For most women, being pregnant, and bearing children is likely the most elating experience ever. At the same time, pregnancy, delivery, and breastfeeding dramatically change a woman’s body, and oftentimes, things just don’t go back to “normal”. Noticeably, the two areas of the body that change the most are the breasts and abdomen. And while an effective exercise regimen and good diet may deliver some results, things don’t generally go back to pre-pregnancy conditions.
The Mommy Makeover terminology has been coined to illustrate the various procedures aimed at restoring the abdomen and breasts. In many cases, the procedures also reverse many of the long-term after-effects of pregnancy and delivery. Pregnancy naturally stretches the abdomen in order to accommodate a baby over some nine months. It’s also natural for the skin to “shrink” back to original form after the birth. But sadly, this isn’t always possible, and sometimes it’s impossible.
With breasts, similar body changes transpire, during and after pregnancy. Breasts will increase in size during pregnancy, and in natural anticipation of future breastfeeding. These types of changes will continue until a mother’s breastfeeding cycle is finished. Then, with hormone changes, the breast tissue starts to shrink in size. Unhappily, skin tissue has oftentimes stretched beyond its capacity to shrink back – it simply results in what is commonly described as drooping breasts.
Body changes will vary from woman to woman, and can sometimes be permanent. In fact, it’s not unusual for one woman to experience permanently larger breasts, while another will experience permanently smaller breasts. With an in-depth medical consultation, Dr. Brett Beber will review various procedures that will address specific concerns and personal goals. Clearly, corrective procedures will vary with each patient, and will depend on the extent and severity of conditions.
Post-pregnancy, some women find that abdominal skin and muscles recover quite well, although gained weight in the lower abdomen does persist. In this situation, liposuction could be a viable solution. For other women, abdominal skin and muscles do not measurably shrink, and here, the best solution is a traditional “tummy tuck” - removing excess skin/fat from the abdominal region. Once again, everything will depend on the patient’s condition, and the location of excess skin.
A Mommy Makeover can be very powerful in reversing the negative after-effects of pregnancy. Working directly with Dr. Beber, patients can choose the cosmetic procedure that best suits their unique anatomy and aesthetic goals. With regard to breasts, Dr. Beber will explore procedures to address specific issues: breast lifts to correct drooping; combination breast lift/breast reduction for those who want to reduce size; and breast augmentation for those who want to increase size.
Undergoing cosmetic procedures of any kind can be exciting and stressful at the same time. But with Dr. Beber, the clinic team is caring and supportive during every step of the process. Patients work collaboratively with the team to decide on the appropriate procedure, allowing Dr. Beber to achieve the best results possible. In short, patients can be sure that they are in the most capable hands – from their initial clinic phone call to their post-operative recovery.