Mommy Makeovers

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

love your body - pregnancyThe 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.

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Seeing Eyelid Surgery More Clearly

Are you frustrated by sagging skin and wrinkles around your eyes? Eyelid surgery, known in the medical community as a blepharoplasty, is unique in that it falls among the few cosmetic procedures that may be covered by medical insurance. Eyelid surgery removes wrinkles, folds, and loose skin around the eyes to improve appearance and vision. If you’re having problems with excess skin around your upper or lower eyelids, ask Dr. Brantner’s office about an eye lift procedure.

Eye Lift Procedures

older female patientEyelid surgery can be performed alone or in conjunction with a full facelift. The procedure smooths lines around the eyes, removes excess skin, and reduces puffiness due to fat deposits. By lifting drooping eyelids, eyelid surgery restores patients to a more youthful appearance, allowing the brightness of their eyes to shine through. Patients experiencing vision problems due to skin folds may be candidates for eyelid surgery for medical reasons. If you have experienced limited eyesight due to sagging skin above or below the eyes, ask your insurance provider if eyelid rejuvenation falls under your coverage.

Good Candidates for Eyelid Surgery

As with any plastic surgery procedure, good candidates for eyelid surgery are non-smokers with no medical conditions known to cause complications. Candidates may also have:

  • Excess skin that causes folds and wrinkles around the eyes, potentially impairing vision
  • Visible bags beneath the eyes
  • Puffy, fatty deposits on the upper or lower eyelids
  • Wrinkles and fine lines on the lower eyelids
  • Drooping skin on the lower lid that exposes the whites of the eyes

Do you believe you’re a good candidate for an eyelid rejuvenation procedure? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Brantner to determine if eyelid surgery is right for you.

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