Motherhood is a joyful experience, but many women find the effects of pregnancy and nursing to be tough on their figures and their confidence. Every day, Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso of Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center meet women that are unhappy with the ways their bodies have changed after having children. The plastic surgeons often recommend a treatment known as the mommy makeover, which combines several plastic surgery procedures to return a patient’s body to its pre-pregnancy glory.
In this post, Bay Area plastic surgeons Dr. Pearl and Dr. Ereso explain the procedures commonly included in most mommy makeovers.
The abdominal area is acutely affected by pregnancy. The skin and muscles stretch to accommodate the growing baby, and often do not contract after the baby is born. No amount of diet or exercise can tighten the skin or muscles — a tummy tuck is the most effective way to remedy these problems.
During the procedure, Dr. Pearl and Dr. Ereso remove loose skin and excess fat and repair the abdominal muscles. They can also move the belly button to a more natural location on the abdomen. The overall result is a flatter, firmer abdomen and more attractive physique.
The breasts also change with pregnancy and nursing. Many women find their breasts look saggy, flat and “deflated” after breastfeeding. Breast lift is designed to elevate the breasts higher on the chest and give them a more attractive shape. Excess skin is removed, the tissue is reshaped higher on the chest and the nipple can be relocated to a perkier position on the breast mound if needed.
Some mothers opt to have breast implants placed at the time of breast lift surgery. The implants can provide a modest or dramatic boost in breast volume, depending on the woman’s specific aesthetic goals.
Many mommy makeovers include liposuction to eliminate pesky body fat that lingers after pregnancy. Liposuction can help sculpt the thighs, hips, buttocks, waist, upper arms or even the neck and under the chin.
What Will Your Mommy Makeover Include?
Your mommy makeover in the Bay Area will be tailored to your individual concerns and personal goals. Dr. Pearl or Dr. Ereso will sit down with you to discuss the areas of your body that bother you, and determine a suitable course of correction. Most likely your mommy makeover will be completed in a single operation, although some makeovers are spaced out into separate procedures performed over the span of a few months.
To discuss your mommy makeover options with our board-certified plastic surgeons, please contact Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center and request an appointment today.