Childbirth affects a woman’s body in many ways. Most of the time, it changes their physical appearance, leaving many women with concerns about their new bodies. Fortunately, a skilled cosmetic surgeon at Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery & MedSpa in Vero Beach, FL can give you a mommy makeover to reverse the effects of childbirth. A mommy makeover can help you regain the body you had before giving birth and can also allow you to make a few physical improvements based on your preferences.
What Is a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover is a general term referring to several aesthetic treatment processes designed to help women reverse the physical changes caused by childbirth. It focuses on the face, breasts and body, but it’s also about making you feel better about your entire self. This makeover can involve non-surgical treatment processes, cosmetic surgery or a combination of both. The important thing is that you be in control of your treatment choices and make the changes that will help you feel better.
Benefits of a Mommy Makeover
Sometimes childbirth brings some unwanted physical changes to a woman’s body. Some of the most common changes include stretched abdominal muscles, sagging breasts and excess loose skin. This affects the comfort and self-confidence of many women, especially those who have tried to seek relief through a healthy diet and exercise but haven’t seen the changes they desire.
Since a mommy makeover focuses on reversing the physical changes caused by childbirth and on giving you the appearance you desire, it can help you regain your former body and improve your comfort and self-confidence.
Every client has her makeover preferences, but the majority choose one or more of the following:
- Correction of sagging breasts and restoration of breast volume
- Improvement of breast symmetry
- Repair of stretched or separated abdominal muscles
- Repair of large or stretched areola/nipple
- Removal of fat that does not go away even after adhering to a strict diet and exercise routine
- Reduction of excess sagging skin around the abdomen area
When to Get a Makeover
Deciding when to get a mommy makeover is a matter of personal choice between you and the cosmetic surgeon. Consider the following factors when deciding the right time and procedures for a makeover:
- You must have recovered fully from childbirth before any surgery
- You should wait for your breasts to return to a stable size and shape, which happens several months after you finish breastfeeding
- You should avoid some non-surgical treatment options, such as injectables, while breastfeeding
- If you plan on having more kids, choose non-surgical body contouring and skin treatments
- For a few weeks after undergoing surgery, you should not lift things over 5-10lbs, so you might need help during this period
Many moms looking for a makeover undergo one or more surgical procedures. Typically, a cosmetic surgeon can perform multiple procedures during a single hospital visit to allow the client to correct several areas during one surgery. Additionally, performing multiple cosmetic procedures in one session also allows the client to have only one recovery period.
A breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure meant to increase breast size and improve the shape of the breast. To achieve this, a cosmetic surgeon places saline or silicone breast implants in the breasts. Breast augmentation is an ideal treatment option for noticeable breast asymmetry and tuberous breast deformities.
Breast Implant Options
Breast implant options are almost endless. You can achieve any shape and size you desire. Whether you desire some dramatic curves or you just want a noticeable cleavage, breast implants have your back. Here are some options to consider:
During a breast implant, the following filling options are available:
- Silicone gel
- “Gummy Bear” implants
With the help of your surgeon, you will decide what filling type is the best for you depending on the feel, cost and incision requirements necessary for each.
Silicone gel and saline fillings give you a round shape, while gummy bear fillings give you a shaped and rounded option. The silicone gel and saline fillings offer a fuller upper pole, while gummy bears give your breasts a gently sloping look.
With the help of your surgeon, you will choose the best profile depending on your goals and current proportions. A higher profile implant is better for petite clients seeking to increase the size of their breasts.
The size of breast implants varies from 150cc to 800cc or more. In most cases, clients use breast implants of different sizes in each breast for better symmetry. There are some factors to consider before deciding on the best size for you, including your current breast size, your goals and the advice of your surgeon.
A breast lift gives you a perkier, firmer and more attractively shaped breasts. During a breast lift, a cosmetic surgeon gives the breast a more youthful look by removing excess and stretched skin, reshaping the breast tissue and adjusting the position of the areola or nipple to a more forward position. Depending on the preferences of a client, the surgeon can also reduce the size of a stretched areola.
Who needs a breast lift?
