What is a Mommy Makeover?
The “mommy makeover” offered by The Plastic Surgery Center of Nashville should include whatever procedures are needed by any particular “mommy”: liposuction, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, labiaplasty, and more. Those of us that have given birth know that our bodies change with pregnancy-sometimes a little and sometimes a lot-but they all change. Even both of our surgeons have been “mommies” and both experienced their own unique changes.
Most women who seek a mommy makeover have experienced some degree of breast changes, which can include a decrease in size, increase in size, more sagging, or a change in nipple size. In addition, the abdominal wall may change, creating stretch marks, extra skin and relaxation and separation of the abdominal wall muscles. Also, some of us have stubborn fat deposits that weren’t there prior to the hormonal changes that occur with pregnancy. In addition to these alterations, possible changes in the labia can develop from congestion during pregnancy.
The important thing to recognize about the Mommy Makeover is that just as all our children our different, so are the effects that having children can have on our bodies! Thankfully, the Mommy Makeover is customizable enough to adapt for any of these issues. No matter how many fixes you need, it is possible to perform all procedures at the same time for your Mommy Makeover, or to separate them if necessary.
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A great video from Dr. Gingrass & Dr. Haws about the Mommy Makeover
Because of changes caused by pregnancy and breast feeding, women may wish to increase their breast volume through a breast augmentation with an implant. Although, women who had breast augmentation prior to pregnancy may find that their implants aren’t quite right. They might require another breast augmentation to fix implants, and to either increase or decrease implant size. Others might find that the volume of the breast is fine, but the shape of the breast that has changed. These women might want a mastopexy, also known as a breast lift, to reshape the breast by tightening the breast tissue and the breast skin. A breast implant may be placed at the same time as the mastopexy if an increase in breast size is also desired.
A tummy tuck is an essential part of the mommy makeover. During pregnancy, the belly’s skin has to stretch to accommodate the growing baby while the abdominal wall muscles have to separate and stretch apart to allow for growth. Depending on your skin type, and how fast you gained your pregnancy weight you might also develop stretch marks. A tummy tuck, aka an abdominoplasty, can tighten muscle and skin while a mini tummy tuck can tighten only either skin or muscle. Unfortunately, while there is no magic cure for stretch marks yet, tightening the surrounding skin using a tummy tuck may help their appearance.
Liposuction is one of the best procedures for body contouring and the Mommy Makeover. Liposuction is an important part of the mommy makeover because after pregnancy, many women find that they have gained new contours, unfortunately they’re not the good kind! We more often see these changes in the posterior hips and sometimes the thighs. Thankfully, these areas are very responsive to the fat reduction techniques of liposuction. Liposuction is also great for areas like the hips, abdomen, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks, and neck.
During the later stages of pregnancy, it is not uncommon for the pelvis to become congested and to cause swelling of the labia. After pregnancy, some women find that the labia minora now hangs outside the labia majora, causing a lot of discomfort. A procedure to “trim” or shorten these labia can be done with any portion of your mommy makeover or be even alone, usually under local anesthesia.
Contact our Nashville, TN practice today to find out if a Mommy Makeover is right for you.