Reshape Your Body
March 6, 2014
Some women are lucky and bounce right back into their pre-pregnancy shape. For others, the quest to regain a toned abdomen and perky breasts seems about as easy as scaling the Himalayas.
When diet and exercise fail to help, there are cosmetic surgeries that can. Learn more about two popular surgeries used in "mommy makeovers".
There are two factors related to pregnancy that really impact a woman's body. First, the baby itself stretches out the skin on the abdomen. Even after the baby is born, it takes up to eight weeks for the uterus to return to a pre-pregnancy state.
The skin, especially when stretch marks are involved, may not bounce right back. Add in weight gain and fat stores that are necessary for the baby but can be taxing to lose.
It's not surprising that women have a hard time returning to their former shape. Some never do. The second issue involves the breasts. Additional weight from extra breast tissue and fat and milk production can leave your breasts saggy and even smaller following pregnancy breastfeeding.
Learn About the Breast Lift
The breast lift is a surgical procedure that helps lift the breast to a more youthful position. It can also help create a firmer breast with a more pleasing shape. If your areola grew during breastfeeding or pregnancy, something that often occurs, a breast lift can also address that issue.
To perform a breast lift, a surgeon makes incision that is typically in the shape of an anchor, circling the areola and then extending vertically downward and ending horizontally in the crease beneath the breast. Through this incision, breast tissue is lifted to a higher position and reshaped.
If you want to increase your breast size, saline or silicone implants can be added. Once the breast is in a higher position, the nipple and areola are repositioned, any excess skin is removed, and incisions are closed. The entire surgery can take up to three hours to complete.
After the surgery, your plastic surgeon places dressings over the incisions and wraps your chest in elastic bandages. These bandages are replaced a few days later, when you're switched to a supportive bra that you have to wear all day and night, even when sleeping. Expect some bruising and swelling that can last for a few weeks. Your breasts may feel numb for up to six weeks.
Learn About Abdominoplasty
Better known as a tummy tuck, abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that tones and tightens muscle and skin of the abdomen. After anesthesia is administered, your surgeon makes an incision over the pubic area that runs from one hipbone to the other. Another incision is made at the belly button. The slack muscle is addressed, excess skin and fat are removed, and the incisions are closed. This entire procedure takes up to five hours.
After the tummy tuck, dressings are often placed over the incisions. You will feel swollen and bruised, and the swelling may be visible for three or four days. Bruising and swelling can take weeks to resolve, and you wear compression garments during this recovery process.
Two Things to Consider
Prior to any “mommy makeover” procedures, it’s advised that you make sure you are truly done having children. Future pregnancies can reverse the improvements made through abdominoplasty and a breast lift. Another thing to take into consideration is the age of your child.
Following these surgeries, heavy lifting must be avoided for a number of weeks. If you still have a child who likes to be picked up and held, you'll need someone around to take over your mommy duties or wait until your child is older and no longer needs to be picked up.
Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery offers a full range of facial plastic surgery and body surgery options. Dr. Masri handles facial cosmetic procedures and Dr. Gupta is the cosmetic body surgery specialist. View Dr. Masri and Dr. Gupta's cosmetic surgery photo gallery to view the results of breast lifts and tummy tucks. To schedule a free consultation, reach Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery at (866) 487-3223.