You have the most beautiful children in the world, and you love them very much.
But every time you look in the mirror, you groan a little because of what birthing them did to your body.
Of course, you don’t regret having children, but isn’t there something that can help get your bikini body back? Raising them is hard enough, and it would be great to do it with confidence in your appearance.
Postpartum body contouring, or the Mommy Makeover, is a great way to help restore the body you had before kids, and give you the confidence you need. Read more for 3 ways postpartum contouring can better your body.
Certainly, the stigma behind plastic surgery can make a woman hesitate before considering her own treatment, but that is a common misconception.
The Egyptians were the first to perform cosmetic corrections, and plastic surgery has come a long way in the last thousand years. With modern technology and treatments available, you can restore your body and give yourself the confidence you need.
Especially in the abdomen, women find they have bulging in their abdomen after pregnancy, as well as loose skin. A tummy tuck can take care of that and give you the flat stomach back that you used to have.
Doctors will bring your abdominal muscles back together if you suffer from diastasis recti, a condition where your stomach muscles have separated to accommodate a growing baby.
Stretch marks often appear during pregnancy as the skin stretches to accommodate the baby. They can be white or purple, and they appear because the dermis actually tears because of how quickly it has to stretch.
After lacing the muscles back together, the surgeon re-drapes the skin below your belly button (in a mini-tuck) or between the bottom of the rib cage and the bikini line in a full tummy tuck.
The procedure restores your flat stomach and tightens the skin. It can also help get rid of stretch marks.
A tummy tuck will leave a scar, but it is generally below the bikini line and not visible.
This procedure requires maintenance – you can’t eat whatever you want and expect to keep your newly improved body.
If you have already returned to prepregnancy weight and need help with toning and getting rid of that postpartum belly, a tummy tuck can help.
After being pregnant and possibly nursing a baby, the breasts stretch out or sag, causing the presence of extra skin. They can also be smaller. Nipples and areolas can change, too.
Check to see if your nipples are above the inframammary fold (or IMF, the area of the breast that meets your chest). Nipples that are at or below the IMF indicate breasts that are ideal candidates for a lift or augmentation.
To restore your younger-looking breasts, doctors perform either a breast augmentation or a breast lift (and sometimes both together). This will take care of any drooping or sagging from the looser skin, as well as returning the breasts to their size before pregnancy.
This procedure is generally for women who done bearing children and are in good general health.
While you can have children again after undergoing these procedures, it likely will cause a step back in your progress. Just be prepared for that result if you choose to become pregnant again after your Mommy Makeover.
Many moms wait to have the procedure done until after they are finished bearing children because of the significant cost. It’s not the best use of your money until you are sure you will not become pregnant again.
In addition to a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, along with breast lift surgery, other procedures help you get your bikini body back. Sometimes doctors also add liposuction, depending on the needs of the candidate.
Sometimes other procedures are part of a Mommy Makeover. These include vaginoplasty, buttock enhancements, and facial treatments.
A vaginoplasty tightens the vagina. Vaginal relaxation occurs during and after childbirth, and this procedure takes care of it. There are other vaginal rejuvenation treatments as well.
Much like breast enhancements, buttock enhancements can be either implants to help with the size and shape of the buttock, or a lift to help with any sagging.
Facial treatments include BOTOX, eyelid lift surgeries, dermal fillers, and even laser treatments.
During the first consultation with the doctor, you will sit down and discuss your goals and the results you want. Then he can recommend the procedures that will be right for you. Some combination of the above will help with the body confidence you seek.
Many women appreciate that they only need to plan for one recovery, despite having multiple procedures done at the same time.
We know that moms are very busy, so make sure to schedule someone to help you around the house, especially the first few days. Most people can return to work after 2 weeks, and return to exercise and other similar activities after 4-6 weeks.
Remember you have just had surgery, so make sure to follow your doctor’s instructions and attend all follow-up appointments. You can also avoid infection in the incision area by washing your hands frequently, especially before you touch the wound.
Taking the time to restore your body and feel better about who you are is never a waste. Your kids will thank you for being the confident woman you are today after your Mommy Makeover.
For more information or to schedule a consultation contact us today!