A Mommy Makeover at our Torrance plastic surgery office is comprised of a breast enhancement (breast augmentation, reduction and/or lift) plus a tummy tuck (with or without liposuction). Designed to re-create–as much as possible–a woman’s pre-baby body, a Mommy Makeover addresses sagging breasts, stretch marks and excess tissue in the tummy area.
Many of our South Bay plastic surgery patients come to us after the frustration of attempting to get their post-baby bodies back into shape through diet and exercise. Although working out and eating right are essential for good health, the stretching and expansion that occurs during pregnancy often permanently change the shape of a woman’s midsection. Pregnancy and breastfeeding often causes permanent changes in the breasts, leaving Mom with either deflated, sagging breasts or, less often, breasts that expanded through pregnancy and breastfeeding and never returned to their pre-pregnancy size and shape.
The Causes of Post-Pregnancy Belly
During the second or third trimester, the two large parallel bands of abdominal muscles–that usually meet in the middle–pull apart to accommodate the growing infant. This creates a condition called diastasis recti. While almost all women experience diastasis recti during their pregnancies, and in about 50% of women these muscles move back into position within about 6-8 weeks after delivery, many women experience permanent separation of the muscles after pregnancy is over. A tummy tuck is the only way to “close the gap” between the two muscles to create a tighter tummy.
How a Tummy Tuck Fixes Post-Pregnancy Belly
When a tummy tuck (AKA abdominoplasty) is performed, an incision is made from hip to hip as low on the abdomen as possible. The skin and fat above the incision is lifted from the abdominal muscles up to the rib cage. The space between the muscles is corrected with sutures, creating an “internal corset.” Excess skin is removed and the tummy is pulled down like a window shade and then sutured in place. (Don’t worry, you’ll still have a belly button!). So long as you don’t gain weight or become pregnant again after your tummy tuck, aside from aging, the results are permanent.
How Breast Enhancements Fix Post-Pregnancy Breasts
During pregnancy, your breasts naturally expand. Breastfeeding further affects the size and shape of your breasts as milk is produced and your baby nurses, forcing the skin around the breasts to expand and contract. After breastfeeding ends, many women’s breasts are saggy and deflated, while other women find that their large “pregnancy breasts” remain larger than they were before pregnancy. Depending upon the woman’s needs, a breast augmentation, breast lift and/or breast reduction can create breasts that are lifted, full and natural in appearance. Our Torrance plastic surgeons use breasts implants or fat transfer to augment the breasts. You can find more detailed information about these procedures by clicking the links above.
How Soon Can You Have a Mommy Makeover?
A mom needs at least 6 months after delivery before undergoing a tummy tuck to ensure that she has lost as much “baby weight” as possible. Also, hormones affect your skin’s elasticity, so we want to be certain your hormones are back to your normal state prior to the procedure. Last, you cannot lift anything heavier than 15 lbs. for 6-8 weeks after your procedure, so many women wait until their youngest child is walking or, alternatively, make sure they have help at home during recovery to lift young children in and out of strollers, carseats, highchairs and bathtubs. There’s no point in having a tummy tuck only to undo the results by strenuous lifting and/or exercise too soon afterward.
Can a Woman Be “Too Old” for a Mommy Makeover?
So long as you are in good health, you’re never “too old” for an aesthetic enhancement that makes you feel better about your appearance!
If you’re interested in a Mommy Makeover, call 310-784-0644 and ask Yvette, our Cosmetic Coordinator, to schedule your appointment with one of our South Bay board certified plastic surgeons. In about an hour, you’ll understand what kind of Mommy Makeover will give you the results you desire!