It’s going to be another hot, sunny summer throughout Florida, which provides plenty of opportunities to take a swim in the pool or the Gulf. If you’re body has experienced pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding, then you already know what kind of a toll that these life events can have on your body. After having a baby, many women feel a little less than thrilled with the way they look in a swimsuit.
A “mommy makeover” refers to a combination of surgical procedures designed to restore a woman’s body to its pre-pregnancy shape. After childbirth, many women find that their breasts have become sagging and deflated, the abdominal skin loose and the underlying stomach muscles separated. The body can also store pockets of fat that are stubborn and remain even with a healthy diet and exercise. Each patient has different needs and each mommy makeover should be uniquely designed to meet those needs.
Typically, the largest portion of a mommy makeover is the tummy tuck. A tummy tuck sculpts the abdomen by surgically reconnecting the muscles that run vertical down the center of the abdomen. Next, the skin and tissue in the lower abdomen area is pulled downward to remove loose skin and stretch marks when needed. For patients with stretch marks on the lower abdomen, a tummy tuck is a great way to remove most or all of the stretch marks.
A breast augmentation and/or a breast lift is usually the other main part of a mommy makeover. If the patient has “deflated” breasts with little or no sag, a breast augmentation using implants maybe all that is needed to restore their pre-baby silhouette. However, if a woman’s breasts have sagged due to weight fluctuations and/or breast feeding, a breast lift may be necessary. A breast lift can be performed with or without breast implants. Your doctor will be able to recommend the best option in order to give you the look you want. Regardless of the method chosen, our board-certified plastic surgeons will contour your breasts giving them a beautiful shape.
Often times liposuction is included in a mommy makeover. It’s a great addition because stubborn pockets of fat can change the contour of the figure. Liposuction can sculpt the waist, hips and/or thighs, giving the body beautiful contours.
If you’ve been considering a mommy makeover or any one of the procedures listed above, schedule a consultation with one of our award-winning, board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Jocelyn Leveque or Dr. Peter Butler.
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