Mommy Makeover

Mommy Makeover Saginaw

Having a baby can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a woman’s life. Unfortunately, pregnancy and breast-feeding often result in unwanted changes in a woman’s body, such as drooping breasts, enlarged areolas, a bulge of the upper abdomen, pockets of fat in the abdomen, stretch marks, and a sagging tummy that no amount of exercise and dieting seems to fix. The loose muscles and stretched skin improve somewhat over time, but the body never completely returns to the way it was before pregnancy.

It used to be that women were resigned to living with these natural changes in their bodies. Now, however, more and more women are seeking out plastic surgeons to rejuvenate their breasts and tummies to the youthful firmness they enjoyed before having children. These procedures are collectively called “mommy makeovers” or post-maternity breast and body reshaping.

Mommy Makeovers: Breast Augmentation

Many women complain that their breasts become significantly smaller after pregnancy, and that their breasts lose fullness and roundness from the upper pole. For these women, breast augmentation is an excellent option for increasing breast size by one or more cup sizes and for restoring pre-pregnancy fullness to the upper breasts. Both silicone gel and saline implants can be used for this procedure, with each type of implant offering its own advantages.

Although breast augmentation can restore volume to the breast, it can correct drooping of the nipples only to a minor extent. Women with significant drooping of the nipples or stretched and elongated areolas (the dark skin surrounding the nipple) may need to consider a breast lift in addition to breast augmentation.

Mommy Makeovers: Breast Lift

The aftermath of pregnancy can leave you with sagging breasts, uneven breasts, lost breast volume, drooping nipples and stretched areolas. A breast lift, or mastopexy, is performed to reverse these changes and return a youthful shape and lift to your breasts. This is accomplished by trimming excess skin and tightening supporting tissues to achieve an uplifted, youthful contour. After a mastopexy, the breasts are higher on the chest and firmer to the touch. Breast lifts after pregnancy can also reduce areolar size and reposition downward-pointing nipples.

Your post-maternity breast lift will be tailored to you, depending on your individual case and goals. Breast size does not change after a breast lift, nor does the fullness or roundness in the upper part of the breasts. Women who desire larger, smaller or more rounded breasts may need to consider a breast augmentation or breast reduction together with a breast lift.

Mommy Makeovers: Breast Reduction

Most women find that their breasts swell to a fuller size and shape while they are pregnant. Afterwards, a natural reduction in breast size leaves some women with the empty looking, drooping breasts discussed above in the breast lift section. For many other women, however, the breasts remain larger than desired after childbirth. Breast reduction surgery may be the solution in these cases.

One reason women may seek breast reduction after giving birth is to return the breasts to the smaller size they had before becoming pregnant. In addition, breast reduction can relieve the common symptoms of large breasts, such as pain, improper posture, rashes, breathing problems, skeletal deformities and low self-esteem. Breast reduction achieves these goals by removing fat and glandular tissue and tightening skin to produce smaller, lighter breasts that are in a healthier proportion to the rest of the body.

Mommy Makeovers: Tummy Tuck

Perhaps nowhere else on the body is pregnancy more unforgiving than in the abdomen. By stretching and weakening the skin and muscles of the tummy and waist, pregnancy can leave you with loose skin, stretch marks and a bulging and sagging waistline that no amount of exercise will correct. A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, can help.

Tummy tucks help flatten and shape the abdomen and waist by removing excess skin and tightening muscles. The result is a firmer tummy and more defined waistline. Dr. Weiss has been performing abdominoplasties with excellent cosmetic results for many years.

Women who also suffer from areas of fat in the abdomen or flanks after pregnancy may benefit from liposuction.

Mommy Makeovers: Liposuction

New mothers may find that they have pockets of fat in the lower abdomen that fail to respond to diet or exercise. They may also find that they have lost definition in their waistlines. Women who have had C-sections may also suffer from areas of fat that hangs over their surgical scar. Each of these post-maternity body changes can be improved through liposuction.

Liposuction sculpts the body after pregnancy by removing undesirable, resistant fat from the abdomen, waist, hips, buttocks and/or thighs. It offers the opportunity to slim and contour areas of the body that did not “spring back” to their pre-baby tone. With liposuction, you can minimize areas of fat caused by pregnancy and enhance the curve of the waistline.

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