Creating a family is an amazing journey — from one tiny egg, a full-fledged human being emerges. But the effects this creative process can have on your body may not be so welcome.
If you’d like to cherish the fruits of your labor with a body that belies the journey to get there, consider a mommy makeover. Plastic surgeon Darren M. Smith, MD, has extensive experience helping women in the New York City area and around the world regain their pre-pregnancy bodies, allowing them to enjoy being both a mother and a woman.
Here’s a look at what a mommy makeover can do for you as well as when and why you should consider the procedure.
The road to life
In just nine short months, your body goes through incredible changes to accommodate a growing life, literally stretching itself to the limits. The “six-pack muscles” (rectus abdominis muscles) spread apart to accommodate the growing uterus. The separation between your muscles (called a “rectus diastasis”) can leave you with a visible abdominal bulge after delivery as well as core weakness. Additionally, as your baby grows, the skin on your abdomen can stretch beyond its ability to bounce back, gaining unwelcome stretch marks and losing its previous tone and elasticity. Sagging, loose, skin - especially on your lower abdomen - is the result of this process.
Your breasts also undergo significant changes with pregnancy. They will typically increase in size during gestation as the hormones of pregnancy induce milk production and lactation, and then lose volume after delivery. This increase and decrease in volume can lead to a sagging, deflated appearance. These changes are magnified if you breastfeed, which can also unfavorable affect the size and shape of your nipples and areolas.
Some women find that pregnancy and lactation lead to other changes in body shape as well. For example, some report a flattening of the buttocks, resulting in “mommy butt,” which is essentially a flatter, less perky version of your pre-pregnancy derriere. Further still, vaginal delivery of your child can exact a toll on your genitalia, leaving it more lax than before.
Every woman is different, and every pregnancy is different, but odds are that you may have one or more of these post-pregnancy issues.
The mommy makeover
A mommy makeover is a group of procedures that address your unique concerns and can include:
- Tummy tuck
- Breast augmentation
- Breast lift
- Breast reduction
- Butt lift
- Vaginal rejuvenation
- Other procedures
Dr. Smith doesn’t perform these procedures all at once, but he does try and combine them when he can or at least do them in an order that minimizes your downtime. Ultimately, a mommy makeover is different for every woman, and you can choose just one or two of these procedures or the whole slate if one or more pregnancies have done a number on your body.
When you come in for your initial consultation, Dr. Smith sits down with you to review the effects of pregnancy, discuss your options, and determine where you may benefit most. He works within your goals and budget to come up with a solution that restores your body (and maybe even improves it a little!), leaving you to enjoy motherhood with a renewed confidence.
Timing is everything
One of the most important things to consider when you’re contemplating a mommy makeover is that it’s best done after you’re finished having children. These procedures offer great long-term results, but they can be quickly undone with another pregnancy. So before you even consider a mommy makeover, please be sure that you won’t be expanding your family down the road.
If you’d like to explore your options for a mommy makeover, please give us a call to set up a consultation. Or you can use the online scheduling tool on this website to request an appointment.