{Aired 05.31.14}

Today we want to inform women of their choices  who are interested in returning to the pre-pregnancy bodies after having children.  Mommy makeovers are becoming more popular for women who are returning to careers after childbirth or who simply want to recover what they lost after breastfeeding.  What is a mommy makeover and are you a candidate?  This show will educate you to the possibilities, which procedures  are the most popular and can you really gain back the youthful body you once had?

Why Get a Mommy Makeover?

What is a mommy makeover? Let’s begin with “mommy makeover” is not a medical term but rather a marketing term to indicate preggo momprocedures (whether invasive or non-invasive) that alter one’s appearance that was changed due to childbirth. The mommy makeover may include a tummy tuck, liposuction, a breast lift, possibly a breast enhancement or augmentation.

Hormonal changes that take place in the body can really wreak havoc on one’s physical appearance – whether that is weight gain that changes the size and shape of the body or certain areas of the body – not all pregnant women gain weight in all areas – for some they only gain in the abdominal area; others gain weight all over.  Areas that are definitely affected are the breast, abdomen, thighs, hips and buttocks.  Some women gain  20 lbs or less, others gain significantly more weight.  This is all due to the body responding to the pregnacy. The body will begin storing fat in preparation for the pregnancy.

Pregnancy has different effects on each woman’s body. A major factor is the number of  pregnancies  a woman goes through, this will have lasting effects. Some women get stretch marks; others don’t get any and we can blame this on genetics. What can be done to restore normalcy to the body?  Let’s find out…

Effects on the Breasts after Breast Feeding

Breasts will enlarge during pregnancy & lactation – this stretches the skin and the result can be excess skin creating sagging breasts or over sized breasts with more breast tissue. These procedures are typically needed to restore the shape of the breast and typically recommended after breast feeding has stopped:

Before / After Breast Feeding: The Nipple is no longer in the same position, almost sagging.

Before / After Breast Feeding: The Nipple is no longer in the same position and the breast is now hanging lower.

  • Breast Augmentation – lactation can cause the breast to shrink after lactation stops or even cause a droopy effect. Breast implants will help restore the shape and even give a “lift” to the breasts when the proper size implant is selected.
  • Breast Reduction – after one or more children a woman’s breast tissue will increase and maintain even after breast feeding. When this occurs the only solution would be a breast reduction to reduce the breast tissue, reposition the nipple/areola and lift the breasts.
  • Darkening of the areola and elongated nipple – this is a result after breast feeding, in order to repair the  nipple a surgeon will shorten the extended nipple and make the areola complex smaller – both are cosmetic changes that can be done safely in an office or out patient setting.

Effects on the Tummy After Giving Birth

The second most commonly performed procedure is a tummy tuck. The abdominal muscle can be separated after childbirth due to the

Stretch marks and sagging skin after pregnancy.

Stretch marks and sagging skin after pregnancy.

growth of the baby or a c-section incision. A tummy tuck is the removal of excess skin which is what most women will inquire about.

  • Stretchmarks – can be removed with laser therapy depending on the age of the stretch marks.
  • Flabby abdomens – can be repaired by removing the excess skin with a tummy tuck 
  • C-Section scars – women who have had C-sections will more likely require a tummy tuck because the muscles are cut and may need repair/tightening. Most women also notice a fold of skin over the c-section incision which will need surgical repair and may be covered by insurance. It is important to inform your surgeon if you had a c-section and any other issues you may experience because of the incision including rashes, skin irritation or inability to perform daily activities. 
  • Linea Negra – is a vertical line the develops in the second trimester. The skin pigment will change due to hormonal changes associated with the pregnancy.  This line will disappear in 6-52 weeks and can be more prominent on fair skin. Laser treatment can help reduce the color of this line if it does not go away on its own.

Liposuction – What are the Hot Spots

The hips, buttocks and abdomen are the most common areas for women after a pregnancy. Remember – liposuction is available in large volumes however you will have the best results if you diet and exercise first. Liposuction was invented to get rid of pockets of fat that do not respond to exercise and diet. This is not a weight loss tool but rather a way to restore the body back to the normal shape.

Some women who prefer to not get breast implants may ask for a fat transfer to their breasts. This means fat from the back, butt, thighs and tummy will be harvested and placed in their breasts to help create a fuller look to the breasts.  Although this sounds like a 2 for 1 deal, keep in mind that if the woman continues to exercise the fat in the breasts will not maintain itself and may reduce in size. After all fat is fat and will go away with exercise.

Why Moms are Prone to Cellulite cellulite-11

The formation of cellulite can be attributed to four things: fat deposits, connective tissue, genes and lifestyle. Unfortunately for us, women are predisposed to lose on all four fronts.

  • Fat Deposits – after puberty and especially during pregnancy, our bodies add and store fat (mostly around the hips, buttocks and thighs) for evolutionary reasons: to have energy on hand in case food is scarce when we have a baby to feed.
  • Connective Tissue – men and women have different connective tissue. Skin connects to the body’s muscles beneath it through fibrous strands known as septae. In men, the septae runs diagonal to the skin, but in women, they’re vertical. The resulting effect is that in women, the fat chambers in between septae create a puckered look, while in men, they don’t.
  • Genes  – the genetic coding for your body’s connective tissue, fat storage, metabolism, and hormones has been passed down from generations.

  • Lifestyle – Insufficient movement and exercise, too much salt, too many carbs, not enough fiber and inadequate hydration all keep fat stored in your body.

Plastic Surgery Judgement

Some believe that women are trying to solve emotional problems with surgery, that they are trying to put a band aid on larger issues they are not willing to work on or not willing to face. Some feel that part of self acceptance has to do with just accepting the changes that come with being a parent and the body getting older or having a baby. Judgement comes into play.

Hormonal changes/ adrenals problems/ thyroid issues all affect weight – no absolute solution and no one cause – every woman is different as every pregnancy is different. No one diet or exercise can make your body return to it’s shape prior to a pregnancy. With that said – if a woman is trying to restore her body back to what she remembered prior to the pregnancy – it  is her decision, it’s her body, no judgement needed.