Pregnancies take a heavy a toll on the body, affecting not just the internal health but also the external appearance. Nine months of pregnancy and a few more months of nursing leave the body quite altered from its original look.
A mother might consider a score of options to regain her prior look. These may amount to multiple medical surgeries, which can feel daunting and discouraging. However, a new and preferred alternative is now being offered by plastic surgeons called a Mommy Makeover. This combines the breast augmentation and tummy tuck procedures in a single session.
While some women are able attain their pre-pregnancy bodies without surgery, most must consider surgical methods in order to effect change. Breast volume loss is a typical post-pregnancy issue caused by hormonal changes.
Breast augmentation is a cosmetic medical procedure used to increase or enhance breast size and projection. The primary aim of this procedure is to create a more symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing breast profile. Here are a few things to keep in mind during your consultation:
- Filling Type: Silicone gel and saline are the most commonly used filling types for implants. The difference lies in costs, feel, and incision requirements
- Shape: The options are round or teardrop-shaped (anatomical). Round implants provide a fuller upper shape, while anatomical implants provide a sloping look.
- Profile: This is decided upon based on your overall body profile and size. Your consultation should include details of what fits you best.
- Size: This varies depending on your existing breast size and the intent of the procedure.
Several advancements have been achieved in these procedures, and a qualified practitioner will ensure that incision marks are easily hidden and inconspicuous.
The abdominal region is affected the most during and after pregnancy. Stretch marks form, loose drooping skin appears, and there is excess volume due to sagging muscles and new pockets of fatty tissue.
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, reshapes and tightens the stomach region, giving it an overall slimmer appearance. The procedure involves elimination of excess sagging tissues and tightening of the abdominal muscles. This leads to a correction in the protruding belly and results in the appearance of a flatter, better-toned midsection.
Because the Mommy Makeover procedure involves performing breast augmentation and the tummy tuck in a single sitting, it allows for simultaneous recovery. This is easier on both the body and the schedule as compared to two separate recovery periods from separate procedures.
Once the procedure is completed, one can expect to get back home within a couple of days. It is advised to avoid any strenuous physical activities for the next two to four weeks. Normal work can be resumed within two to four weeks.
The patient will need to come in for periodic follow-ups as instructed to ensure quality results. At the end of the recovery period, and with proper care, the patient can enjoy a return to her pre-baby body.
The Mommy Makeover Might Be Right for You
Find out if the Mommy Makeover procedure is your ideal choice – contact the office of Dr. Alexander Golger. Dr. Golger is a board-certified plastic surgeon and will be happy to answer your questions during a consultation.