Having children is one of life’s greatest experiences, but pregnancy and breastfeeding wreak havoc on the body. If you feel self-conscious of the ways your physique has changed after having children, the team at Atlanta Plastic & Reconstructive Specialists can help, with a procedure called mommy makeover.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding can have several unwanted effects on the body — specifically, the breasts and abdomen. The breast skin can stretch and the breasts may lose/gain volume, resulting in a breast size that is disproportionate to the rest of the body. The breasts may lose their full, youthful shape and look flat. The breasts can sag on the chest wall and the nipples may point downward. In the abdominal region, the skin may lose its youthful, elastic tone and sag on the lower abdomen. The abdominal muscles can weaken or separate. Surplus fat deposits can crop up on the abdomen and other areas around the body.
Diet and exercise do not have any effect on these developments, and surgical intervention becomes necessary to restore a youthful, attractive appearance.
To determine whether you are a suitable candidate for mommy makeover, it is recommended you visit our Atlanta plastic surgery practice for a consultation. At this time, our plastic surgeons will inquire about your specific cosmetic concerns. A physical examination of your “problem areas” will be performed. Our surgeons will draft a plan of treatment to satisfy your anatomical needs and goals of surgery.
Generally, mommy makeover candidates are women who are:
Frustrated by their post-baby body
In good physical health with no chronic, uncontrolled medical conditions
Aware of the possible risks
Positive about the surgical outcomes
Mommy makeover combines two or more procedures to enhance the appearance of the breasts and body. Mommy makeover treatment plans differ, according to the needs and goals of the specific patient. The operation is generally performed on an outpatient basis and an overnight stay is not required. Anesthesia is always used for patient comfort.
Mommy makeover typically includes tummy tuck surgery to eliminate excess abdominal fat and skin and repair weakened or separated abdominal muscles. Usually, mommy makeover also includes one or more procedures to modify the breasts. For example, saggy breasts might be lifted to a more youthful position, small or flat breasts augmented with implants or oversized breasts reduced in size. Downward-pointing nipples can be corrected and oversized areolas modified. In some mommy makeover cases, liposuction techniques are used to remove diet and exercise-resistant fat pockets from the buttocks, hips, thighs or upper arms.
Surgical side effects such as bruising, swelling and soreness are common, yet temporary. Initially, range of motion is limited, depending on the areas of the body that have been treated. Oral medication can be taken as prescribed, if needed. The patient can gradually return to normal activities, including work, exercise and socializing, upon our surgeons’ recommendations.
To speak with our Atlanta plastic surgeons about your post-baby body goals, please schedule a consultation at our practice. Call us today to make an appointment!