Motherhood is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding experiences in the world. From the moment of birth, the connection between mother and child goes beyond words, even beyond feeling. It’s magic.
But after a baby is born, it can be difficult for some mothers to physically bounce back. Pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding take an incredible toll, and sometimes diet and exercise aren’t enough to bring back the original body shape. Although there are many individual procedures that can address these concerns, these can be packaged together to address the whole body.
Mommy Makeover, a variety of procedures that can reverse the effects of pregnancy, restoring your pre-pregnancy body, sometimes in just one session.
At ARTISAN: The Art Of Plastic Surgery center we work together to give our patients a personalized plastic surgery experience.
Having two superbly trained surgeons gives our patients the advantage of their combined expertise and personal care.
Our practice continues to be especially popular among women who wish to restore their figures and self-confidence after having children.
As women and mother, Dr. Richa personally understand these sensitive issues and genuinely enjoy helping our fellow mothers feel confident about their bodies again.
BODY AFTER BABY
The parts of the body most women are concerned about after childbearing are the skin, abdomen, breasts and fatty deposits through the hip and thigh area. ARTISAN: the art of Plastic Surgery offers a variety of procedures to address these areas of concern and help rejuvenate your body after baby.
For most women, the joys of motherhood far outweigh the toll that pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding takes on our bodies. The physical effects of childbearing and nursing can profoundly change a woman’s body in ways that diet and exercise cannot always reverse. To make matters more challenging for mothers, our instinct to care for our families often takes priority over our own needs.
As women plastic surgeon, I have a special interest in helping mothers restore their bodies and their self-confidence after having babies.
Because Dr. Richa and Dr. Pushpendra operate together as a team, we are able to safely offer combined procedures, as is commonly done for our “mommy makeover” patients. Having two skilled and experienced surgeons working with you during your surgery allows you to spend less time under general anesthesia. One plastic surgeon working alone may require 8-10 hours to perform 2-3 combined procedures and may not feel comfortable working that long or keeping patients asleep for such an extended period.
A truly unique benefit of choosing ARTISAN: the art of plastic surgery address all of your concerns, not only safely and efficiently, but excellently. Many of our “body after baby” patients choose to combine a breast procedure (like augmentation, reduction or lift, lift with implants) with a tummy procedure (abdominoplasty, “mini”-abdominoplasty), and/or liposuction (arms, back, abdomen, hips/flanks, thighs). We are typically able to perform these transformations in 4-6 hours or less. Our patients are happy to reduce the amount of time under anesthesia, minimize their recovery time and time away from work and family, and enjoy their results.
Up to 90% of women will develop stretch marks from pregnancy. Technically known as “striae gravidarium,” stretch marks pose no physical harm, but can be quite distressing aesthetically.
Most stretch marks appear on the lower abdomen, but also frequently occur on the breasts, hips and thighs.
Why do we get theses stretch marks?
Stretch marks appear when the deeper layer of skin known as the dermis stretches beyond its capacity, creating small tears, leading to linear scarring.
What’s the solution?
Women frequently wonder what, if anything, can be done to diminish their stretch marks. While many products claim to prevent or diminish stretch marks, unless a product penetrates the deeper layers of skin, it will not have a dramatic effect. While there is some evidence that topical retinoids (i.e., Retin-A) may reduce the appearance of stretch marks, it is contraindicated during pregnancy, and not advised to be used during breast-feeding.
Micro needling is a new technique that can induce collagen formation, which can improve the appearance of stretch marks. A series of treatments spaced out over a few months can make a significant difference in the quality of the skin.
At ARTISAN, we use the DermaPen in a comfortable, in-office procedure to help patients improve the look of striae after pregnancy.
Otherwise, the most effective treatment for stretch mark removal is direct excision of the scarring. Stretch marks that appear on the lower abdomen are often associated with extra, loose skin. Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, can remove the extra abdominal skin, and often most of the stretch marks, while tightening the abdominal
One of the primary areas of a woman’s body affected by childbearing is the abdomen, both the skin and the muscles.
Pregnancy not only necessitates expansion of the abdominal skin, but also causes the abdominal muscles, specifically the rectus abdominals muscle, i.e., the “6-pack” muscle, to stretch. In some cases, the muscle actually separates in the midline in order to accommodate the growing baby. These changes are caused not only by the expanding uterus pressing against the abdominal wall, but also by the pregnancy hormones that cause tissue to relax. Many women find that no amount of exercise seems to help shrink the belly skin or bring tone back to their muscles.
Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, is a dramatic procedure that removes excess skin, stretch marks and fat from the belly, flattening it and improving its contour. A muscle-tightening component is often added to tummy tuck surgery to narrow the waistline. Liposuction is added when appropriate to further sculpt the abdomen and flanks.