- Someone whose nipples are point downward
- Someone whose nipples or areola sit beneath the inframammary fold
- Someone who is unhappy with their breast size; especially when in a bra
- Someone who feels their breasts are unusually shaped
Vertical or “Lollipop” Lift
This common type of breast lift is ideal for moderately sagging breasts. The lollipop lift is also popular among many clients since it gives more room for extensive breast reshaping. During a vertical lift, a surgeon can change the shape of the entire breast, leaving only minimal inconspicuous scars. In this procedure, a cosmetic surgeon makes two incisions on the breasts. The first incision in on the circumferences of the areola, while the second is from under the areola to the inframammary fold, resulting in a lollipop shape.
Peri-Areolar or “Donut” Lift
The donut lift is ideal for mildly sagging breasts. During this procedure, a cosmetic surgeon makes an incision on the circumference of the areola. A donut lift is performed together with a breast augmentation for the best results. A donut lift is also a good option for clients seeking to reduce the size of their areola.
Inverted T or “Anchor” Lift
The anchor lift is ideal for extensive sagging. It is usually performed when a client requires dramatic reshaping. During the anchor lift, the cosmetic surgeon makes three incisions to remove a sizeable amount of excess skin and sagging tissues. The first incision is on the circumference of the areola, the second is from under the areola to the breast crease, and the third incision is along the inframammary fold.
A tummy tuck reshapes and tightens the stomach area to give you a slimmer, more aesthetically appealing abdomen. This can improve how your clothes fit and look, increasing your comfort and self-confidence. During a tummy tuck, the surgeon removes excessive saggy skin and tightens the abdominal area, resulting in a flatter and better-toned belly.
Who needs a tummy tuck?
- Someone who has lost weight by exercising and following a healthy diet but still has a protruding belly
- Someone with stretched abdominal muscles and saggy skin
- Someone with excess skin around the belly, especially after losing weight
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that aims to remove fat deposits giving you the shape that you desire. Cosmetic surgeons often use liposuction to refine the outcome of other cosmetic procedures for the best results. The dynamic nature of liposuction allows the surgeon to make elaborate and complex body improvements.
Who needs liposuction?
- Someone who is concerned about fat that won’t go away even after following a healthy diet and getting routine exercise
- Some who feels certain body areas are not proportionate to the rest of the body
- Someone with elastic skin
- Someone who is satisfied with their general weight
Feminine rejuvenation is a procedure that tightens, reshapes and reduces genital tissues. This gives the woman a firmer tone and symmetrical appearance. Although many women go for feminine rejuvenation for aesthetic reasons, some seek relief from issues caused by vaginal tissue laxity. Some of the issues associated with vaginal tissue laxity include stress, urinary incontinence and painful sexual intercourse.
Who needs feminine rejuvenation?
- Someone who seeks to get rid of stress urinary incontinence
- Someone who wants to feel more comfortable in tight clothing and in swimsuits
- Someone who is tired of vaginal dryness
- Someone who wants to enhance her sexual sensations
Not all mommy makeovers involve surgical procedures. Non-surgical options are ideal for women who might have more children in the future and also those who cannot take weeks off to recover. Although the results delivered by non-surgical options cannot compare to those delivered by surgical options, they are still impressive and offer significant improvements.
Non-Surgical Fat Reduction
This involves several minimally invasive treatments to reduce fat deposits in specific areas. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved some treatment options to help you with gradual, modest fat reduction without surgery and the associated downtime. Some non-surgical treatment options include Corylopsis, ultrasound, injectable treatments, Red Light Therapy and laser fat reduction.
Non-surgical skin tightening treatments use targeted energy to stimulate the production of elastin and collagen, which are responsible for improving skin tone and texture. Some of the treatment options include radiofrequency, ultrasound and IPL/radiofrequency combination.
Advanced technology has enabled cosmetic surgeons to reduce cellulite using minimally invasive treatments. After reversing the changes caused by cellulite, you are left with a smoother, firmer skin tone. Treatment options for cellulite reduction include non-laser treatments (radiofrequency and ultrasound), laser cellulite reduction (Cellulaze), mechanical cellulite reduction (Cellfina), and massage and topical creams.
Injectables: Botox and Fillers
Botox injections are the most popular cosmetic treatments in the United States. They are effective tools for fighting wrinkles and rejuvenating the appearance. Dermal fillers help to soften creases, smooth lines, enhance facial appearance and restore former volume.
Get Your Body Back
Giving birth should be a glorious experience that brings joy to a woman. Sometimes this important life process comes with unwanted side effects, however. Fortunately, a mommy makeover can reverse these changes and even create room for improvement. For more information on how you can regain your pre-pregnancy body, visit us at Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery & MedSpa in Vero Beach, FL.