This article will describe the changes in the body from pregnancy and the surgeries that exist to improve these changes, often referred to as, “mommy makeover”.
Changes in the Body From Pregnancy
Changes that occur after pregnancy include loosening of the muscles of the abdominal wall called rectus diastasis. This often coexists with loose skin. Unfortunately, many of these changes after pregnancy do not return to their prior state. And, even with diet and exercise, one cannot reshape the body as it once were before pregnancy.
The good news is there are surgical options to restore or even improve one’s figure. When we talk about mommy makeover, we generally refer to areas such as the breast and abdomen. With lactation during pregnancy, the breasts engorge with milk. And, the skin stretches. Often, the tissues don’t tighten after lactation ends, resulting in saggy breasts.
Breasts after pregnancy may also deflate since there is more skin in relation to volume. But, the breasts can be “inflated” with an implant to fill-out the skin discrepancy and restore perkiness. Or, in cases where the skin is too saggy, called breast ptosis, skin excision of the loose skin will improve the breast appearance. A breast lift or mastopexy describes this operation. One can combine a breast lift with a breast implant to improve volume. This combination is a augmentation mastopexy.
Changes in the Abdomen and the Mommy Makeover Tummy Tuck
Pregnancy stretches out the muscles of the abdominal wall leading to a separation at the midline. Crunches or sit ups will not result in muscle tightening at the midline. In short, exercise doesn’t fix rectus diastasis. What results from the loosening of the muscles is a “pudge” or protrusion of the belly. Sometimes, this is also accompanies loose skin. A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty will accomplish two things:
One, tighten the muscles and,
Two, remove the excess skin.
Often, one combines tummy with liposuction of the hips and lower back to create an hourglass figure. When the fat is removed from liposuction, it can be transferred into the face to restore youth and beauty or into the buttock to create a perkier but. This is often referred to as a Brazilian Butt Lift or Brazilian Butt Augmentation.
Below is an example of a Mommy Makeover. This patient had a breast augmentation and abdominoplasty with liposuction of the waist.
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Dr. Tim Neavin is a board-certified plastic surgeon located in Beverly Hills, California.