When people congratulate you on being a mom, it is normal to crave a complete mommy makeover to make you feel great again. Children are a blessing. They bring so much happiness to our lives, but can really take a significant toll on our bodies. The stretching of the stomach muscles and skin, thighs, breasts, and other areas can lead to stretch marks, excess fat deposits, and loose sagging skin. Many of today’s moms don’t feel they should sacrifice the way they look just because they’ve had children. More and more women are discovering that there is, in fact, a way to reclaim their bodies – cosmetic surgery.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
Women are counteracting the effects of pregnancy on their bodies by choosing a “Mommy Makeover”. This is a combination of procedures meant to address those effects of pregnancy that cannot be reversed through diet and exercise. A mommy makeover is not just for recent moms, some women wait several years before deciding to treat themselves. Commonly, a tummy tuck is combined with either a breast augmentation, or in some cases a breast augmentation and a breast lift. Liposuction is also an option for certain areas.
Why Do You Need a Mommy Makeover?
The changes to the body from pregnancy are not all on the outside. As the baby grows and forces the uterus against the inside muscle wall of the abdomen, those vertical muscles get stretched apart and elongate, which results in a “pouch” on the lower stomach that can’t be fixed with diet and exercise alone. A tummy tuck is required to bring those muscles back together.
Hormone fluctuations during pregnancy can cause the size of the breasts to change. Some women experience extensive swelling, sometimes causing a difference of one to two cup sizes. In addition to the postpartum loss of fat tissue, swelling can cause the skin to stretch and then sag. No amount of exercise can re-tighten that skin.
A breast lift or mastopexy can be performed to remove the excess skin and “lift” the breasts to reduce the sagging. As the body prepares to nurture a child, milk glands in the breasts swell and replace fatty tissue. After childbirth, these glands shrink and leave extra skin. In this case, a breast augmentation can be performed. You can bring your breasts back to their youthful contour with natural looking and safe implants.
Another result from breastfeeding can be the change in the size and/or shape of the nipples. Some women’s nipples become larger in size, and more protuberant. Surgery can correct this and with a mommy makeover in Miami, your problem will be solved.
Who are the Ideal Candidates for a Mommy Makeover Procedure?
There are many factors to consider before undergoing surgery, such as your current health, the areas of your body you want to improve. Good candidates: you have successfully lost weight after your pregnancy but cannot get rid of stubborn areas of fat and or sagging skin.
The Max Makeover: Dr. Polo’s Signature Procedure
In this episode of Slices, Dr. Michael Kelly meets with his long-time colleague Dr. Max Polo to discuss his signature procedure The Max Makeover. The Max Makeover is Dr. Max Polo’s version of the mommy makeover, which is usually a breast lift or augmentation with a tummy tuck/abdominoplasty.
Recovery from a Mommy Makeover
Post-pregnancy surgery should not be done until you have allowed time for your body to fully recover (3 months after breastfeeding is ideal). It is important to diet and exercise to get back to your optimal pre-pregnancy weight.