Hampton Roads Mommy Makeover
As many mothers know, being a mom can be incredibly rewarding. Even pregnancy has its magical moments, though the toll it takes on your body can be unwelcome.
As your body begins to accommodate a growing baby and prepare for breastfeeding, you’ll likely notice a few obvious changes:
- Your breasts will temporarily increase in size and weight
- Your lower abdomen will expand
- You will begin storing fat in different areas
- Your skin will change and you may be more susceptible to blemishes
While many of these changes are temporary, the impact they have on your body can be permanent. For mothers who feel self-conscious about their post-pregnancy bodies, a mommy makeover may be able to help.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
The term “mommy makeover” refers to a customized set of procedures designed to address your individual breast and body concerns after pregnancy and childbirth. While each mother (and mommy makeover procedure) is unique, many women want to address the appearance of sagging breasts, lost breast volume, loose skin and excess fat on the abdomen (pregnancy pouch), and pockets of diet- and exercise-resistant fat.
A mommy makeover can cover any concerns from head to toe, including skin issues, though many mothers benefit from three main procedures.
Breast Lift and/or Breast Augmentation
To accommodate milk production, many women experience an increase in breast size. While your breasts should return to their normal size after breastfeeding, the impact of the extra volume can affect the integrity of your breast skin. This often results in loose, excess skin and a droopy or “deflated” appearance.
A mastopexy, commonly known as breast lift surgery, can effectively reduce excess skin and lift the breast to a perkier, more youthful position. Your surgeon may also reposition or resize your nipple and areola to improve proportion to the rest of the breast.
If you have experienced volume loss in the breast or simply would like to enhance your natural size, a breast lift alone will not add fullness. In this case, we may recommend a breast lift with augmentation. In addition to removing excess skin and tightening remaining skin, your surgeon will place a breast implant to restore fullness and improve the shape of the breast.
Tummy Tuck Surgery
After pregnancy, you may be dismayed with the appearance of your lower abdomen. In many cases, there is a stubborn deposit of fat and the presence of loose, hanging skin. But these aren’t the only issues that may arise after pregnancy—some mothers experience pain or weakness in the abdomen because the vertical muscles of the abdominal wall have separated.
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, both removes excess skin and tightens remaining skin, in addition to repairing and tightening the underlying abdominal muscles. This results in a smoother tummy and reduces any associated pain.
Some mothers may also find that getting rid of excess pockets of fat is particularly hard after pregnancy, even when the baby weight has been lost. This is because fat cells, once gained, never go away naturally—they just grow or shrink in size. In women, these fat cells often end up in the abdomen, hips, and thighs, and they are often difficult to get rid of with only diet and exercise.
Liposuction can surgically and permanently remove this fat to sculpt a slimmer body contour. This option is ideal either in conjunction with a tummy tuck or for patients who have mimimal skin laxity and are not concerned with excess skin.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
The best way to determine which procedures will give you your desired results is to schedule a personalized consultation with one of our surgeons. During your appointment, we will work closely with you to understand your concerns and make the appropriate recommendations. Contact us today to learn more!