Women’s bodies can change dramatically after pregnancy and nursing, and these changes often negatively affect their self-esteem and confidence. If you’re unhappy with the way your body has changed after having children, there’s something you can do about it. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Sacha Obaid of North Texas Plastic Surgery to discuss having a mommy makeover, a procedure that can restore your body and enhance your confidence.
A woman’s body changes in many ways after giving birth to a child. Some of these are caused by hormonal changes that affect the body, some by the growth of the baby inside the mother, and others are the result of breastfeeding.
Abdominal changes: The most dramatic change a woman experiences is typically what happens in the abdominal area. As the baby grows inside the mother, the uterus expands and pushes against the muscles of the abdominal wall. This causes the abdominal muscles and the skin of the abdomen to become stretched and may even cause the abdominal muscles to separate.
After giving birth, both the skin and the muscles are likely to remain stretched. When this is the case, no amount of dieting or exercise can return this part of the body to its pre-pregnancy appearance.
Breast changes: A similar situation can occur with the breasts. Several factors, including hormonal changes, pregnancy weight gain, and breastfeeding itself, cause the tissue of the breasts to enlarge. This causes the breast skin to stretch, just as abdominal skin stretches.
While the volume of the breast tissue reduces after pregnancy and breastfeeding, the skin doesn’t necessarily shrink to its pre-pregnancy state. As a result, a woman’s breasts may sag and appear shrunken, even if they’re the same size as they were before pregnancy.
For some women, the opposite happens: Their breasts grow larger with pregnancy and breastfeeding but remain larger rather than returning to their pre-pregnancy size.
Weight gain: During pregnancy, excess weight is commonly gained in the hips, thighs, and love handles. Regardless of the amount gained during pregnancy, women often find it difficult to shed their excess pounds afterward, even with diet and exercise.
These changes leave many women feeling less confident about their bodies. Reduced confidence can affect other areas of a woman’s life, including her work and relationships. In fact, it’s very common for women to experience post-pregnancy body changes and a resulting loss of confidence: In one survey of more than 7,000 mothers, 86% said their abdominal area hadn’t returned to normal 1 to 2 years post-pregnancy, and 64% said that their body image became worse after having a child.
If post-pregnancy body changes have reduced your self-confidence, you’re not alone, but knowing that doesn’t necessarily make those feelings any easier to cope with. Fortunately, there’s a way to regain your pre-pregnancy shape. A mommy makeover at North Texas Plastic Surgery can restore your body to its pre-pregnancy appearance and help restore your confidence too.
The mommy makeover procedure is designed to do two things: lift and reshape the breasts and tighten the abdominal area. In both cases, this is achieved by removing the stretched skin that developed as a result of pregnancy and/or breastfeeding.
Breasts: The excess skin that developed during pregnancy is removed in order to lift and firm up your breasts, restoring them to a look and feel that is similar to their pre-pregnancy look and feel. This part of the procedure might also include placing breast implants, depending on the patient’s preference. Alternatively, a woman might want to have a breast reduction and lift if her breasts grew disproportionately large as a result of pregnancy.
Abdominal area: The muscles of the abdomen are tightened, and the excess skin that developed during pregnancy is removed. With tighter abdominal muscles, your stomach appears flatter, and the removal of excess skin helps to smooth the tummy area.
Liposuction: For women who find it difficult to shed the weight they gained during pregnancy, liposuction can remove fat from the hips, love handles, and thighs.
A customized procedure: While the traditional mommy makeover typically includes a breast lift, tummy tuck, and liposuction, you have the freedom to further customize your own makeover if you have different goals for your body. For example, some women choose to have additional liposuction in other parts of the body, additional reshaping procedures such as a thigh lift, or facial injections at the same time.
At your mommy makeover consultation in Southlake or Plano, you’ll meet with Dr. Obaid to discuss your concerns about your body and your options for the makeover procedure. With this information, Dr. Obaid can create a personalized makeover plan designed to help you achieve your body goals. At this consultation, you should feel free to ask as many questions as you have, whether they’re about the surgery, the post-surgery recovery period, or any other matter relating to the mommy makeover procedure.
One thing that many people find daunting about cosmetic surgery is the uncertainty; it can be difficult to visualize the results of a procedure beforehand. When you’re thinking about your own procedure, this can make it difficult to make choices about how you want your body to look. At North Texas Plastic Surgery, we provide essential information and tools to help you make the best choices for your body.
One of these tools is Crisalix, a computer simulation program that allows you to see exactly how your body will change after surgery. To do this, Dr. Obaid will take several photos of you at your consultation, then scan these into a computer program. The program generates a 3D image of your body, which can be altered to show the effects of different surgical procedures. Crisalix takes the uncertainty away, so you can feel confident that you’re making the right choices for you.
At this consultation you’ll also discuss any medical matters that might affect your surgery, such as medications you’re taking. In some cases, you might be asked to stop taking a certain medication for a couple of weeks before the surgery. Additionally, smokers will be asked to cease smoking for one month before the procedure, as the effects of smoking slow down healing.
Once your consultation is complete and you’ve decided to go ahead with the procedure, Dr. Obaid will schedule your surgery.
On the day of your procedure, you’ll meet with Dr. Obaid again to discuss any last-minute details, so that you know exactly what’s going to happen and what to expect afterward.
Then it’s time for the surgery itself, which is performed under a general anesthetic. A typical breast lift or augmentation takes around one hour, while a tummy tuck takes two to three hours to complete. A full mommy makeover usually lasts between three and five hours. Depending on your current health and fitness and the procedures you choose, you may have the full makeover in one session, or you might return for a second session.
After the surgery, you’ll stay at the North Texas Plastic Surgery center overnight to make sure your needs are fully met during the first 24 hours. After this first night, most women feel well, are eating and drinking normally, and can return home. You might experience some pain and discomfort for two or three days afterward and will likely want to rest for several days before returning to your normal routine.
A week later, you’ll return to the center to meet with Dr. Obaid for a post-surgery checkup. This is to ensure that your incisions are healing well and that your recovery is proceeding as normal. At this time your body will likely still be experiencing some swelling, but you’ll probably already be able to see some of the changes that the procedure has made.
Note that for the first two to three months it’s important to restrict your physical activity, in particular lifting and other activities that use the core muscles. You’ll also be advised to wear compression garments for the first few weeks, to reduce swelling and help support and protect your breasts and abdomen.
It will be up to a full year before the final results of your mommy makeover can be seen, as it takes time for your body to heal and settle into its new shape, and for scars to fade. However, you’ll see preliminary results long before that, and within two to three months after the procedure, you should have a good idea of how your body will look when fully healed.
Dr. Sacha Obaid is a highly skilled cosmetic surgeon who genuinely cares about his patients. He uses advanced tools and techniques with every mommy makeover to ensure that each patient has the best results possible.
If you’re unhappy with the way your body has changed after having children, a mommy makeover may be just what you need to restore your confidence. Are you ready to see what a mommy makeover can do for you? Contact North Texas Plastic Surgery now to schedule a consultation in our Southlake or Plano location!
After you’ve carried and delivered the gift that is your child, you may find yourself wishing you could return to your pre-pregnancy shape. Consider a mommy makeover. While typically comprised of a breast augmentation, lift, and reduction; a full or mini tummy tuck; and liposuction, this procedure, which is done under general anesthesia, is built by you and your board-certified surgeon to achieve what will make you happy.