If you have recently given birth, you may be looking for a way to get rid of the excess fat and skin laxity from your pregnancy. At Connecticut Plastic Surgery Group in Southport, CT, we can help with a custom Mommy Makeover procedure. If you are considering your options, you should first know whether it is the right time to go through with this procedure.
What Is a Mommy Makeover?
This is a combination of procedures that restore the body after childbirth. After one or more childbirths, the skin can be stretched and it can be difficult to lose weight. Often women lose the youthful shape of their breasts and buttocks. Diet and exercise are not always a solution to reversing these changes, so a surgical procedure may be needed. This procedure can include any combination of breast lifting, breast reduction, breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck, and other cosmetic procedures to reach your goals.
What Can Be Included?
Breast Lift and Augmentation
Pregnancy and nursing cause the breasts to swell and then sag and can also make the nipples larger and darker. Patients commonly include a breast lift in their customized procedure to lift and shape sagging breasts. A breast reduction can remove excess fat from the breasts and augmentation with implants can provide volume and shape to the breasts. The nipples can also be reduced in size and their color can be lightened.
Unwanted fat from a pregnancy, which tends to be deposited around the midsection, can be removed with liposuction. Pregnant and nursing women are biologically impelled to eat a greater number of calories than they typically burn off in order to provide protection for themselves and their baby. With liposuction, patients can remove 15 to 20 pounds of excess fat from their midsection.
The tummy tuck is a common procedure for a Mommy Makeover. This procedure can involve plastic surgery and skin removal. Stretched and sagging skin around the waist are removed to provide a tight, neat appearance. This procedure can also repair separated abdominal muscles that occur during pregnancy. The incision made for the tummy tuck is minor and hidden around the bikini line.
Additional Cosmetic Procedures
A combination of laser therapy and injectable treatments can be used to address stretch marks and other unwanted body changes from pregnancy. This procedure can be customized to reach your desired appearance, and some patients opt-to include a butt lift to restore the youthful shape of their buttocks. A Brazilian butt lift aims to shape the buttocks and reduce excess skin.
When You Should Consider This Procedure?
After pregnancy, you may be considering a Mommy Makeover, but is it the right time? You may be ready to see your body change, but you also need to be mentally and physically ready for the procedure. You should be prepared financially and be ready to take enough time away from work to recover. Strenuous activity must be avoided, and you will not be able to hold your baby for some time after the procedure. You should also wait at least six months after giving birth to allow your body time to heal from childbirth.
Can You Get Pregnant After This Procedure?
You may be excited to get your body back in shape, but are you planning to have more children? It is possible to have children after a Mommy Makeover, but you may reverse the cosmetic changes from the procedure. If you want to restore your body again, you will need to go through with another procedure. This procedure is recommended for women who are no longer interested in having children.
What to Expect
Before the Procedure
Before the procedure, patients should be healthy. Overweight patients may be instructed to lose weight before liposuction. If you are a smoker, you will need to quit several weeks before the procedure to ensure a quick and adequate recovery. Plan your goals and discuss them with your doctor during the consultation.
Recovering From Your Procedure
After your successful procedure, you will have to avoid strenuous activities for up to six weeks. If your child is over 10 pounds, you will not be able to lift them, so you should have someone to take care of your children while you are recovering. You will likely need to take at least two weeks off of work.
After these two weeks, you may return to work, but you should be restricted to lighter tasks. While you recover, have healthy and easy to digest meals ready or prepared for you daily. For long-lasting results, you should continue a healthy lifestyle long after your procedure.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate?
If you are looking to permanently restore your body to the way it was before pregnancy and childbirth, you may be an ideal candidate for this procedure. You should be prepared to commit to not smoking before the procedure and be ready for recovery after the procedure. If you have recently given birth, you need to wait six months until you consider this procedure. Speak to us about any concerns and have an idea of the results you are looking for from this procedure.
Learn More About the Mommy Makeover Today
If you are ready for your Mommy Makeover, visit Connecticut Plastic Surgery Group in Southport, CT for an initial consultation. We will ensure you safely achieve your desired body image.