Do you have unwanted fat and sagging skin after childbirth? If you want your body back to the way it was, or better, a mommy makeover is the treatment for you. Soler Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in Tampa, FL has all of your cosmetic needs covered after childbirth.
What Is a Mommy Makeover?
Childbirth causes dramatic changes in the appearance of new mothers. Excess fat is common as well as sagging skin on the breasts, belly, and buttocks. This can make it seem like the body will never go back to the way it was before pregnancy. Mothers often switch to looser fitting clothing and may avoid showing off their bodies. A mommy makeover is a plastic surgery procedure that combines the most effective treatments to restore your body.
Diet and exercise may not be enough for most mothers to remove excess fat and reduce skin laxity. For many mothers, their free time may be restricted balancing a return to work with spending time with your child. The makeover procedure will help you get your tight and youthful body back. You can even enhance your body, making it more slim and symmetrical than before your pregnancy.
What Does a Mommy Makeover Address?
Pregnancy and childbirth tend to expand the body, leaving fat where it is unwanted and decreasing volume in other areas. The procedure is done in our office and recovery is spent at home. With the makeover, we can remove excess body fat around the belly and buttocks. Pregnancy and childbirth causes an increase in caloric consumption and can leave excess fat. This is especially common in mothers who do not breastfeed, as breastfeeding can help with weight loss.
The breasts and buttocks are other areas that may have excess fat or lost volume. We can help eliminate sagging from the breasts and buttocks. If more volume is needed in the breasts, we can enhance the breasts with implants. Symmetry can be addressed and a reduction of fat in the breasts can be performed. The buttocks often need lifting and reshaping to address skin laxity. The stomach may also need a lift procedure due to the expansion during pregnancy.
During pregnancy, the breasts swell and the nipples can become discolored. After childbirth, breastfeeding mothers will experience a loss of volume in the breasts as milk production stops. Tightening of the skin around the breasts can help reduce sagging. We can help reshape the breasts and lift them up slightly to make them look more youthful. The darkening of the nipples and growth of the areolas can be addressed to restore them to their youthful appearance before pregnancy.
Implants can provide a way to increase the volume that was lost after childbirth and breastfeeding. We can also choose the shape of implants to help address symmetry issues and give the breasts a more appealing shape.
If you have an unwanted increase in volume, rather than a loss, you may be interested in breast reduction. We can remove unwanted tissue and fat from the breasts to make them more manageable. A breast lift will tighten the skin and make the breasts appear as they did before pregnancy.
Following pregnancy and childbirth, mothers may have unwanted fat. Caloric intake increases during pregnancy, and often mothers who do not breastfeed do not burn up these excess calories for milk production. Fat builds around the belly, but this can be removed with liposuction. The procedure is not ideal for significant fat loss. Mothers should be within 15 to 20 pounds of their ideal weight. Liposuction can help mothers who find it difficult to manage diet and exercise while taking care of their child and working.
Due to pregnancy and liposuction, patients will often need a tummy tuck to remove excess skin. The tummy tuck is a colloquial name for abdominoplasty, a plastic surgery procedure to remove excess skin on the abdominal area. We can also repair the separation of abdominal muscles after childbirth. The incision is hidden near the bikini line and not noticeable after healing. Patients will not have a large scar following the procedure, as our surgeons take care to make the incision as discreet and small as possible.
Brazilian Butt Lift
During pregnancy, excess fat can be stored on the buttocks. After childbirth, the buttocks can become saggy due to a loss of volume. The Brazilian butt lift procedure provides lifting and reshaping of the buttocks. The results will be tight and youthful buttocks with a more flattering shape so you can wear the jeans and bikinis you had before pregnancy. The buttocks can return to its previous shape or even an improved shape.
After pregnancy and childbirth, many mothers have stretch marks around their belly and other parts of the body. We can remove stretch marks with laser technology after your makeover procedure has healed. Reducing the visibility of stretch marks can help you feel better about showing off your body.
