Motherhood is full of joys and challenges, and can change your life forever. It can also change your body, both inside and out. After you have children, you may notice that your hormones are different or that you suffer from “mom brain.” You may also notice that your body looks completely different than it did before you had children. Whether you’ve given birth once or multiple times, each time, your body has probably gone back to its pre-pregnancy shape – for the most part.
Or maybe your body looks nothing like it did in the years before kids, and you have to exercise and watch what you eat to get rid of those baby-related pounds. No matter the issue, Marotta Plastic Surgery Specialists has the answer. We offer a set of procedures known as a “mommy makeover” designed to address your post-pregnancy body – loose or sagging skin, drooping or deflated breasts and pockets of stubborn fat that won’t respond to your exercise regimen.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover is a combination of surgical procedures performed together to address the issues of a post-baby body. Though it typically includes a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), liposuction, and a breast lift (with or without augmentation), you can add, subtract or change the treatments to create an individualized plan to produce your desired results. The advantage to having several procedures performed at once is that while your initial recovery time might be slightly longer, you are minimizing both cost and recovery time over the long run. Dr. Sheridan has extensive experience and training in body contouring procedures, and will provide you with natural, beautiful results every time.
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
One area of a woman’s body that is affected the most by pregnancy and the associated weight gain is the abdomen. When you lose weight after pregnancy, you’re often left with loose skin hanging from the front of your midsection, and a “pooch” of excess fat that stubbornly refuses to budge despite your best efforts. Most women who choose to undergo a tummy tuck have problem areas that include:
- The skin on the abdomen stays stretched out after pregnancy, causing it to look saggy and wrinkled
- Noticeable stretch marks
- Excess fat on the abdomen that doesn’t respond to exercise
- Diastasis recti – a condition common in women who have been pregnant in which the muscles along the center of your abdomen have separated, leaving just thin tissue that is too weak to support your torso and internal organs. The result is a pooch on your stomach that can only be repaired and eliminated with surgery.
Tummy tuck surgery is designed to reshape and repair your abdomen, both internally and aesthetically, by removing excess fat and redundant skin and tightening your abdominal muscles. Once you’ve recovered, you’ll finally have the flatter, smoother, stomach you’ve worked so hard to achieve. Dr. Sheridan begins the abdominoplasty by making a horizontal incision across your lower abdomen, below your belly button and just above your pubic area. He then lifts the skin, and sutures together the separated abdominal muscles, helping to strengthen the abdominal wall. Once this step is complete, he removes excess fat and skin and trims away redundant tissue, pulling the skin down from your upper abdomen and creating a new opening for your belly button. Once the skin is smooth and taut, he will close the incision, leaving you with the flat stomach you’ve dreamed of.
Liposuction is a minimally-invasive procedure designed to remove pockets of excess fat that, for one reason or another, have not responded to a healthy diet or exercise. Despite what thousands of fitness articles claim, there’s no truly effective way to “spot reduce” if you have stubborn fat in certain areas – because of factors like genetics and natural physiology, you may just tend to hold onto fat in specific parts of your body. Fortunately, liposuction can help to address that problem.
Liposuction is used to improve nearly any part of your body that needs a little boost in contouring. In fact, it has helped almost half a million people get the body they want, making it the number one most popular cosmetic surgery choice in the United States. When you choose liposuction as a part of your mommy makeover, it can add the finishing touches to the slimmer figure you desire. The hips and flanks and tummy are the most commonly treated areas, though depending on your goals, you can choose just about anywhere on your body for treatment. It is essential to remember that liposuction is solely a cosmetic procedure, not a tool for weight loss, so for optimal results, you should be within 10-15 pounds of your goal weight before your surgery.
Liposuction has been in use for more than 40 years, and though there have been minor changes to the procedure, the original technique has remained the same. Dr. Sheridan marks the areas on your body targeted for liposuction, and uses small incisions to insert a thin, narrow tube known as a cannula into your body. The cannula is moved around the treatment area, gently dislodging fat and suctioning it out of your body.
Breast Lift (With or Without Augmentation)
After pregnancy, you may notice changes in your breasts that aren’t necessarily for the better. While the weight gain and milk supply during pregnancy and breastfeeding may have given you the chest you’ve always envied, the reality is that once you finish breastfeeding and lose weight, you’ll also lose volume and shape. Your breasts may hang lower than they used to, or breastfeeding has caused them to look deflated and asymmetrical. These are common issues, but also easily fixable. Dr. Sheridan can boost your breasts with a breast lift, and restore volume through augmentation as well.
The primary purpose of a breast lift is to address any ptosis (or sagging) that results from pregnancy, weight loss, or simply the natural aging process. If you only want to undergo a breast lift, Dr. Sheridan will choose an incision type that will work best for your degree of sagging – there are several options, each designed for maximum correction with minimal visible scarring. Using this incision, he will tighten the loose skin, reposition and reshape the underlying tissue, and improve the position and overall contour of your breasts.
If you decide that you would like to restore fullness and volume to your breasts, breast augmentation with implants is an option. Implants will give you back the volume you lost after breastfeeding, and create a more proportional, symmetrical shape. You will also work with Dr. Sheridan to choose the size, shape, material and placement of the implant (either over or under your pectoral muscle). The goal is to enhance your shape while giving you a natural, more youthful appearance.
What to Expect From the Procedure, Results, and Recovery
Mommy makeovers are performed as an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia. When you return home after surgery, you will need to limit your activity for at least the first two weeks of recovery. You will be required to wear compression garments to provide support and protection, as well as help to minimize swelling. Most patients can return to work and get back to their normal activities within one to two weeks after their procedure, though this will depend on the physical demands of your job and how well you are healing. More strenuous exercise and activities are typically limited for four to six weeks, but you will receive specific post-operative instructions and visit Dr. Sheridan for follow-up appointments.
You will be able to see some immediate results after your mommy makeover, but your full results may not be visible until you have fully healed. Tummy tuck, liposuction and breast enhancement results are considered permanent if you maintain a stable, healthy weight, although you may choose to get a touch-up later due to the natural aging process.
If you’ve decided that it’s time to do something for yourself, and get the slender figure you’ve worked so hard for, a mommy makeover may be just what the doctor ordered. Call Marotta Plastic Surgery Specialists today at 631-982-2022 to schedule a consultation.