Motherhood means a lot of things, including saying goodbye to that pre-baby body. At least, it meant that until recently, when the Mommy Makeover plastic surgery treatment was created. Designed to help reverse the hefty toll pregnancy and childbirth takes on a woman’s body, the Mommy Makeover can include a number of procedures. These procedures can be chosen together by the patient and her doctor to tailor the right Mommy Makeover plan for her body. If you’re considering this surgery for yourself, it’s good to have an idea of what procedures you might be interested in based on which parts of your body are areas of concern. Here, you can learn about which procedures would be available to you when you have that first consultation with your plastic surgeon.
Breast Augmentation or Breast Lift Procedures
One of the biggest complaints new mothers have after pregnancy and especially breastfeeding is their breasts. There’s quite a toll taken on the breasts between weight gain and nursing, leaving some women with sagging or deflated breasts they hardly recognize as their own. A breast augmentation or a breast lift might be the procedure for you. Sound right to you? If so, make sure you understand the difference between the procedures so you know what to ask for.
A breast augmentation is the perfect choice if you feel that your breasts have lost their volume and shape after pregnancy and breastfeeding. If this is a part of your Mommy Makeover, you will discuss your options with your physician and determine what implant type and size you would like, as well as where the implants and incisions will be located. Incisions for a breast augmentation can be made under the arm, around the nipple, or under the breast. The implants will be inserted through these incisions and placed either beneath the breast tissue or the breast muscle. Patients have the option of choosing between saline and silicone gel implants, which each offer their own benefits.
A breast lift is a different kind of procedure that aims to restore a more youthful appearance to your natural breasts. If your breasts have lost their shape and firmness after pregnancy or nursing, your Mommy Makeover may include a breast lift surgery, or mastopexy. Typically, an incision is placed along the natural contour of the breast where the excess skin will be removed. The nipple and areola are then repositioned and the skin surrounding it is brought together to reshape the breast. Stitches are placed around the areola and the lower breast area. Oftentimes, a breast lift and augmentation are performed in tandem to tone and shape the existing breast before enhancing and enlarging it with an implant.
Abdominoplasty: The Tummy Tuck Procedure
Another obvious and all too common trouble spot after pregnancy and childbirth is the abdomen. Throughout the process, skin is stretched, fat accumulates from weight gain, and the muscles are weakened. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can remove the excess skin and fat, while also helping to tighten the separated muscles of the abdomen, leaving it flatter and smoother. The abdomen is one of the most difficult areas of the body to improve through diet and exercise, especially after pregnancy and childbirth have caused additional damage to every part of the area. Although it is not a substitute for regular diet and exercise, a tummy tuck is a wonderful solution for those who are frustrated by stubborn fat or excess skin that stands between you and a new, svelte self.
During an abdominoplasty, a u-shaped incision is placed along the pubic area between the hipbones. The skin is then separated from the abdominal wall so the doctor can tighten the muscles of the abdomen with sutures and take out any excess fat. Next, the naval is reconstructed using a second incision. All incisions are closed and bandages are applied to both of the incision sites and temporary drains may be put into place. This procedure is ideal for any woman frustrated with the flabby, mushy feeling around her abdomen after having children.
Liposuction during the Mommy Makeover
In some cases there may be more fat deposits elsewhere throughout the body that become troublesome once a new mother’s baby has been born. Liposuction is a common part of the Mommy Makeover, which target areas including the back, the hips, and the thighs. It can be added as a treatment for other areas if you want to address additional concerns during your Mommy Makeover procedure.
SmartLipo Triplex, a newer liposuction technique, uses laser energy to permanently remove unwanted fat in a much less invasive and safer method than traditional liposuction. This process liquefies the fat, making it easier to remove from the body, and it tightens the skin to help your body adjust to its new, smaller size. SmartLipo Triplex is an excellent choice of procedure for anyone with stubborn areas of fat, especially around the abdomen, back, breasts, buttocks, hips, knees, thighs, and upper arms. Any of these areas could be treated with liposuction during your Mommy Makeover in conjunction with or in place of surgeries and other procedures.
Butt Augmentation or Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure
After pregnancy, a new mother may find all sort of things have shifted in her body. For some, a buttocks augmentation surgery,or Brazilian butt lift, may be in order to help achieve the curves and brand new figure they arelooking for.This procedure has been growing in popularity recently, as more and more individuals want to enhance the look of their buttocks. Augmenting this area can make the entire figure appear curvier, as well as firmer and more youthful.
A Brazilian Butt Lift procedure involves taking fat from another area or areas of the body, such as the thighs, flanks, and abdomen, and then preparing it for the buttocks. Once collected, the fat is purified and injected into the buttocks with a syringe. The result is a natural enhancement of the buttocks, plus the added side benefit of fat removal from other parts of the body. If you receive this treatment as part of a Mommy Makeover procedure, the fat removed from your abdominoplasty could easily be used to create your buttocks augmentation injection. Speak with your physician to determine which procedures you will have and how they will work in tandem.
Possible Extras to Add to Your Mommy Makeover
Some women like to take the opportunity to have additional work done to help them achieve their ideal look or even repair damage from the strain of childbirth. In some cases, multiple combined surgeries can be a convenient way to plan for your total body transformation, especially since, as a new mother, you probably don’t have a lot of time to plan multiple surgery visits and endure multiple recovery periods. Why not get the body and face you want all at once? Ask your physician if it’s possible to add facial surgeries to your Mommy Makeover, such as facelift, neck lift, cheek or chin implants, rhinoplasty, and other such procedures. The answer will depend on your specific case and the doctor’s personal methods. You will only be able to undergo as many procedures as are safe for you and your body.
Finally, the process of childbirth can wreak havoc on a woman’s vaginal area. It’s possible to work with your plastic surgeon to plan for a procedure to address specific concerns and reconstructive needs you may have. If you need help with surgery for the genitals after childbirth, don’t be shy about it and just ask during your consultation. Your physician will be more than capable of answering your questions and guiding you in the right direction to address all your concerns.
Vectra 3D Imagining
Considering plastic surgery but afraid of what the outcome will be? Dr. Rubinstein offers Vectra 3D Imagining, a new state-of-the-art device that takes a three-dimensional photo of patients to provide a preview their plastic surgery results. This new technology offers a projection of results tailored to the desired procedure of the individual. This software has shown to be very accurate in presenting patients the opportunity to see their results before the surgery even occurs.
Getting Started With a Mommy Makeover
If you’ve checked off all the procedures that interest you from this list, it sounds like it’s time to find your way into the office of a trusted and reputable plastic surgeon who can do all of the work your body needs. Contact Dr. Ran Rubinstein at Laser& Cosmetic Surgery Specialists at 200 Stony Brook Court #2 in Newburgh, New York, by phone at (845) 863-1772.
Book your consultation with Dr. Rubinstein at Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, making it the only specialty plastic surgery practice in the Hudson Valley area with an on-site joint commission certified surgical suite. Additionally, Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists offers the unique 3D Imaging technology to help give you the best consultation and post-op evaluation possible. By using the images created by this state-of-the-art device, your doctors will make life-like models of you with precise measurements of your body before and after surgery; the better information they have about your specific needs, the better they can serve them. With this incredible pairing of physicians and technology, you’re guaranteed to get the Mommy Makeover you’ve been dreaming about.