Pregnancy and breastfeeding can have dramatic effects on your body. Your breasts will change in size and shape, your abdomen will expand and contract (though it usually doesnt contract all the way back to where it was before you had kids). Your hips, thighs, and behind will also get bigger during pregnancy. Diet and exercise can help you lose the baby weight and get some tone back to many of your muscles, but for many women, no amount of changes to diet or exercise routines will return them to the body they had before having babies. Here are a few ways to get your body back when other options have failed:
Pregnancy and breastfeeding (especially breastfeeding) can cause your breasts to lose volume. Many women find that their breasts are smaller after breastfeeding, and that they are sagging in a way that chest exercising cant correct. Breast augmentation involves placing an implant in the breast to get back the volume youve lost. It can also improve the breast shape. If your breasts are sagging after pregnancy, a breast lift will return them to their perky position and shape. You can combine a breast lift and breast augmentation, as well.
Liposuction is the simple removal of stubborn fat cells that are not responding to diet and exercise. After having children, fat can accumulate on the abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks, and might not go away with exercise. If youve worked hard to get your pre-baby body back and certain areas of your body arent responding to your efforts, liposuction can give you the look youre after.
Once you give birth, the skin on your abdomen might not be as tight as it used to be. Some women (especially those who have twins or higher order multiples) might even experience muscle separation in the abs. A tummy tuck involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the abdominal area, and a tightening of the abdominal muscles, if necessary. Mini-tucks are also available, which just tighten the area from the pubic bone to the navel (a full tuck affects the area from the pubic bone to the ribs). Since skin doesnt respond to exercise, this is a popular procedure for mothers.
A mommy makeover is a customized set of procedures selected to address your personal needs and desired outcome. Some moms need a breast lift and liposuction to get their pre-baby body back, while others need a breast augmentation and a tummy tuck. Our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Fadi Nukta will help you design the mommy makeover that is best for you.
To schedule your free Mommy Makeover consultation in Northern Virginia, call our offices at (703) 574-2588.