For most women, childbirth is a wonderful, life-changing event. It represents the culmination of a dramatic body transformation, which occurred over the proceeding nine months. In some situations, return to pre-motherhood figure occurs over the 3 to 6 months following delivery. However, many women express frustration and dissatisfaction when they’re unable to recover their prepregnancy shape, despite appropriate diet and exercise. This is especially common for women who’ve delivered their second or subsequent child. Invariably, these permanent, unwanted changes prominently involve the breast and/or abdominal/torso areas. Typical post-pregnancy breast changes include loss of volume (or a ‘deflated’ breast appearance) along with possible descent or drop in position, known as ‘ptosis.’ Similarly, the abdominal distention associated with later pregnancy stages may leave a lingering crepey skin laxity, multiple stretch marks, belly button hernia, muscle weakness or residual pockets of fatty tissue fullness. It’s precisely this combination of body changes that ‘Mommy makeovers’ are designed to correct.
Performed either separately or in combination, ‘Mommy makeovers’ include a variety of procedures designed to optimally enhance breast and abdominal/torso contours and proportions following childbirth. Typically, these procedures include a breast lift (or mastopexy), breast augmentation, abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck), liposuction, belly button hernia repair, and stem cell enriched autologous fat transfer. Of course, the most appropriate combination of these multiple procedures for any given woman varies between individuals and is best determined during a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon.
Performed under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia in a State License, Nationally Accredited Ambulatory Surgery Center (see ‘about Keystone Surgery Center’), ‘Mommy makeovers’ are variable in length and depend on the extent and number of areas being treated. Patients are able to return home immediately afterwards and are able to resume work and comfortably engage in social situations in about 5-12 days.
When considering ‘Mommy makeovers’, or indeed any cosmetic procedure, be sure to select a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). As a board certified plastic surgeon with over 15 years of clinical practice experience and member of the American Society Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), Dr. Robert Kimmel welcomes the opportunity to help you achieve your goals for cosmetic enhancement and enjoy a happier, more confident lifestyle.