Becoming a mother is one of the most beautiful experiences a woman can have. Women show such remarkable strength in their ability to carry, grow, and birth beautiful bundles of joy. But let’s face it, pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can take a toll on your body. If you feel self-conscious about your postpartum body and don’t recognize yourself anymore, you’re not alone. Many women struggle with the changes that pregnancy and childbirth bring, and it’s completely understandable to want to feel like yourself again.
Although our mommies are so beautiful, to begin with, we love to allow them to restore their bodies and get back into shape; we want them to look and feel like the Wonder Women that they truly are. A mommy makeover can be a powerful solution that addresses the physical changes and helps you regain your confidence and self-esteem. In this article, we’ll explore what a mommy makeover is, what it entails, and how it can help you achieve the post-pregnancy body you desire.
What is a mommy makeover?
A mommy makeover is a combination of surgical procedures that can help a woman regain her pre-pregnancy body. Pregnancy can take a toll on a woman’s body, and many women find that they have excess skin, sagging breasts, and pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. A mommy makeover can help address these concerns and restore a woman’s confidence in her appearance.
The mommy makeover typically includes a combination of procedures such as a tummy tuck, breast lift or augmentation, and liposuction. These procedures are performed in one surgical session, which means less downtime and recovery for the patient.
The body needs time to heal from giving birth. It can take months for hormones that relax and loosen muscles, relaxin, and progesterone to leave the body. The uterus will need to size back down. Even breastfeeding can create ongoing changes in the body of a new mom. It is recommended to get a mommy makeover at least 6 months after you have stopped breastfeeding. This delay is to ensure your body is done changing so that your doctor can give you lasting results.
Is a “mommy makeover” right for you?
- Did your pregnancy negatively affect the size and shape of your breasts?
- Are you distressed about your sagging tummy and stretch marks?
- Are pockets of fat on your waist, abdomen, arms, or thighs not improving with diet and exercise?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, a mommy makeover in Nashville, TN, may be just what you need.
While physical changes after pregnancy and childbirth can be frustrating, the emotional toll can be even more significant. Many women feel self-conscious, unattractive, and even depressed about their postpartum bodies. A mommy makeover can be a great option for women who are struggling with these emotional and self-esteem issues.
By addressing physical changes such as excess skin, sagging breasts, and pockets of fat, a mommy makeover can help women feel more confident and comfortable in their own skin. This renewed sense of confidence can have a positive impact on other areas of their lives, such as their relationships, work, and overall well-being.
Additionally, taking steps to improve one’s appearance can be a powerful way to practice self-care and prioritize one’s own needs. Ultimately, a mommy makeover can be a transformative experience that not only helps women achieve their desired post-pregnancy body but also improves their emotional and mental well-being.
What is included in a mommy makeover?
Typically a mommy makeover includes any body contouring that helps women get back their pre-baby body back. It’s becoming more common to combine cosmetic procedures like body, breast and face to achieve the more rejuvenated results.
Tummy Tuck (Also known as abdominoplasty)
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is common in a Mommy Makeover. This surgical procedure includes removing excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen, tightening stomach muscles, and closing up any abdominal imperfections after pregnancy. After pregnancy, many women experience a change in their stomach shape and size, and if diet and exercise aren’t providing them with the results they are looking for, many women turn to tummy tucks.
A flabby abdomen often results from fat, poor skin elasticity, excess skin, and stretching of the inner girdle of connective tissue (fascia) and abdominal muscles (rectus muscles) extending from the ribs to the pubic bone. This inner girdle, which holds the internal organs in place, gets stretched during pregnancy or weight gain, and the stomach protrudes. Abdominoplasty removes loose, excess skin and fat and tightens slack fascia, removing stretch marks and excess skin in the lower abdomen below the belly button.
A tummy tuck can restore the stomach’s firmness while removing loose skin. Common tummy tuck procedures include the traditional tummy tuck, extended tummy tuck, mini tummy tuck, and reverse tummy tuck.
Most tummy tuck incisions are made at the pubic bone, allowing for the healed scar to be easily concealed by bathing suits/undergarments. The length and type of the incision depend on how much skin needs to be removed.
A tummy tuck can remove excess fat from under the navel and tighten the abdominal wall muscles. The results are usually long-lasting as long as a healthy diet and exercise plan are maintained.
Breast lift (Also known as mastopexy)
A breast lift or augmentation can help address sagging breasts that often occur after pregnancy and breastfeeding. A breast lift raises and reshapes the breasts, while breast augmentation uses implants to increase breast size and fullness. A breast lift can address decreased breast volume, drooping nipples, and stretched areolas, returning a youthful shape and lift to your breasts. Women who desire larger, smaller, or more rounded breasts may want to consider breast augmentation or breast reduction along with the breast lift.
Breast Augmentation (Also known as breast implants or breast enhancement)
Breast enhancements increase or restore breast size using silicone gel implants, saline implants, or fat grafting and are sometimes combined with lift procedures. This will help increase the size, restore the shape of the breasts, and create a similar look before childbirth.
After pregnancy and breastfeeding, women can experience excess sagging as tissue loss in their breasts.
To restore shape and size, many women lean towards breast enhancement procedures–another procedure often performed in Mommy Makeovers. Common breast enhancement procedures include breast lifts and breast implants. Breast enhancement surgery is the most commonly performed plastic surgery.
Typically, breast lifts are a solution women look for to correct sagging breasts or loss in breast volume–mainly for women who are comfortable with their current breast size and simply want more ‘perkiness.’ Whereas breast implants are for mommies who want to restore the fullness and size of their breasts. Breast enhancement procedures are often sought after by women who have had children to restore the volume lost in the breast area.
