Becoming a mother will change your life forever. However, for most women, it is not only their lives that are permanently affected but their bodies too. Pregnancy and childbirth is a process that can cause a woman’s body to go through some drastic changes, and when her body fails to return to exactly how it was before, it can have a profound effect on her confidence and self-esteem.
A Mommy Makeover is the name given to a series of cosmetic surgery procedures that aim to address the most common changes to a woman’s body after becoming a mother. These are normally performed together in one operation, which eliminates the need for downtime during procedures and allows the patient to achieve a complete transformation in just one surgery.
Collectively, the procedures included in a Mommy Makeover address the most common effects of pregnancy and nursing which can include sagging and loss of volume in the breasts, skin stretching, and weight gain over the abdomen, and sometimes additional weight and skin on the thighs, hips, and buttocks.
Procedures included in a Mommy Makeover
Standard procedures that are included in a Mommy Makeover usually include:
A breast lift
A breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, involves raising the breast by tightening the surrounding tissue. This gives the breasts added height, making them look perkier and more youthful.
In some cases, a woman may choose to have her breast lift accompanied by augmentation surgery. This is where prosthetic implants or fat from another part of the body is inserted into the chest cavity to add volume to the breast, restoring it to its former fullness.
A tummy tuck
The abdomen is the part of the body most affected by pregnancy, stretching to accommodate the new life growing inside you. Whether or not someone “springs back” is often down to genetics, but few women find that their abdomen returns exactly to how it was before. Many find that they develop a stubborn area of fat in the area between the pubic bone and belly button, and this also tends to be where any excess skin accumulates.
A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that flattens the stomach by removing any excess skin and tightening the underlying abdominal muscles. Some scarring is unavoidable, but many women feel that this is a better alternative to living with the permanent side effects of pregnancy.
Weight gain is a virtually unavoidable side effect of becoming a mom, and even if many shed the baby weight down the line, you may still be left with stubborn pockets of fat that even the most vigorous diet and exercise cannot shift. Liposuction is the most popular cosmetic surgery solution for these areas of the body and is a common choice of patients who are interested in a Mommy Makeover. The areas that are usually targeted include the abdomen, thighs, hips, and buttocks.
Liposuction involves sucking the fat out of small incisions made in the body, but as a minimally invasive procedure, there is little scarring and recovery is usually straightforward and reasonably fast. Once healing has taken place, the patient will benefit from a flatter, smoother, smaller body
Dr. LoTempio understands the life-changing effects that motherhood can have on your body and will work with you to recommend which surgical procedures can be beneficial. Every Mommy Makeover is unique to the patient, and which procedures are right for you will be discussed with you at your confidential consultation appointment. To arrange your consultation with Dr. LoTempio and get started on your Mommy Makeover journey, call our Manhattan, NY office today at 347-434-8600