What Can I Include in My Mommy Makeover?
Being a mom is hard work. For many women, rewinding the physical effects of pregnancy and childbirth on top of everything else can be a nearly impossible task. Even after all of the hard work, the end result may fall short. This is because some of the effects of pregnancy and childbirth are permanent and can require a surgical procedure to change. Fortunately, the mommy makeover is designed to address many of these areas all at once so you can achieve your goals without the need for multiple surgeries and multiple recoveries. A mommy makeover can be customized depending on your unique needs and anatomy, so here are some of the most common procedures you can pick from to make your mommy makeover the best option for you.
Both pregnancy and nursing can take a toll on the shape, size, and position of the breasts. After these phases, many women notice their breasts aren’t where they’d like them to be. One fundamental procedure in a mommy makeover addresses the breasts and restores them to a more youthful position and projection. The most effective way to do this is with a breast lift which removes excess skin and lifts the breasts and nipples to a more youthful position. Often, this can be combined with a breast augmentation where implants are placed within the breast to restore lost volume and improve fullness in the upper portion of the breasts that have a tendency to be deflated. This combination technique can produce excellent results. Alternatively, some women opt for a breast reduction with a breast lift if nursing has caused their breasts to become uncomfortably large.
Another central procedure in a mommy makeover is a tummy tuck. During pregnancy and childbirth, the abdominal muscles can become stretched and ineffective. An important part of a tummy tuck is suturing and tightening these muscles so that they can provide better support. This has been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms like back pain and urinary incontinence in postpartum women. Most importantly, it removes sagging skin and stretch marks, restoring the overall profile and appearance of the abdomen.
Many women struggle to lose fat after pregnancy, commonly called ‘baby weight’. This is often because of the way the female body stores fat. Procedures like liposuction and body lifts can help reduce these fatty pockets and trim away excess skin where fat previously existed. If you opt for liposuction, you can consider your options for fat transfer to other areas where you want extra volume. This so-called Brazillian Butt Lift can serve to improve your waist-to-hip ratio and create a more youthful, hourglass shape.
Pregnancy and childbirth can cause a number of changes to the labia. Changes in color and size are frequent. These changes can cause discomfort during everyday life and especially during intercourse. A labiaplasty procedure can restore the appearance and function of the inner labia. Many women find both physical and emotional relief with a labiaplasty procedure, and Dr. Shaddix can recommend the right techniques for you.
Dr. Kyle Shaddix is a double-board certified plastic surgeon with many years of experience in helping women feel comfortable and confident in their bodies after pregnancy and childbirth. To get started on your unique mommy makeover procedure, contact our Pensacola office by calling or filling out our online form.