During pregnancy, your breasts usually swell to a fuller size and shape. In some women, the breasts remain larger. This can be a welcome change unless your breasts have become disproportionately large and cause pain, poor posture, rashes, breathing problems, skeletal deformities, or low self-esteem. Breast reduction solves these problems by removing fat and glandular tissue and tightening skin to produce smaller, lighter breasts.
Breast Lift With Combined Augmentation or Reduction
For women unhappy with the size or shape of their breasts after pregnancy, a combination breast lift and augmentation or reduction procedure may be the right choice. A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a procedure that reshapes and lifts sagging breasts. This is achieved by removing excess skin and tissue and repositioning the nipples higher on the chest. On the other hand, breast augmentation uses implants to increase the size and fullness of the breasts. A breast reduction, on the other hand, removes excess breast tissue and reshapes the breast to a smaller size.
By combining these procedures, women can address multiple concerns at once, achieving both lifted and fuller or smaller breasts, depending on their preferences. This can be an excellent option for women who are looking to restore their pre-pregnancy breast appearance and feel more confident in their own skin. Your board-certified plastic surgeon can help you determine which combination of procedures is right for you based on your individual goals and body type.
Liposuction (Also known as lipoplasty)
Liposuction is a popular cosmetic surgery that removes excess fat from various parts of the body. It is often used in conjunction with a tummy tuck or breast lift to achieve the desired results. A tummy tuck may narrow your waist, but not your hips. Fat removal procedures done with tummy tucks help surgeons to contour the waist properly and add excellent definition to the abdomen.
Of course, fat removal is not limited to the stomach; mommies can receive fat removal treatments on their arms, legs, backs, chins, etc. Liposuction can improve the contour of flanks or hips, so the Nashville plastic surgeon performing your mommy makeover will likely recommend liposuction of the hips and thighs at the same time as a tummy tuck. Liposuction is also effective in the chest, thighs, neck, upper arms, and knees.
Stretch Mark Removal
Stretch marks result from rapid weight gain during pregnancy. Due to the significant weight gain and loss that occurs during pregnancies, many women are left with stretch marks on the stomach, breasts, thighs, butt, and hips. The skin does not have enough time to adjust, and new collagen production cannot keep up with the growth, leaving behind red/pink lines on your skin after it has healed. Some women are more prone to getting stretch marks than others, no matter the amount of lotion and products applied.
For the beautiful mommies whose stretch marks don’t seem to be fading, certain treatments are available to help reduce their appearance. Stretch mark removal treatments are highly popular in a Mommy Makeover and can be done in several ways. Many Mommy Makeovers offer laser skin-resurfacing treatments to help reduce stretch marks or tummy tucks can remove or reposition them for more severe stretch marks.
If stretch marks are an issue, it is best to ensure the doctor performing your Mommy Makeover has plenty of stretch mark removal experience. This can be done by asking for examples of before and after photos.
What Does a Mommy Makeover Involve?
The mommy makeover procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia and takes several hours to complete. Patients can expect discomfort and swelling after the procedure, but this can be managed with pain medication and rest. It is important for patients to follow their surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully to ensure a successful recovery.
Pros and Cons of a Mommy Makeover
- Restores a more youthful bust and flat tummy
- Your clothes and swimwear will fit better
- Helps you return to a more youthful-looking body appearance
- If you get breast implants, they will require monitoring and possibly replacement.
- Pregnancy following these surgeries may compromise results.
- Weight gain following these surgeries may compromise results.
- Long recovery times because of multiple surgeries.
Are you a good candidate for a mommy makeover in Nashville, TN?
While a mommy makeover can help women achieve their desired post-pregnancy body, it is essential to remember that it is still a major surgical procedure. Patients should have good overall health and realistic expectations about the results. A mommy makeover is not a weight loss solution; patients should be at or near their ideal weight before undergoing the procedure.
Mommy makeovers are designed to reverse the physical changes associated with childbearing and aging. If childbirth has left you with the following characteristics, consider undergoing a mommy makeover:
- You have sagging breasts, uneven breasts, decreased breast volume, drooping nipples, and stretched areolas (the dark skin surrounding the nipple).
- Your breasts have become so much larger after childbirth that they are out of proportion with the rest of your body, and they cause back pain.
- Your tummy has loose skin and stretch marks, and your waistline has become thick and undefined.
- You had a C-section, and now you have areas of fat hanging over your surgical scar.
- You have excess fat in the love-handle area as well as in the hips and thighs.
- You have early signs of aging in your face and around the eyes.
You are most likely a good candidate for this procedure if you are in good general health and have a positive attitude and realistic expectations.
Schedule a Mommy Makeover in Nashville Tennessee
In conclusion, a mommy makeover can help women regain their pre-pregnancy bodies and restore their confidence in their appearance. As one of the most popular combination plastic surgery techniques, a Mommy Makeover addresses the common issues women face after pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you are a mommy closing the childbearing chapter in your life and need assistance getting back to normal, consider a Mommy Makeover.
Before participating in elective surgery, talk to your doctor to see if you are a good candidate. At Garza Plastic Surgery in Nashville, we want you to be informed about your choices and prepared for the procedure.
Dr. Garza has extensive experience in Mommy Makeovers and can help you understand what is involved with this type of surgery. If you have more questions or are ready to schedule your makeover, give us a call at 615.620.7800.