“Everything grows rounder and wider and weirder, and I sit here in the middle of it all and wonder who in the world you will turn out to be.”
As a mom, you are devoted to your offspring, but you don’t have to ignore yourself in the process. You have taken on a wonderful responsibility and have a new source of joy, but your body and face often go through changes that may not be so welcome. A Mommy Makeover is a variable combination of abdominal, breast, fat reduction, and facial skin-restoring procedures. In a combination designed specifically for you, the Mommy Makeover allows you to regain a more youthful appearance that more closely resembles your pre-baby body. You have earned it!
The many changes that go along with child bearing can include the breasts, abdomen, hips, and facial appearance. Not everyone is affected the same, so no two women will need exactly the same treatment. To learn more about how Dr. Jeffrey Copeland can address specific areas with a mommy makeover, please explore the informational sections provided below or contact our practice for a consultation:
Of necessity, the mother’s body changes to accommodate the needs of pregnancy. The abdomen relaxes as the skin, muscles, and connective tissue expand to make room for the enlarging uterus and baby (or babies). After delivery, the abdomen may be left in a stretched condition, possibly with drooping of skin, stretch marks, separation of the muscles, belly button deformity, or contour irregularity above a C-section scar. Abdominoplasty, also called a tummy tuck, is the procedure that addresses these problems. Liposuction may also be used in some cases.
The breasts stretch and grow larger (to varying degrees) in preparation to produce milk for the newborn. Following childbirth, and nursing, the breasts often lose volume and become smaller than their pre-pregnancy size. They may also become droopy. Breast augmentation can be used to restore volume, while breast lift (Mastopexy) can be used to elevate and reshape drooping breasts. These procedures may be done separately or in combination.
Hips and Thighs
As pregnancy progresses, many women put on a significant amount of weight. This new fat is helpful as stored energy and may be partially consumed by nursing the baby, but it often persists and settles around the thighs and hips. This area of fat collection is sometimes referred to by the endearing title “saddle bags.” Other similarly flattering names may be applied, depending on where the fat resides. Diet and exercise may help, but sometimes the fat can be very resistant to those efforts. With stubborn pockets of fat, it is common for Dr. Copeland to suggest liposuction as an effective approach for removal.
The face and skin may also change with new areas of increased pigmentation (pregnancy mask), thickening of the skin, adult acne, and even new moles in undesirable places. The face is impossible to conceal, so it is often important to include it along with the other areas of your body you seek to improve with a mommy makeover. Dr. Copeland offers many methods for treating local collections of fat, pigmentation changes, acne, and other complexion concerns you may be experiencing.
“Many a beautiful body has been diminished by pregnancy.””