Mommy Makeovers Counter the Physical Effects of Pregnancy
On average, most women gain 10-15kgs during pregnancy. This weight is stored as fatty tissue in the breasts, abdomen, flanks (love-handles), hips, lower back, buttocks and thighs. The breasts also grow due to weight gain and to prepare for nursing. But don’t despair, a mommy makeover can help you look your best again.
As the baby grows, so does the abdomen. This may result in a weakening and separation of the abdominal muscles, and stretching of the abdominal skin. This stretching may cause a breakage of the skin collagen, also known as stretch marks. These unsightly marks are purple-red in color and concentrated around the belly button and lower abdomen.
These effects often become even more apparent after childbirth and nursing. A mommy makeover can help reverse these effects.
Many new moms do lose the excess weight – eventually. Unfortunately, the weight loss is not proportional to the amount of fatty tissue in a given area. That means for some, more weight may be lost from the breasts or buttocks than the abdomen and waist.
The result? Smaller breasts despite fullness of the waist and abdomen. In these cases, a mommy makeover may be in order.
Once a woman finishes breastfeeding, the breasts deflate even further and begin to sag. The weak abdominal muscles and the excess abdominal fat appear as fullness and bulging of the belly. Many new moms may still look pregnant even as their child is taking his or her first steps. Once again, a mommy makeover can help.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover is performed using a unique combination of plastic surgery procedures designed to counteract the physical effects of childbearing, and restore and enhance your body.
In general, a mommy makeover may include:
- Breast augmentation
- Breast lift
- Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
- Butt lift
Mommy makeovers can include any or all of these body contouring procedures depending on your wishes and needs.
For example, some women need breast augmentation to correct severely deflated “pancake” breasts, while others may need breast implants in combination with a breast lift. Still, some women may actually desire a breast reduction with a lift.
In the abdominal area, many women need a full abdominoplasty with tightening of the muscle layer as well as removal of the excess skin and fat, while some may need a mini-abdominoplasty.
Some women may also benefit from liposuction to sculpt the back, hips and thighs; and smooth out their contours.
Finally, an increasing number of women have also been requesting a buttock lift and other buttock-enhancing options such as the Brazilian butt lift as part of their mommy makeover. The length of the surgery varies based on the amount and type of procedures performed. Some surgeons may perform a mommy makeover as two or more separate operations.
Mommy Makeover Procedures
Mommy Makeover options can often be combined into a single procedure, or spaced out over several appointments. Treatments can include:
It’s very common for new mothers to develop an accumulation of excess skin in the breasts, leading to a drooping or sagging appearance. Breast lift surgery eliminates the extra skin and tightens the remainder for a firmer, more “perky” appearance.
If you have lost volume in the breasts after pregnancy, a breast augmentation may be ideal for your needs. With breast implants, our plastic surgeon can add volume and fullness to the breasts with natural-looking results.
Tummy Tuck Surgery
The abdominal muscles are often stretched and pulled apart during pregnancy, ultimately leading to excess skin laxity in the abdomen that can be impossible to improve with exercise alone. A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) pulls these muscles taut and reduces excess skin, giving the abdominal area a firmer, flatter, and more fit look.
Pockets of excess fat can often accumulate in areas such as the arms, legs, love handles, abdomen, neck, and elsewhere on the body. Liposuction removes these fat deposits for a more contoured appearance.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
With laser skin resurfacing, you can address a number of issues that you may be experiencing with your skin. These advanced procedures can diminish signs of age, improve areas affected by brown spots and sun damage, and rejuvenate your skin for a more refreshed and youthful appearance.
Cosmetic Injectable Facial Rejuvenation
Injectable facial rejuvenation treatments can reduce the appearance of fine lines and crow’s feet, as well as add volume and definition to facial features such as the lips and cheeks. These non-surgical treatments can do wonders for the appearance of your skin and provide you with long-lasting, beautiful results.
Recent Abstracts & Updates from Scientific Journals regarding Mommy Makeover
Strategies for Aesthetic Reshaping of the Postpartum Patient.Matarasso A1, Smith DM.Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Aug;136(2):245-57.
Statistics reflect that pregnancies are occurring at a later age, multiple births are becoming more common, and a sizeable population–with a keen interest in nutrition, fitness, and a continued desire to retain a youthful figure–is aging. Consequently, postpartum reshaping is a priority for many women, enough so that the phrase “mommy makeover” has entered the vernacular. In this article, the senior author’s practice was evaluated to explore patient goals, methods, and outcomes in reshaping the postpartum abdomen. A literature review was conducted to assess the state of the art in methods to meet these goals. The postpartum patient often uses her prepregnancy appearance as a barometer for her postpregnancy goals. Although aging is one force motivating women to pursue abdominoplasty, the majority desires the correction of changes related to pregnancy. The abdomen and breasts are the regions most visibly affected by pregnancy, although numerous aesthetic units of the trunk and surrounding regions concern patients seeking postpartum body contouring and they may be part of the patient’s perception and idealization of her appearance. Abdominoplasty is central to postpartum body contouring, and numerous strategies such as concurrent flap, flank, or mons pubis liposuction and waistline enhancement methods are integral components of it. Consideration should also be given to the multiple body areas affected by pregnancy that may enhance the patient’s overall appearance. In the appropriate context, multiple procedures can be safely and effectively combined to address the various regions affected by postpartum changes.
Note from Dr Sreekar Harinatha: This study validates the use of combination of procedures during mommy makeover. This study also evaluated the efficiency of surgery in reshaping the body after pregnancy.
2. Combined breast surgery and abdominoplasty: strategies for success.Matarasso A1, Smith DM.Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 May;135(5):849e-860e.
Abdominoplasty and breast surgery are frequently appealing to patients as combined procedures. The practice of combining abdominoplasty with other procedures originates from abdominoplasty performed in conjunction with intraabdominal or gynecologic surgery. Initially, the focus of combined surgery was on ensuring safety and minimizing local (e.g., wound healing) complications. As surgeons began combining abdominoplasty with distant procedures such as breast surgery, because the individual procedures have little adverse impact on one another and are not altered because of the combination, concerns with systemic morbidity surpassed the initial focus on avoiding local complications. Prevention of venous thromboembolism became a paramount concern. The authors perform abdominoplasty in conjunction with other procedures more frequently than in isolation, reflecting broader societal demand. Indeed, because of the effects of pregnancy and aging, abdominoplasty is being performed in conjunction with breast surgery with frequency sufficient to have driven the term “mommy makeover” into mainstream parlance. Consideration regarding length of surgery and the other recommendations in this report allows for the safe and successful execution of this common combination.
Note from Dr Sreekar Harinatha: Combined surgeries during Mommy Makeover has many advantages. This study evaluated the various aspects of combined surgeries and concluded its efficacy.