Mommy makeover

05th Aug 2016

“Mommy makeover” is a term used by plastic surgeons to describe a combination of aesthetic procedures intended to address the negative effects that pregnancy has on the body, particularly the breasts and the tummy.

Let’s take a look at what happens with the breasts. During pregnancy, the breasts get engorged, which results in the following two problems. The skin gets stretched, which creates a loss of elasticity and minor to moderate sagginess of the breasts. There is also loss of breast tissue and, many times, the breasts become deflated, losing fullness at the top and bottoming out.

On the belly, the tissue between the muscles gets stretched, which results in weakness of the abdominal wall. This is one of the components of having an enlarged abdomen after pregnancy. In addition, the belly button gets distorted and the skin is stretched, possibly producing stretch marks.

So, when we talk about a mommy makeover, it is defined as any breast procedure combined with any tummy procedure at the same time. A mommy makeover can be a breast lift with augmentation and a tummy tuck, or a breast augmentation with a tummy tuck, or a breast augmentation with hourglass hips, or a breast lift without augmentation and a tummy tuck, among others. In essence, this is a combination of any procedure to make your breasts look nicer and any procedure to give you a better-shaped, tighter, flatter abdomen.

One thing you need to recognize is that the mommy makeover can do wonders and give your body a pre-pregnancy look, but you will never have the exact same pre-pregnancy body. One of the things that surgery cannot solve is your loss of elasticity. In other words, every single aspect of your body will be tighter relative to where you were prior to surgery.

Notice also that a mommy makeover does not include the buttocks, which can be affected during pregnancy. Some women develop stretch marks and sagginess of the buttocks, but a mommy makeover does not include buttock augmentation or lifting.

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