Breast augmentation with either saline- or silicone-filled implants can restore the lost volume to the breasts and lift the breasts to a more natural, youthful position..
Many women enjoy an increase in the size of their breasts during pregnancy and breastfeeding, but the breasts are often left with a drooping, deflated appearance afterward.
Breast augmentation with either saline- or silicone-filled implants can restore the lost volume to the breasts and lift the breasts to a more natural, youthful position. In some cases, an additional breast lift may be required to fully correct drooping breasts.
During your consultation, Dr. Richa and Dr. Pushpendra will discuss the details of these procedures and help you determine what approach is best for you.
Even with a focused exercise routine, many mothers find that their figures never quite return to their pre-pregnancy shape.
It is common for women to notice areas of fullness in the abdomen, hip and thigh areas after pregnancy that are resistant to toning with exercise.
Localized areas of fat, particularly in the thighs, hips, upper arms and belly respond well to liposuction. Liposuction is used for body contouring, not for significant weight loss. Liposuction can be done alone or can be combined with other contouring procedures to help restore your pre-pregnancy figure.
Fat transfer can be a great way to take advantage of your own body’s resources. Fat removed during liposuction from an area that feels overly full can be carefully processed and transferred to an area that could benefit from some restoration of volume.
Popular areas for fat grafting include hollows at the hips (where underwear/bikinis create a dent), the buttocks (also known as the Brazilian butt lift), and even very small amounts to the lips or cheeks.
Women’s Health And Quality Of Life
Labiaplasty can improve a woman’s comfort and confidence.
After delivering a baby, the labia can become a source of discomfort due to the hormonal shifts of pregnancy and the “fourth trimester” that follows.
New stretching, sagging, and asymmetry can create difficulty with daily hygiene and even simple activities like sitting or walking. Self-consciousness about the size or appearance of the labia can also affect a woman’s self-confidence and healthy sexual drive.
For many women, addressing the changes in their labia is not simply a cosmetic issue, but a functional one.
At ARTISAN: The Art of Plastic Surgery Center, we provide a comfortable environment for patients to discuss their most intimate concerns one-to-one, woman-to-woman.
Labiaplasty can be a straightforward surgical solution for improving how you look and feel.
10 Things to Know About Mommy Makeover Surgery
- You shouldn’t schedule a mommy makeover until you’re sure you’re done having children. If you think you might want to have more kids at any point, it’s probably most prudent to hold off on your plastic surgery—simply because having more kids can undo whatever results you get from the mommy makeover, leaving you right back where you started.
- A mommy makeover usually involves multiple procedures. It varies from woman to woman, but the typical pattern is to have a tummy tightening (what’s often called a tummy tuck) as well as some kind of breast procedure. The latter may be breast augmentation, a breast lift, or a combination of the two, simply depending on the patient’s goals. Our surgeons can do all of these procedures at the same time.
- You should have your mommy makeover when you’re at the weight you want to be at for the rest of your life. Yes, eating right and exercising can help you to recover from your surgery more quickly, but you don’t want to get super-skinny before the procedure. We recommend reaching a weight you can maintain.
- You can add other procedures to your mommy makeover. The mommy makeover is really all about achieving the appearance you had before kids—and in some instances, that might mean adding some additional procedures. These might include liposuction, injectables, and more.
- Mommy makeover aren’t as painful as you might think. While any surgical procedure can lead to some post-op discomfort, mommy makeover are done with additional nerve block technique that lasts for a full three days—helping you to sail through the worst of the post-op pain.
- The duration of a mommy makeover procedure varies. Depending on exactly what you’re having done, you can expect your mommy makeover to take anywhere from four and a half to five and a half hours.
- You’ll be up and ambulatory again fairly quickly, meaning you won’t have to wait long before you can go home. Note that these procedures are done on an outpatient basis, which means you’re going to be able to get up and walk out when you’re done!
- You should plan on a couple of weeks for your recovery. Most patients are past pain and discomfort after the first week, but it may be seven to 10 days before you’re up and driving. It will be about four weeks before you’re back to 100 percent of your normal activities, including any kind of vigorous exercise.
- Some seasons are better than others for mommy makeover. Moms often ask us what time of the year is best to have their surgery done. The short answer: You want to have your mommy makeover done whenever you’ll have help with your children. We highly recommend choosing a time when your mother or sister can come help out, or your spouse can take a little time off work.
You should always schedule a consultation before your mommy makeover surgery. In fact, this is really something that we insist on. We want to make sure we’re on the same page with you about your goals, and also that we set some clear expectations about the process and the recovery time. Additionally, our surgeons will want to be sure that you’re in good health before your procedure, ensuring that you bounce back from it as quickly as possible.