While having children is an extremely rewarding experience, the physical changes that accompany pregnancy, childbearing, and breastfeeding can cause an array of aesthetic concerns that are often difficult to resolve with diet and exercise alone. These changes can affect a range of different body areas and may include an accumulation of stubborn fat, a protruding abdominal appearance, or a loss of breast volume. If you are seeking enhancement in multiple body areas, a Mommy Makeover is a treatment custom designed to help women comprehensively meet their cosmetic goals and restore their pre-pregnancy figure. Known for achieving remarkably natural-looking results, our Beverly Hills-trained plastic surgeon, Geoffrey Leber, MD, FACS, offers a Mommy Makeover at his Boston-area practice and customizes the treatment to attain your ideal cosmetic outcome.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover is a series of treatments that primarily aim to address the physical transformation that the body undergoes as a result of pregnancy and nursing. The procedures that constitute a Mommy Makeover are completely personalized and chosen according to your unique needs and aesthetic concerns. Depending on these considerations, a Mommy Makeover can improve a number of regions, including the:
- Excess fat stores
After a thorough consultation in which Dr. Leber can gain an understanding of your reasons for treatment, he can suggest the most effective procedures to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Ideal candidates for a Mommy Makeover are healthy enough to undergo surgery and have no uncontrolled medical conditions that may inhibit the healing process. Additionally, those considering treatment should desire improvement in the areas commonly affected by pregnancy and nursing.
What Are My Options in a Mommy Makeover?
Your treatment plan in a Mommy Makeover will be developed based on which body areas you seek to enhance. Commonly, women who undergo a Mommy Makeover desire comprehensive improvement in their body contour, a concern that can be effectively addressed with a range of body sculpting procedures. Special consideration is often given to the abdomen, as this area frequently undergoes the most changes after pregnancy.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
More often than not, the pregnancy process causes excessive stretching and weakening of the abdominal wall that creates the appearance of an expanded midsection. The abdominal muscles may also be separated or stretched while the skin loses its elasticity—combined, these factors can cause a protruding or hanging abdominal profile that is resistant to efforts in toning, dieting, or exercise.
An abdominoplasty—often referred to as a tummy tuck— can be highly effective in reversing the physical “wear and tear” suffered during pregnancy. This procedure is designed to provide a slimmer, flatter, and firmer abdominal appearance by removing excess skin, tightening loose or separated abdominal muscles, and pulling remaining skin taut. While many surgeons perform the procedure to solely tighten the abdominal wall, Dr. Leber works to create additional muscular definition in the abdomen by returning separated muscles to their pre-pregnancy position. Furthermore, he preserves the belly button hollow and places incisions inside this hollow (as opposed to encircling the naval) to allow more discreet scarring and natural-looking results.
There are a number of breast surgery options that can address the volume loss, skin laxity, and breast sag that commonly result after pregnancy and breastfeeding. A breast lift, with or without the addition of implants, is a popular treatment choice to reduce breast sag and restore the breasts’ youthful positioning on the chest wall. Many women opt for further enhancement by having implants placed in conjunction with the breast lift procedure to correct deficits in breast volume. While the breast lift with implants combination surgery can be an excellent choice, a breast augmentation alone can also achieve beautiful results by increasing breast volume and fullness while restoring shape and symmetry. For women whose breasts have grown uncomfortably larger due to childbearing, a breast reduction can achieve a more proportional breast appearance and body contour.
Liposuction can be a relatively simple addition to your Mommy Makeover that creates a dramatic difference. If you are bothered by stubborn fat pockets that reside in the abdomen, waistline, arms, thighs, back, or flanks, liposuction can remove these isolated fat stores with minimal incisions for improved definition and contour in the treated area(s). Depending on your cosmetic goals, liposuction typically serves as an exceptional complement to the tummy tuck procedure.
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How is a Mommy Makeover Performed?
During your consultation, Dr. Leber will perform a review of your medical history and a physical examination. He will help you determine which procedures can achieve your goals for surgery, and your treatment plan will be formulated based on your aesthetic concerns. Once your treatment plan is finalized, the details of your enhancement—including the combination of chosen treatments—will establish whether your Mommy Makeover can be performed at one time or through a series of sessions. To ensure you are well-informed about every step of the process, Dr. Leber will thoroughly explain each aspect of your Mommy Makeover and provide a general timeline of what you can expect. The recovery period for a Mommy Makeover is subjective for each patient and will depend on the nature of your treatment plan as well as your body’s unique rate of healing. Detailed pre- and post-operative instructions will be provided in person.
The combination of procedures that constitute a Mommy Makeover generally allow women to regain their pre-pregnancy figure with natural-looking results and less time and expense than would be sacrificed if the procedures were performed separately.
To learn more about this comprehensive treatment, or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Leber, please don’t hesitate to contact our practice today.