Most people would agree that there is little that is more beautiful than a young mother with her first child. While pregnancy is not always enjoyable or pleasant, the hormonal changes to a woman’s body often give her a “glow” that is lovely to see, and when her child is placed in her arms to look at and to love, it’s a moment in a lifetime. Anyone is lucky to see it.
Those same hormonal changes that help to prepare a woman’s body for childbirth and nourish her baby both inside and outside the womb, alter her in ways women do not understand until they experience it for themselves. Skin and muscle ligaments soften, stretch, and sometimes even tear. Pregnancy is a dramatic and sometimes traumatic process, but nursing a baby is a taxing one too. After all of this, few women look or feel the same.
A “mommy makeover” is a combination of surgical procedures designed to restore a woman’s body as closely as possible to her pre-pregnancy state. The physical changes described above often result in loose skin, abdominal fat build up, and sagging breasts, particularly when a woman has gone through multiple pregnancies. Some women assume that when they’ve birthed and then weaned their last child, they can pull themselves into pre-baby shape with the right healthy food choices, exercise regimen, and body creams, but they do not understand that skin and muscle is not like a rubber band. It stretches, yes, but it doesn’t just bounce back with hard work and good intentions.
The mommy makeover involves both an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck (with potential liposuction to remove any stubborn abdominal fat) and a breast lift. The abdominoplasty procedure removes any sagging skin, stretch marks, and bulging and restores the tummy to its previous flat condition. Breasts lifts are used to tighten lax breast ligaments and help the breasts regain their previous “perky” look. Breast augmentation can also be done at the same time to add fullness.
Not every woman is a good candidate for a mommy makeover. Women should wait until they’ve completed their childbearing and are certain they do not want to have more children before looking to this as an option. And, of course, they should be in overall good health before considering surgery, as with any procedure.
If you think you are alone in your dissatisfaction with your post-pregnancy body, you are not. Mothers are seeking this type of surgical makeover in greater and greater numbers every year and learning what it can do for their appearance and their confidence. Motherhood doesn’t have to involve a matronly figure. To learn what Bancroft Feldman can do to help you turn back the clock on your body, contact us today.