Just in time for Mother’s Day on May 8,
a sampling of the post-baby bodies restored to a pre-baby, or should we say Oh Baby state with the assistance of Dr. Gilbert Lee at Changes Plastic Surgery. Most Moms say that motherhood is their most rewarding accomplishment and their lives have changed for the better because of it. Snips and snails and puppy dog tails and sugar and spice and everything nice. That’s what motherhood is made of.
But not everything is nice when it comes to the physical changes that pregnancy leaves behind.
- Loss of breast fullness
- Drooping breasts
- Rounding of the abdomen with loss of muscle strength
- Abdominal hernias
- Hanging abdominal skin
- Stretch marks
- Thickened waistline
- Loss of vaginal tone
Even if you have no time for the gym and no time to eat because of little Junior, don’t feel bad. The conditions above cannot be improved by diet or exercise. You need a little surgical intervention.
A Mommy Makeover is often used to describe a combination of procedures designed to return Mom to body-before-baby. The most common procedures are breast augmentation with or without a lift (mastopexy) and a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Enlarged nipples and areola can also be surgically reduced during breast procedures. Read more
During pregnancy, the muscles of the stomach can separate with resulting roundness or “pooch”. Many moms endure hundreds of crunches in an attempt to flatten the stomach, only to find out from Dr. Lee that the muscles must be sewn back together for correction of the separated abdominal muscles (diastasis).
Liposuction can assist in removing stubborn fat from a thickened waistline and improve the appearance of the flank area (muffin top). Many women opt to have liposuction performed on the inner and outer thighs as well.
Stretch marks are tough to improve, although some stretch marks can be removed as a result of excess skin excised in the tummy tuck process. Fractional laser treatments like Fraxel Re:Store can also minimize the appearance of stretch marks but will not get rid of them completely.|
Perhaps the most personally distressing issue post pregnancy is the loss of vaginal tone. Loosening of the vaginal canal is caused by the stretching of the muscles and lining of the vagina and loosening of the muscles of the pelvis. These structures are most affected during the actual birth process, and never fully recover to their native state.
Swelling and stretching of the labia during childbirth can result in excess and hanging skin of the labia. Visually and physically, this can be disconcerting and does not have to be a permanent post baby change. Dr. Lee performs vaginoplasty and labiaplasty with great skill, discretion and compassion.
Mommy Makeovers are best performed when baby making is over. Many of the procedures can be done at the same time depending on the number of procedures and time needed in the operating room to perform them. Often Mom still has little ones at home, so an overnight hospital stay is recommended and care taken in the days after surgery when lifting the little ones.
The Mommy Makeover is highly rewarding for both the improvement in physical appearance and mental improvement in self-esteem. Baby, you had the baby, now baby yourself with a well-earned Mommy Makeover. Call Changes Plastic Surgery for your consultation at 858-720-1440 or fill out the convenient contact form on this page.