’s body is capable of incredible feats, from pregnancy and childbearing to breastfeeding. As beautiful as this process is, it can also result in tremendous changes to the female figure. When a woman is no longer confident in her physical appearance after having one or more children, a ‘Mommy Makeover’ can help restore her pre-baby figure through a combination of surgical cosmetic procedures.
The Mommy Makeover is a term used to describe a group of procedures often performed together for patients who are unhappy with changes to their bodies after pregnancy. A mother may undergo just one or several of these procedures depending on her individual preferences and goals. If you undergo a Mommy Makeover, your procedure may include:
Pregnancy and breastfeeding almost always cause the breasts to increase in size, though many women find that their breasts return to their original size over time. In women with permanently larger breasts, a reduction can help eliminate excess breast tissue and create greater proportion.
Women who are bothered by a loss of volume in the breast after pregnancy and/or breastfeeding may be candidates for breast implants. Dr. Bose can help patients choose between saline and silicone implants and also provide recommendations when choosing a size that is proportionate to a mother’s body.
Sometimes it is not the size of a woman’s breast that is the problem, but rather the position. When a woman is bothered by sagging or pendulous breasts, a lift can help remove excess skin and relocate the breasts to a more preferable position.
It is not uncommon for a mother to feel frustrated by excess fat following one or more pregnancies. Unfortunately, many women find that fat accumulations in certain areas are not easily eliminated through diet and exercise alone. Liposuction can be used to reduce excess fat deposits in women who are within 30 percent of their ideal body weight.
It is no secret that pregnancy changes the shape and contour of a woman’s body. Few women feel that their bodies bounce back to their exact form after pregnancy, regardless of how much a woman exercises or diets. A tummy tuck is a surgery used to tighten abdominal muscles that may become weakened or separated during pregnancy. It can also help trim away excess skin, creating a flatter, smoother tummy. Although tummy tucks are not designed to eliminate stretch marks, these, too, may be alleviated if they are located in areas where excess skin needs to be removed.
Valparaiso Mommy Makeovers are customizable to the patient. If you feel that you have several problem areas you would like addressed at the same time, Dr. Bose can help you better understand your options and recommend solutions to help you achieve your goals.
If you are bothered by the appearance of your breasts and abdominal area following pregnancy or breastfeeding, you might be a candidate for a Mommy Makeover. Generally, patients must be non-smokers and in good health to undergo the procedure. We also recommend that women postpone cosmetic surgery until childbearing is complete.
Dr. Bose and the team here at Bose Plastic Surgery are sensitive to the concerns and frustrations of mothers. We understand the transformation your body has undergone and are committed to helping you achieve our patients’ goals. If you are ready to regain your pre-baby body, we want to help. Contact our office to request your consultation. We can’t wait to help you feel like ‘you’ again.