Having children can be one of the most rewarding and gratifying experiences of a person’s life – it can also profoundly change a woman’s body. And those changes don’t always go away after the baby is born. The Mommy Makeover at our Boston plastic surgery practice is one of the most popular combination procedures available to women, restoring your post-pregnancy body to its pre-pregnancy state.
What Happens During Pregnancy
Pregnancy causes a whole mess of hormone fluctuations that affect your mood, appetite, and body shape. Physically, your abdomen and breasts are especially affected.
Your abdomen is full of muscles and something called an inner girdle that protects all your vital organs. It also protects your baby while it’s growing inside you. As your baby grows, the muscles and skin stretch and expand. Once the baby is born, you’re left with stretch marks, loose skin tissue that sags around your middle, and an accumulation of extra fat deposits that hang on your hips and stomach.
Your breasts also grow and become more sensitive to get ready for breastfeeding. Different women experience different things with their breasts after breastfeeding is over. Some women have breasts that maintain their larger size. Others have breasts that appear deflated and simply hang loose on their frame. A lot of women experience something in the middle, where their breasts shrink, but start to sag due to the skin tissue growth.
When you have more than one child, your body’s reactions tend to become more pronounced with each pregnancy, especially when you have your children close together. Your body doesn’t have as much time to recover from being pregnant, so the effects just build upon themselves.
How Mommy Makeovers Help
After being pregnant, some women are able to reclaim their pre-pregnancy body without much difficulty. Others are able to partially restore their bodies with a good diet and exercise. Many women, however, struggle with the toll that pregnancy takes on their bodies and can’t get them back to their former state no matter how hard they try.
This is where a Mommy Makeover can help. The procedure is actually a combination of procedures that targets the abdomen and the breasts so that moms can look and feel as they did before. Usually this is done with a tummy tuck, breast surgery, and liposuction.
When You Can Get a Mommy Makeover
To be a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover, you should first and foremost be in good overall health. That means having an established and regular exercise regimen and a well-balanced diet. It’s also a good idea to be a nonsmoker and limit your alcohol intake.
You should also feel finished with childbearing. The procedures involved in the Mommy Makeover can be undone by becoming pregnant again. So before you decide to undergo the surgery, you should take steps to prevent future pregnancies.
Since you’ve obviously been pregnant before and possibly still have children running around the house, you also need to be sure that you have a good support system at home to take care of the kids and run your household. After your surgery, you’ll be laid up for up to two weeks while you recover and you won’t be able to fully return to your normal routine for about three weeks. Knowing that your family and house will be well-managed while you recover will go a long way to ensuring a successful surgery.
Becoming a Mommy Makeover Patient
If you meet the criteria for the Mommy Makeover surgery and are interested in learning more about the procedures involved, contact Dr. Christopher Davidson at his office in Wellesley, MA to schedule a consultation. Dr. Davidson will do an examination of your body and go over your medical history. Dr. Davidson is a board-certified plastic surgeon committed to giving his patients the best possible care and the best possible results.
As a mother, you have one of the toughest jobs out there – you deserve to have the body you want! To get the Mommy Makeover process started, call (781) 237-7700 or send an email through our Patient Contact page today.