Are you a candidate for a mommy makeover?
There is no question about it; women’s bodies go through a significant and dynamic process during the 40 weeks of gestation known as pregnancy. The hormonal fluxes of estrogen and progesterone that occur during pregnancy prepare a mother’s body to accommodate a growing baby. Many changes occur in all of a woman’s organ systems including, increased laxity of the pelvic girdle joints (to accommodate an increased abdominal girth), attenuation of the muscle and fascia of the anterior abdominal wall (to accommodate the growing uterus), stretching of the overlying abdominal skin and fat, and enlargement of the breasts as they prepare for milk production (lactation) for the newborn child.
While all of these changes are natural, and necessary, they do have a very real impact of the aesthetic contour of the female body. Some women do recover well, and manage to return to their native figure about one year after giving birth. However, a significant number will have permanent damage. This may include severe laxity of the abdominal skin, laxity of the abdominal wall muscles (resulting in an abdominal “pooch”) overlying stretch marks of the abdomen, and stretching and sagging of the breast tissue.
Patients ask me all the time: How do I know if I am a candidate for a Mommy Makeover? When it comes to post-pregnancy body contouring, there is no simple answer. However, potential candidates for Mommy Makeover Surgery include any women who experience some or all of these findings:
- Abdominal wall laxity or hanging, sagging abdominal skin
- Stubborn areas of fat on the hips and waist that do not go away with exercise and diet alone.
- Loss of volume or sagging of the breast tissue.
- Development of an umbilical hernia during the pregnancy.
- Unsightly, indented, hypertrophic or painful C-section scar.
- Stretched out or permanently enlarged labia minorae.
Correction of these problems is possible with a mommy makeover. The surgical approach will be different for each patient. The following are some of the options:
- Breast Rejuvenation: This can include Breast Augmentation (Breast Implant Surgery) with Saline Breast Implants or Silicone Gel Breast Implants, Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy), Breast Augmentation and Lift, Correction of Congenital Breast Deformities (such as Tuberous Breast Deformity), and Breast Reduction.
- Revision Breast Surgery: This can include breast implant removal, breast implant removal and replacement, breast capsule surgery (breast capsulectomy), correction of breast implant malposition, placement of biologic mesh for breast implant support.
- Abdominal Surgery: This can include abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), mini-abdominoplasty, reverse abdominoplasty, ventral incisional hernia repair, umbilical hernia repair, and liposuction of the abdomen.
- Body Sculpturing: This can include contouring the body with liposuction of the abdomen, waist, back, and thighs.
- Labiaplasty: This involves surgery to reduce the size and volume of the labia minorae.