Having a child is one of life’s seminal moments. But why did it have to come with the side benefit of trashing your figure?! Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can be tough on a woman’s body. Breasts that were firm and high now sag and droop. A tummy area that was relatively tight now sports a little pooch. And fat pockets have developed here and there that don’t respond to exercise or dietary changes.
Maybe it’s time for a mommy makeover with Dr. Low or Dr. Cheung to regain some of those attributes to your figure that pregnancy and childbirth seem to have taken away.
What makes up a mommy makeover?
A “mommy makeover” simply denotes a combination of procedures that address the areas of the body most affected by pregnancy, breastfeeding, and childbirth. Every patient’s needs are different, but our Cosmetic and Reconstructive Specialists surgeons work with you to customize the areas you want to address. A mommy makeover typically involves a breast lift with or without augmentation, a tummy tuck, and liposuction.
Who could benefit from a mommy makeover?
If you’ve had a child or children and now find that your abdominal skin and muscles are stretched and loose, if you have fat deposits in certain areas of the body such as your thighs, and if your breasts are sagging and have lost volume — those are all conditions that are excellent for a mommy makeover.
What is important, however, is that you know you are not going to have any more children. This is because any changes made by your mommy makeover will be negated by another pregnancy. Also, you should have lost most if not all of your pregnancy weight and have been at a stable weight for a few months.
- Tummy tuck — The goal in a tummy tuck is to regain a firm, sculpted lower and mid-abdomen area. One incision is made at the bikini line and possibly a second around the belly button. Underlying muscles are tightened, and excess skin is trimmed before it is reattached.
- Liposuction — This minimally invasive procedure can be stand-alone, or in combination with your tuck. Tiny incisions are made, a saline solution (combined with anesthetic and adrenaline) is injected, and then a cannula is inserted to suction out the unwanted fat pockets.
- Breast lift — A breast lift returns the breasts to a higher, firmer position on the chest. Excess skin will likely be trimmed, and the nipple complex probably moved higher. A lift can be accompanied by augmentation to regain lost volume or to increase size.