Pregnancy and childbirth are among the most physically taxing experiences a woman will ever go through. Muscles and skin stretch dramatically, leaving behind stretch marks and lax muscles that are no longer able to contract the way they used to. Childbirth can leave you, as a new mother, seeking to regain the body you worked hard to maintain.
If you have felt uncomfortable with the changes in your body since giving birth, a Mommy Makeover may be the solution for you. Our Jacksonville plastic surgeons have performed many Mommy Makeovers and can help you regain your sleek, pre-motherhood silhouette.
The rapid, dramatic growth of the uterus during pregnancy stretches not only the skin, creating stretch marks, but also stretches the abdominal muscles beneath. In spite of diligent exercise after childbirth, the lax, flabby look of the abdomen can oftentimes remain. Even weight loss does not necessarily improve abdominal tone, because the laxness is not caused by fat or lack of muscle tone. Instead, this laxity occurs because the connective tissue that surround the abdominal muscles have also been stretched.
In addition, the breasts grow rapidly and dramatically during pregnancy, with similar cosmetic consequences. Even after you have given birth and are finished nursing your child, the breasts might remain loose and saggy, though they have returned to their original size.
A Mommy Makeover combines cosmetic surgery procedures to restore firmness to both the breasts and abdomen. A breast lift, possibly combined with a breast augmentation, lifts the breasts and restores their original shape, size and tone. A tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck removes excess skin, repairs stretched or torn muscles and connective tissue, and removes lingering fat from the abdominal area. Some women also choose to have thigh lifts or buttock lifts as part of a Mommy Makeover. Discussing your goals with our doctors will help you determine what combination of procedures will be best for you.
Each Mommy Makeover is different. Your Mommy Makeover will be based on procedures that address your specific objectives and concerns. If you are not concerned about the size, shape and tone of your breasts, for example, your Mommy Makeover will not include a breast lift.
Any woman in good health who is unhappy with the way her body looks is a candidate for a Mommy Makeover. It is highly recommended that you wait until you no longer desire to become pregnant again before having a Mommy Makeover. If you plan having more children, a Mommy Makeover might not be the best choice at this time. If you become pregnant after a Mommy Makeover, many of the results of the surgery can be undone.
Recovery time after a Mommy Makeover depends upon the type and number of procedures you have chosen, as well as your own overall physical health. If you only have one or two procedures, such as a breast lift and a mini tummy tuck, your recovery time is likely to be several weeks. If, however, you have a full tummy tuck, breast lift and augmentation, and a thigh lift, your complete recovery might take a few months. Recovery time is also shorter if you are in overall good health and if you do not smoke.
To find out more about a Mommy Makeover and how it can restore your confidence as well as your body, please contact our office today.