10 Important Things to Know
A Healthy Lifestyle Is Key
Before and after a makeover procedure, a healthy lifestyle will help you through the treatment. The procedure is not recommended to patients who are not in good health. After the makeover procedure, patients will need to keep track of their diet and exercise in order to have long-lasting results. Patients who do not follow a healthy lifestyle will gain back fat that was removed during the procedure.
There Will Be Some Waiting
After giving birth you may be excited to undergo a procedure to make regain your lost body shape and confidence. You may have to control your excitement for a few months because patients will have to wait around six months after giving birth to begin a makeover procedure. This time is required to recover after childbirth and prepare the body for surgery.
You May Have to Lose Weight
If you are looking forward to a makeover procedure to lose a significant amount of weight, the treatment may not be right for you. The best candidates are already close to their ideal weight. Liposuction is great for losing 15 to 20 pounds after childbirth, but not large amounts of fat. The procedure will also address sagging skin and other unwanted body changes after pregnancy. We cannot recommend the procedure for those patients who are overweight.
Have a Ride Home
After the procedure, you will not be in any condition to drive home. You will be recovering and may be under the effects of prescription medicine to reduce pain. These medications can impair your ability to drive, so you should have someone willing to drive you home after the procedure. It is also helpful to have someone willing to fetch items for you and drive you if needed while you are on prescription medications following the procedure.
You Must Avoid Heavy Lifting for Some Time
After the procedure, you have to take it easy. You should not be lifting heavy objects over 10 pounds while healing. If you need something lifted, or help moving furniture, make sure you have someone to help you around the house. If your child is over 10 pounds, you should also have someone to take care of them for some time. You will not be able to lift your baby for around six weeks while you recover.
Meals and Cleaning
Nutritious meals will be an important part of recovery. The days following the procedure will be tiring and you probably won’t want to cook. Getting up to cook meals will be difficult, so you should have someone to prepare your meals and clean up after you while you recover. Most patients will just want to rest in bed after the operation and there may be some tenderness that makes it hard to move around.
Plan to Miss Two Weeks of Work
During the first two weeks, you will still have bruising and tenderness. Patients will not be able to work after the procedure for at least two weeks. It will take some time before you can perform light work and workplace activities. If you return to work after two weeks, you should expect to avoid strenuous activities and stick to lighter tasks. If you have a home office or can work from home following the procedure, it can be a great advantage while you recover.
Swelling May Last for Six Months
Be prepared to wear loose clothing and not see the expected results for up to six months. Patients can have swelling in certain areas following the procedure for up to six months. This makes it difficult to see the full results of your makeover. You may have to hold off on wearing that new outfit, but the wait will surely be worth it when you fully recover.
You May Have to Give Up Smoking
If you smoke tobacco, it is recommended that you quit for at least four weeks leading up to the surgery. You should also expect to refrain from smoking for four weeks while you recover. This could be a good opportunity to give up smoking altogether for your health. Smoking affects the healing process by decreasing circulation and can lead to further risks. For the best recovery, you will need to be smoke-free.
Find a Credible Plastic Surgeon
At Soler Cosmetic Plastic Surgery we have a proven track record of experience in helping mothers after childbirth with mommy makeover procedures. Always ensure that the plastic surgeon you choose specializes is mommy makeover procedures. The procedure is complicated and involves multiple procedures in a short timeframe. For the best results, a plastic surgeon should be familiar with procedures for after childbirth.
Who Is the Ideal Candidate?
The ideal candidate is a mother looking for a youthful restoration after childbirth. Patients may be looking for all or only a select few of the procedures in the mommy makeover package. Patients should be in good health, have stopped smoking, and be close to their ideal weight. The procedure may not be ideal for those who are still looking to have children. Having children after the procedure will cause most of the cosmetic changes to be lost. Patients should also be willing to follow a healthy lifestyle for as long as they want lasting results.
Patients should consider the costs and recovery time. During a consultation, we can help provide a better idea of what is to be expected. Patients should wait at least six months after giving birth to undergo the procedure.
Discussing your mommy makeover options with experts is the first step towards a successful procedure and recovery. Visit Soler Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in Tampa, FL for a consultation. We offer professional cosmetic plastic surgery solutions that can get you back the body you love.