The journey into motherhood is amazing, yet emotionally and physically taxing. A woman’s body is uniquely and genetically designed for reproduction. In order to properly carry and support the growth of a developing baby, a woman’s body goes through a myriad of remarkable changes. These changes are largely governed by fluctuating hormones, causing ligaments to relax, skin to stretch, breast tissue to enlarge, and fat accumulation.
This remarkable process results in the creation of new life. However, for many women, pregnancy and delivery leave their bodies altered, scarred, and dramatically changed postpartum. Fortunately, the surgeons at OMNI Surgery + Anti-Aging Centre specialize in The Mommy Makeover, an innovative set of procedures that are designed to combat these changes.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
- The purpose of a Mommy Makeover is to surgically improve the appearance of a woman’s post-pregnancy body, to improve her figure to a more youthful shape. The Mommy Makeover strives to improve a woman’s self-esteem and confidence by assisting in the restoration of her natural female form.
- The Mommy Makeover is specific to each woman. Many women choose to have a breast augmentation, some with a breast lift. Others choose a tummy tuck, and liposuction. The Classic Mommy Makeover combines both breast surgery and body contouring. Your surgical plan will depend on your problem areas, concerns and goals. During the consultation, your surgeon will study your body, and listen to your concerns in order to create a uniquely tailored treatment plan.
Typical changes to a mother’s figure occur in the breasts, abdomen, and thighs. For a woman who begins pregnancy at a healthy weight, current guidelines recommend that she gain 25-35 pounds over the course of the pregnancy. This rapid weight gain quickly stretches the abdominal muscles, as well as the skin over the stomach, hips and thighs. Specific changes include:
During pregnancy, the breasts enlarge quickly, preparing the body for breastfeeding. If a mother breastfeeds, the breasts may enlarge even further. This rapid growth may leave unwanted stretch marks. Once breastfeeding is discontinued, the breast volume shrinks and many women are left with loose skin. This can cause the breasts to look saggy and deflated. Women may go from a full C cup to a small A cup after breastfeeding several children, through repeated stretching and shrinking of breasts. Some women accumulate excess fat in their breasts over the course of pregnancy and they are left with larger breasts than wanted.
During pregnancy, there is rapid stretching of the abdominal wall, which includes the abdominal muscles and overlying skin and fat. This rapid stretching often leaves stretch marks and loose, sagging skin. Women are left with excess skin tissue with poor elasticity. Diet and exercise are important, but cannot tighten overstretched abdominal skin.
Other body changes during Pregnancy
Many women put on excess fat around the hips, thighs and flanks during pregnancy. After delivery, this type of fat is very difficult to shed. Even with rigorous diet and exercise, many women are not able to return to their pre-pregnancy body. The shape-shifting that occurs varies from one mother to the next. The ability to reclaim a pre-pregnancy body also varies for every mother. The good news is that there are surgical options to remedy these changes. The Mommy Makeover restores shape, youthful appearance, and confidence.
Mommy Makeover Procedures
Breast surgery will focus on enhancing and restoring the look and feel of your breasts. You may be a candidate for a breast augmentation and/or breast lift.
The most common breast surgery for mothers is a breast augmentation. A breast augmentation reshapes the breast with the addition of a saline or silicone implant, which restores lost volume. During your consultation, you will “try on” different breast implants. This gives you a visual indication of realistic outcomes.
The surgeon will be able to answer your questions and concerns to assist you in making the best choice for your desired outcomes. Our doctors spend a lot of time with each woman, learning their preferences and analyzing their anatomy. This thorough consultation allows them to select the most appropriate implant, for a natural and pleasing shape.
For some women, breast augmentation alone is not sufficient. A breast lift improves the shape and profile of the breasts, returning them to a more youthful position and shape. This procedure corrects for breasts that seem saggy or deflated. Our surgeons specialize in minimally invasive, short incision techniques called vertical mastopexy/periareolar mastopexy. Shorter incisions give outcomes with smaller, less visible scarring. Though less common, a woman can undergo a breast lift without implant, if she has sufficient natural breast volume. The breast lift procedure removes excess skin and repositions the breast tissue, for a natural and pleasing outcome.
The purpose of a tummy tuck is to restore a flat stomach and remove the postpartum bulge many women are left with. During pregnancy, the abdominal muscles separate, leaving many women with a weak and poorly defined midsection. Our surgeons use a technique to tighten the abdominal muscles, restoring strength and definition to the midsection. Our surgeons create an Internal Corset to provide strength and definition to your middle. In addition, excess skin and fat are removed, eliminating the postpartum sag in the middle. If the shape of the umbilicus (belly button) has been altered, the surgeon will surgically correct it. The doctor will place the incision low to follow the bikini line, so it is discretely hidden by clothing and bathing suits.
The purpose of liposuction is to reduce fat cells in regions that have not responded to diet and exercise. Liposuction improves the contours and shape of your body. After pregnancy, you may have excess fat in the regions of the hips, buttocks, flank and thighs. The liposuction procedure will be tailored to your needs, focusing on your problem areas.
What to Expect during Mommy Makeover
The first step to your Mommy Makeover is a private consultation with one of our world class plastic surgeons, in which you will discuss your goals, desires, concerns, and expected outcomes. Your personal concierge will set your treatment plan, which may include multiple procedures. Your procedure will include general anesthesia, surgery and recovery. Depending on how many procedures and the extent of surgery, you may have a longer or shorter recovery period. It is important to know that you will need time to recover from your Mommy Makeover, for optimal healing and results.