While motherhood is a beautiful and rewarding experience, it can take a toll on your body. Many women feel frustrated that no matter how stringently they diet and how vigorously they exercise after pregnancy and nursing, they still have stubborn pockets of fat that just won't go away. If this sounds like you, you may be ready for a Mommy Makeover.
What's A Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover is a series of customizable plastic surgeries that can address a number of issues that may arise owing to pregnancy and nursing. It is a way of restoring your body back to its pre-baby shape, with the planes and contours you associate with a sleek and youthful figure.
At the Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic near Las Vegas in Henderson, NV, Dr. Julio Garcia, a Las Vegas plastic surgeon, will spend time learning about your frustrations and desires to help you choose the right procedures that will rejuvenate and restore your figure. In addition to being an experienced, double-board certified plastic and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Garcia holds a degree in Art History. He brings his finely developed sense of aesthetics into every aspect of his work, so that your new, rejuvenated shape will look harmonious, balanced and beautiful.
Getting Back Your Pre-Baby Body
During your personal consultation, Dr. Garcia will take measurements of your body, evaluate your figure and skin quality, and discuss in detail what kinds of results you can expect. While a Mommy Makeover is customizable to your individual needs, the most common plastic surgeries included to get you back to your pre-baby body are:
- Breast lift
- Breast augmentation
- Tummy tuck
Breast Lift and Augmentation
Gravity and nursing can both causes breasts to lose volume and sag. Sometimes breasts also become uneven in either position and/or degree of volume.
A breast lift (also known as mastopexy) is a plastic surgery that will lift the breasts higher on the chest to a more youthful position and projection. The breast muscles will be tightened to help slow down the aging process and excess skin will be removed. The results of your breast lift can last up to 10 years or more, keeping your figure looking perky and rejuvenated.
Some moms will also take the opportunity at their Mommy Makeover to fulfill a long-held desire of having larger breasts via breast augmentation. Dr. Garcia always advises waiting at least 6 months after your breast lift before committing to an augmentation plastic surgery. His patients are generally so thrilled with the results of the lift that they no longer desire to enhance their breast size.
If you do decide you would like to add more volume to your breasts, Dr. Garcia will help you choose between saline or silicone breast implants and will also recommend the most flattering size and shape for your particular figure.
Flattening Your Tummy
While it is healthy to gain a certain amount of weight during pregnancy, it may be quite difficult to lose it after delivery. Many women discover that the fat which has accumulated around their belly will not budge, no matter how strenuously they exercise or how carefully they watch their diet. In addition, pregnancy stretches the skin, which sometimes does not “snap back.” This can leave you with loose skin or even hanging, draping skin that can be very unflattering. In situations of both excess fat and skin on the abdomen, a tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) is the best solution.
During a tummy tuck, Dr. Garcia will remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen and tighten the underlying abdominal muscles. In some cases, Dr. Garcia will recommend that you undergo liposuction first to remove extra fat. The tummy tuck would then be done after you have healed from liposuction, four to six months later.
Whether you need extra liposuction or not, a tummy tuck will restore you to your pre-baby flat stomach with a sleek, rejuvenated look. Depending on your individual situation, Dr. Garcia may also be able to sculpt your abdominal area with liposuction, giving you an even more toned and athletic look, and/or even creating a “six pack.”
Sculpting Your Body
The abdomen is not the only area where you may gain stubborn fat after pregnancy. Other common trouble spots include the hips (love handles), flanks (outer thighs), inner thighs, bra bulge, and arms.
Dr. Garcia can use liposuction or ultrasound-assisted liposuction to resculpt those areas to your pre-baby shape. If you are having liposuction on your abdomen as part of your tummy tuck, other body sculpting procedures with liposuction can be scheduled at the same simultaneously to minimize downtime.
Rejuvenating Your Look
Some mothers wait until their kids are grown or nearly grown before treating themselves to a Mommy Makeover. Others find that even when they are relatively young, the stresses of pregnancy and child rearing have accelerated their aging. If you would like to rejuvenate your face at the same time you are regaining your shapely, youthful figure, you can talk to Dr. Garcia about other procedures such as:
- Facelift or Mini Lift
- Forehead and Brow Lift
- Upper and/or Lower Blepharoplasty (Eyelid surgery)
- Laser resurfacing to remove wrinkles and hyper- or hypo-pigmentation and scars
- Microdermabrasion and/or Dermaplaning to improve skin texture
- Skin tightening with ThermiSmooth or ThermiTight
Is a Mommy Makeover Right for You, Right Now?
If you are frustrated with your post-baby body, you may feel you are ready for a Mommy Makeover right now. However, because a Mommy Makeover entails a number of surgical procedures, this may not be the best time. While the ultimate choice of whether you are ready or not is yours alone, you will reap more benefits if:
- You have already finished your family (further pregnancies may sabotage the results of your Mommy Makeover).
- You are no longer nursing.
- You have a responsible adult to take over child care while you are recovering.
- You have a responsible adult to help care for you during your initial weeks of recovery.
- You can take two months out of your schedule to devote to full recovery.
Contact Dr. Garcia for Plastic Surgery Henderson
If you are ready for your Mommy Makeover, or just want to learn more about your options, please contact Dr. Julio Garcia at the Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic, (702) 870-0058 or firstname.lastname@example.org, to schedule your consultation. You can also use our email form. http://www.lvcosmeticsurgery.com/contact-us We welcome patients from Las Vegas and around the world.