As any mother knows, pregnancy takes a huge toll on the body. Pregnancy causes stretching of the abdominal muscles and skin, and naturally causes the body to accumulate fat deposits. While these effects of pregnancy are natural and even healthy for the baby, they can permanently alter a woman’s figure. For this reason, many women choose cosmetic surgery to restore their pre-motherhood appearance and regain the self-confidence that comes with having an attractive body shape. There are several body sculpting options for repairing the effects of pregnancy on the body. The key elements of a “Mommy Makeover” include breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction, and/or abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).
Breast Augmentation/Breast Lift
During pregnancy and breastfeeding, your breasts may swell and begin to sag or otherwise lose their shape. A primary part of a Mommy Makeover involves reshaping the breasts to regain the youthful appearance they had before pregnancy. If you were not fully satisfied with your breast size or shape before pregnancy, breast augmentation can be an attractive option for achieving your desired appearance when you are done having children.
To reshape sagging or stretched breast tissue, a breast lift is often implemented. A breast lift will restore the nipple and surrounding tissue to their aesthetically ideal position and firm up the lower breast to maintain a perkier, more youthful shape. Breast lifts can be performed alone or in combination with breast augmentation or breast reduction surgery.
As all mothers know, pregnancy causes your body to accumulate fat to store energy for the baby. After the baby is born, however, that fat is no longer necessary. A viable option for removing excess fat deposits from the abdomen, thighs, arms, and other areas is liposuction. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat from under the skin via a small tube called a cannula.
Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
While liposuction removes excess fat, it does not remove the excess skin left by the stretching effect of pregnancy. Therefore, another primary part of the Mommy Makeover can be abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck. Abdominoplasty removes excess skin from the waistline while tightening abdominal muscles for a trimmer, slimmer look. Performed alone or in combination with liposuction, a tummy tuck can reverse the negative effects of pregnancy and restore your pre-motherhood figure.
While pregnancy and motherhood will change your life forever, they need not change your figure forever. Just because you have children doesn’t mean you must accept the negative effects of pregnancy as permanent changes to your appearance. Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. Bottger will inform you of all your options as well as the risks and benefits of each.
To learn more about breast augmentation/breast lift, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), liposuction and other elements of the Mommy Makeover, contact Philadelphia body sculpting surgeon Dr. Bottger today to schedule a free consultation.