After giving birth, some new mothers consider using plastic surgery to erase specific physical marks that pregnancy leaves on the body, especially on the abdomen and breasts. A woman’s body goes through severe changes during pregnancy. Each woman is affected differently by pregnancy. Some women are left with extra weight that they find difficult to get rid of, and even the ones that jump back to their initial weight discover that the appearance of their breasts and the tummy is no longer the same. If you want to be hot again, there are several plastic surgery procedures that target new mothers. Aesthetic imperfections that can be noticed after pregnancy The skin on the breasts and the tummy can stretch too much, creating stretch marks. The tummy can lose its tonus and firmness and become saggy. The breasts can look deflated and lower on the chest wall after pregnancy and breastfeeding. After one or multiple pregnancies, a woman sometimes encounters certain physical changes that can make her less confident in her sex appeal. Some people are considering cosmetic surgery to correct their body imperfections that occur after pregnancy and childbirth. It is often the breasts and the tummy that are invariably affected by pregnancy. The breasts enlarge due to the preparation for milk production and then engorge during breastfeeding. The tummy stretches over pregnancy due to the increasing size of the uterus. There are new mothers that struggle for months and even years to lose the extra pounds they put on during pregnancy, only to notice that their bodies still don’t look the same before pregnancy. It is only natural for a woman who had one or multiple pregnancies to desire to feel hot and sexy again. To correct the aesthetic imperfections that occur after pregnancy and childbirth, there are plastic surgery procedures that can be performed. Often they require a package of surgeries, performed separately or combined in one operation. This package can be found in the list of services of many plastic surgeons nowadays, and it is called the “Mommy Makeover.” Candidacy for the Mommy Makeover For starters, a responsible and experienced plastic surgeon would recommend you to wait until your family is complete and you don’t plan any new pregnancy before scheduling your Mommy Makeover. If the patient plans to have one or more children after the procedure, the aesthetic results achieved with the Mommy Makeover can be altered and additional procedures might be required again after a new pregnancy. In other words, if you want to look hot again after having children, it is better to wait for the body to recover naturally for at least six months after breastfeeding and consider the operation from there. Even if you have already given birth, your body is still undergoing major transformations for the next few months, whether you choose to breastfeed or not. It is necessary to allow a few months (preferably a year) to allow your body to get back to a shape and size closer to the one you had before getting pregnant. Your candidacy for the Mommy Makeover will be assessed depending on the general health and emotional condition and other preexisting illness that can be present. Moreover, when scheduling your Mommy Makeover, you need to keep in mind that there will be a few days or even weeks when you will find it difficult to take care of the children all by yourself, especially if you have to drive shortly after the surgery. Mommy Makeover overview The most commonly requested and performed procedures after childbirth are firstly, the tummy tuck to correct the sagginess of the belly and the distention of the muscles of the abdomen that can cause the unsightly appearance of the tummy. Second, liposuction is done to eliminate localized pockets of fat that were resistant during your weight loss process after pregnancy, and third, the breast lift with or without implants. Tummy tuck after childbirth When a tummy tuck is performed after one or more pregnancies, it has three main goals: getting rid of fat accumulated on the tummy, restoring skin tension, and strengthening the muscles of the abdominal wall. Under general anesthesia, it can be carried out in 3 stages: liposuction on the abdomen and the flanks, the removal of the excess, sagging skin and fat tissue, and fat transfer to the hips. When all of these steps are performed, it is called the Hourglass tummy tuck and provides superior aesthetic results compared to the traditional abdominoplasty. The desires of most patients are to get a flat and firm tummy after abdominoplasty, but many patients don’t understand that the classic method doesn’t involve performing liposuction to reduce the thickness of the adipose tissue on the abdominal wall and the flanks. So the patient is often left with a flatter abdominal area, but no definition for the waist. A responsible plastic surgeon will tell you that if you undergo a tummy tuck with no lipo and you have a considerable layer of fat on the tummy, it will still be present after the procedure. During a traditional tummy tuck, the plastic surgeon will make an incision, lift the skin and fat tissues up to the rib cage, suture the abdominal muscles to strengthen them, and then pull down the skin and fat tissue and cut the excess on the inferior part of the abdomen. So if the tissues on your abdomen were thick, your tummy would be flatter than before, but the layer of fat will still be there. When we perform the hourglass tummy tuck in the Mommy Makeover package, the patient will enjoy an improved body shape and beautiful curves, aside from a flatter and firmer tummy. Liposuction after childbirth Liposuction is another procedure that is frequently included in the Mommy Makeover package, and there is a simple reason behind this: during pregnancy, most women put on more weight. Even if the weight loss process occurs after childbirth, most new mothers find it difficult (if not impossible) to get rid of all localized fat deposits. Also, fat accumulation in different areas of the body, but especially in the abdomen, can cause a pretty unsightly appearance of the body. Liposuction is often performed on the abdomen and the flanks, but it can also be done in other areas of the body such as the thighs, back, and even the chin. This procedure is associated with few risks and is generally safe when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon in an accredited medical facility. Breast enhancement after childbirth When it comes to the aesthetics of the breasts, many changes can occur during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Often, the new mother is left disappointed by the new appearance of her breasts that could be saggy, smaller or too big compared to how they were before getting pregnant. Plastic surgery offers multiple solutions when it comes to improving the appearance of the breasts, but probably the most commonly performed procedure in the Mommy Makeover package is the breast lift. Breast lift after pregnancy and breastfeeding has the purpose of lifting the breasts higher on the chest wall and making them look fuller and perkier. When this procedure is performed, the plastic surgeon will excise a part of the skin and fat tissue and re-center the mammary gland in a more natural position. The scars after the breast lift can be significant if the patient has a considerable level of breast ptosis, but at the same time for minor sagginess, the patient can be left with just one periareolar scar that will be barely visible within a year from the surgery, if no complications occur and the cicatrization process goes smoothly. The breast lift or mastopexy can be performed with or without implants, depending on the recommendations of the plastic surgeon and the desires and expectations of the patient. The procedures included in the Mommy Makeover package can be performed all at the same time or in separate stages, depending on the complexity of each procedure. For example, if the tummy tuck entails the removal of a considerable part of tissue and the operation will last for many hours, the plastic surgeon will advise you to schedule the procedure at a later time. Conclusion Pregnancy leaves marks on a new mother’s body, and not all of them are easy to cope with. For example, the saggy skin and loss of tonus of the abdominal muscles can cause a real complex for mothers after childbirth. Despite losing all the baby weight and keeping active, the excess skin that resulted after the overstretching of the belly can be impossible to get rid of. This is where plastic surgery comes to help the new mother look good again.