Dr. Lawrence N. Gray Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and Medical Director Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center
New moms often battle baby weight. Many feel their bodies are not bouncing back even though they try to eat right and exercise. “It’s so hard to get back to the shape I was in before I had my children,” is what I often hear.
Mommy Makeover has been a popular trend across the United States for a few years now. In 2010, 112,000 tummy tucks were performed in the United States, up 85% from the previous decade. Breast lifts were up 70%. Most women who choose a Mommy Makeover are in their mid 30’s to late 40’s.
During pregnancy abdominal muscles and skin are stretched. Pregnancy and breast-feeding can change the shape and size of the breasts. They may go from facing outward and being full to pointing downward and being somewhat deflated. Some women are lucky. Their muscles seem to snap right back into their more youthful position and the breasts seem unaffected. But, for some women, the abdominal muscles the skin on their abdomen becomes loose, causing them to feel self-conscious.
A Mommy Makeover focuses on the areas most impacted by pregnancy. Multiple procedures are done at the same time for an efficient recovery, but mostly for the immediate boost to woman’s self-esteem. A Mommy Makeover most often consists of a combination of three procedures, usually breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck or liposuction, are performed together to restore a woman’s figure. The combination is customizable for the patient’s needs.
Beth?s Mommy Makeover with Breast Augmentation
Beth, 40 years old, knew she wanted more breast volume than she actually had before she had her baby. While a breast augmentation would provide balance to her figure, she would benefit from a breast lift as well. Her breasts were pointing in a downward position from breast-feeding three children and as a normal result of aging.
Beth didn’t like that her abdomen was stretched and not returning to its former shape, no matter how much she exercised.
In a tummy tuck procedure, abdominal muscles are tightened, skin is pulled downward and excess skin and stretch marks are removed. I use my advanced “no drains” method, which provides an easier recovery with less discomfort.
A Mommy Makeover has a very high satisfaction rate and can significantly improve a woman’s self esteem. “I have my body back! I feel so much better about myself.” It’s very rewarding to hear that from my patients.