For most women children transform life. Childbirth brings joy, fulfillment, and hope for the future. Many mothers, however, are less than ecstatic about the transformation their bodies go through during pregnancy. Skin stretches during pregnancy, often leading to sagging breasts, loose abdominal skin, stretch marks, and fatty deposits. Many women find that these changes are not temporary and learn to live with self-consciousness. Others choose “Mommy Makeovers,” a popular plastic surgery trend that improves self-confidence by addressing misshapen breasts, sagging abdominal muscles, and other post-pregnancy body changes.
Plastic Surgery After Pregnancy
The most common post-pregnancy body rejuvenation procedures are tummy tucks and breast enhancements, but Mommy Makeovers are entirely unique for each patient. During a consultation Dr. Brantner asks his patient what areas of her body make her feel self-conscious, which surgical procedures she’s comfortable with, and what’s her desired outcome of each enhancement. With a combination of his expert knowledge and her desired results, Dr. Brantner and his patient will determine what surgeries are right for her.
Breast Enhancement and Abdominoplasty
When women seek to restore their pre-pregnancy bodies, they typically start with tummy tucks and breast enhancement. After childbirth many women have scars and stretch marks, loose abdominal muscles, and stretched or sagging skin around the navel. An abdominoplasty removes extra skin and tightens the abdominal muscles, restoring a smoother, more youthful stomach. Many women also experience swelling, shrinking, or sagging of the breasts during and after pregnancy. Breast lift surgery restores the natural perkiness of the breasts without adding volume. Women who have lost breast density (or had small breasts before pregnancy) may want to have a breast augmentation to increase the size of the breasts. Breast lifts and breast augmentations can be done together or individually.
A few things to remember about Mommy Makeovers:
- Plastic surgery helps improve self-image. Don’t undergo a cosmetic procedure for your spouse, family, or friends.
- Plastic surgery is not meant to replace good diet and regular exercise. Many post-pregnancy body flaws can be fixed by implementing a healthier lifestyle.
- If you are planning another pregnancy, you may want to wait before having an abdominoplasty or breast lift.
- Consider whether your recovery period (3-5 weeks) will upset your family life.
- Dr. Brantner reserves the right to refuse any surgery he believes is not in the best interest of the patient.
Are you ready to revive your pre-pregnancy body? Call Dr. Brantner’s office to schedule your Mommy Makeover surgery consultation.