The Components of a Mommy Makeover

One plastic surgery trend that is rapidly growing in popularity is the mommy makeover.  Conceived as a combination of body contouring procedures done together to restore a woman’s body to its pre-pregnancy shape, mommy makeovers have attracted many mothers who want to look and feel younger and preserve the body they had.  As a mother of two, I can understand how busy a new mother can be.  By combining surgical procedures into one session, a mommy makeover can achieve impressive cosmetic surgery results while minimizing necessary down-time.  Because no two women are alike, each mommy makeover procedure can be customized to target only the areas you need in order to achieve the results you want.

the components of mommy makeover surgery - dr allyson maskeThe Breasts
Some of the most significant changes that occur following pregnancy are those that occur in the breasts.  For a lot of women, the breasts grow larger during pregnancy and breast feeding and then fail to return to their original size, creating discomfort.  On the other hand, some women’s breasts may even shrink to a smaller size than they were originally.  In either case, the shifting sizes frequently take a toll, causing the breasts to sag.  A breast lift, or mastopexy, which can restore breasts to their former shape and position on the body, is a commonly chosen part of mommy makeover procedures that I perform.  Many of my patients also choose to have breast augmentation or breast reduction done in combination with their breast lift procedure for added shape and size.

The Tummy
After giving birth, for some women, the outermost abdominal muscles of the rectus abdominis may become stretched and even separated, causing a condition known as diastasis recti, commonly referred to as a stomach pouch.  The connective tissue (linea alba) joining these muscles stretches sideways during pregnancy, causing it to become thinner and weaker and making the belly button, a natural weak spot in the center, protrude.  A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, not only removes fat and excess, sagging skin from the midsection, but also can tighten the abdominal muscles themselves, literally closing the gap between the rectus abdominis and creating a sleeker belly.

The Lower Body
During pregnancy, the body stores fat in the lower body to provide the additional energy and nutritional needs that a growing fetus demands.  This can often cause the thighs and hips to rapidly gain mass, stretching the skin so that, even after the weight is lost, sagging skin is left behind.  A lower body lift or liposuction can help with this, tightening and contouring the skin that remains while liposuction can eliminate any stubborn fat deposits left behind.

If you are interested in a procedure I perform, please contact me, Dr. Allyson Maske to schedule a consultation today. Additionally, a number of medically necessary procedures may be covered by insurance and we can provide a variety of options for financing, including Care Credit® in order to assist you.  Be sure to connect with me on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news and updates.