The birth of your baby marks a significant change in your life. The excitement of giving birth, holding your newborn, and watching them develop is fulfilling, bringing you endless joy. Pregnancy and childbirth may also change your body in certain ways. Many women experience physical changes in their breasts and abdomen that affect their self-confidence. While this is common and completely normal, there are surgical body contouring options that can reverse these changes and help restore your body to its pre-pregnancy appearance.
A mommy makeover combines body contouring procedures to address issues that diet and exercise cannot repair after childbirth. These issues usually include loose skin on the breast and abdomen, sagging breasts, stretch marks, and fat deposits on the thighs, hips, and buttocks. Such issues may arise due to hormonal changes, the size of the baby you carried, weight gain and loss, and breastfeeding. If you think a mommy makeover in Midlothian might be right for you, get in touch with Dr. Matthew H. Steele to discuss what he can do for you.
As your body goes through the normal physical changes of pregnancy, many women find that their bodies do not fully recover after giving birth. Your breasts enlarge quickly with breastfeeding which can result in skin stretching and breast sagging, while your abdominal muscles and skin are stretched to a point of residual looseness.
While a mommy makeover will address these physical changes caused by pregnancy and childbirth, one of the most important benefits you will enjoy is increased self-confidence. You naturally feel better when you look your best. Dr. Steele will consult with you to determine the best approach for getting your body back to its pre-pregnancy appearance.
Dr. Steele will customize your mommy makeover procedure to address your unique areas of concern and goals, laying out a plan for getting you back to your best self. Dr. Steele may combine more than one of the procedures discussed below.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause a breakdown of breast support, leaving you with sagging breasts. A breast lift can restore your breasts to a lifted, more youthful shape. Breast lifts can also be performed with implants, which increase breast volume and upper breast fullness.
During breast augmentation surgery, implants are placed under the breasts to increase size, as well as improve breast shape and projection. This can restore a loss of fullness after pregnancy or even increase breast size to your desired goal.
Tummy tuck surgery removes sagging abdominal skin caused by pregnancy and weight loss, tightens the abdominal muscles, and removes excess fat. Removing the skin below your navel often reduces or eliminates stretch marks as well.
Liposuction is key for that stubborn fat that will not disappear with diet and exercise. Dr. Steele may combine liposuction with a tummy tuck to further contour your waistline and eliminate excess fat.
There is no absolute when it comes to recovery time, as it generally depends on the number of procedures you undergo and the extent of your surgery. However, most Midlothian patients can return to work within 10 to 15 days after mommy makeover surgery.
Your abdomen will be tight for the first couple of weeks, and you may feel pain or tightness in your breasts. A few days after surgery, Dr. Steele will place you in a compression garment and, for breast procedures, a specific sports bra for added support. You can usually resume cardio exercise after four weeks and strength training at about six weeks, though you should avoid certain core activities for at least two months.
Any surgical procedure leaves scars. However, the placement and precision of your incisions will minimize the appearance. Dr. Steele will give you instructions on caring for your scars to minimize their appearance.
Dr. Matthew Steele is a board-certified Plastic Surgeon who has helped women like you look and feel their best with a mommy makeover. This procedure can be a great option for moms who are looking to refresh their appearance after childbirth.
If you are considering a mommy makeover in Midlothian, you may have some questions. Dr. Steele is happy to walk you through your options and answer your questions during an initial consultation, so call today to set up yours.