Mothers give everything to their children… including the appearance of their bodies, both during and after pregnancy. Motherhood changes everything and some women experience huge changes to their bodies and cannot seem to reverse the process. Muscle tone in the abdominal area is often lost and women gain weight and stretch marks in a variety of areas. They may also experience saggy breasts and other adverse effects of pregnancy. Regaining an ideal shape is possible with what is known as the “Mommy Makeover.”
This special makeover is a combination of a number of procedures at once. Women can customize the process in order to address their specific needs, but most combine a tummy tuck with breast augmentation to get the full desired result. The abdomen and breasts are the most affected areas after pregnancy and they can both be tightened and fixed in order for the woman to look the way she did before she gave birth. Some women also add liposuction to the list to get rid of excess fat in various areas to return their body to its original, pre-pregnancy shape.
The best way to find out if you are a candidate for the makeover is to schedule a consultation with your doctor. If you want to return to your pre-pregnancy body and you have been unable to do so on your own with diet and exercise, you might be a good candidate. You also need to be at least 21 years of age and in good health. Your doctor will evaluate any health conditions you might have and recommend the procedures that will best suit your desired results and body type.
Once you have chosen your procedures, you will schedule the surgery. The tummy tuck procedure will remove fat and excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. Muscles will be sewn together to correct protruding abdomens and this can also improve stretch marks.
Breast augmentation places implants inside the breast tissues to restore volume and improve overall symmetry. Some mothers also include a breast lift with this procedure to decrease sagging issues.
Liposuction can be done in a variety of areas where the woman may have excess fat from weight gain during pregnancy. These tough areas include the stomach, thighs, buttocks and other regions. There are a variety of liposuction techniques that can be considered.
Recovery from this type of makeover varies based on what procedures are chosen and the overall health of the person involved. No matter what combinations are completed, you can expect a significant recovery period. These are major procedures that need to be taken seriously during recovery. Most patients will stay overnight at the facility and can expect swelling and pain. The next few days at home need to be spend resting and recovering. It may be a week or longer before you can go back to work and longer still before you resume all regular activities.
As is true with any major surgery, there are possible complications that go along with these makeovers. The procedures are considered safe, but occasionally, patients have issues with bleeding, loss of tissues, scarring, infection, numbness and other such items. The best way to avoid complications is to follow your doctor’s recovery instructions and notify your doctor if anything doesn’t seem right.
The Mommy Makeover is a great way for women to get their pre-pregnancy bodies back after having children. The procedures can be customized for each individual in order to address the specific issues the woman is dealing with after pregnancy. At Dr. G Cosmetic Surgery, we are experienced in Mommy Makeover procedures and we invite you to consult with us on what this treatment, and our other services, can do for you.
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If you’ve been considering undergoing a mommy makeover cosmetic procedure, come to our Miami cosmetic surgery center and contact Dr. G and his staff today to schedule a consultation.
Although pregnancy brings with it a variety of body changes, becoming a mother is probably one of the most rewarding life experiences a woman can have. The changes a woman’s body undergoes during pregnancy and her ability to regain her pre-pregnancy shape depends greatly on genetics. However, women who have not been blessed with the ability to bounce back on their own now have another option, a Mommy Makeover with Dr. Sam Gershenbaum, who is an award-winning, board certified, plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Miami, Florida.
A Mommy Makeover consists of a set of procedures specifically tailored to meet the needs of the patient. Dr. Gershenbaum and his staff know that each patient is unique; therefore, not every patient will need the same procedures in their Mommy Makeover plan. For this reason, Dr. Gershenbaum tailors each Mommy Makeover plan he creates to meet the needs of a specific patient.
The elasticity of a woman’s skin and fascia are inherited traits. The elasticity characteristics of her skin and fascia determine how successful a woman’s body will be at addressing the stretched skin on her abdomen as well as on the other areas of the body.
During a Mommy Makeover with Dr. Gershenbaum in Miami, the excess skin on the abdomen can be addressed with an abdominoplasty and liposuction/Liposculpture.
The hormones produced during pregnancy create an environment to support the growth of a healthy baby: However, these hormones also cause the mother’s body to change.
As the mother’s abdominal skin stretches, her dermis (second layer of skin, directly beneath the epidermis) tears. Although her epidermis (outermost layer of skin) remains intact, stretch marks result. Unfortunately, this excess, overstretched skin hardly ever retracts, thus causing the skin of the abdomen to hang over the pelvis. In addition, to accommodate the growth of the baby, the abdominal wall becomes distorted.
The paired rectus abdominis muscles in the abdomen become separated: This separation leads to an increased abdominal circumference and permanent bulges above, and below the navel. Exercise cannot reduce these bulges because the fascia between these muscles has not retracted and does not respond to the strengthening of the muscles.
If the patient’s skin quality is favorable and her abdominal wall is only slightly distorted, she may only need a combination of Tumescent and Ultrasonic Liposuction on her abdomen included in her Mommy Makeover plan. However, the majority of women will need to have a full abdominoplasty in conjunction with liposuction to attain the results they desire.
As part of their Mommy Makeover, many women in Miami choose to have an abdominoplasty. During an abdominoplasty, Dr. Gershenbaum restores the abdominal wall and removes excess skin on the abdomen.
So they remain comfortable throughout their procedure, patients receive medication: Medications used during an abdominoplasty include general anesthesia and intravenous sedation. These medications are administered by an anesthesiologist.
To perform a full tummy tuck, Dr. Gershenbaum will create an incision that runs horizontally from one hip to the other. This incision is created in the area between the belly button and the pubic hairline. The length and shape of this incision are determined by the amount of excess skin Dr. Gershenbaum needs to remove.
After lifting the skin, Dr. Gershenbaum uses stitches to tighten the weakened abdominal muscles.
If excess skin needs to be removed from the upper abdomen, a second incision will be created around the navel.
Following the incision around the navel, the excess skin on the upper abdomen is trimmed away and the skin that remains is joined together with stitches. Dr. Gershenbaum will create a new opening for the navel. The patient’s natural navel is then brought to the surface and sutured into position.
Dr. Gershenbaum uses stitches to close the incisions.
Following a tummy tuck as part of a Mommy Makeover, patients enjoy a firmer, flatter abdominal contour.
Although the scar from an abdominoplasty is substantial (generally running from one hip to the other), it is placed directly above the pubic area, therefore, it will not be visible while wearing a two-piece swimsuit. The majority of Dr. Gershenbaum’s patients have little concern when it comes to the scar because they are happy with the results achieved from their tummy tuck procedure. Furthermore, with time, this scar fades.
Another area of the body that is frequently affected by pregnancy (and breastfeeding) are the breasts. Dr. Gershenbaum can address stretched, sagging, deflated-looking breasts as part of a Mommy Makeover with a breast augmentation and/or a Mastopexy.
As the breasts prepare to produce milk, the glandular components of the breasts enlarge. Furthermore, the fat storage and weight gain caused by the hormonal changes a woman experiences during pregnancy can also increase the size of the breasts substantially.
Once a mother is no longer lactating and the pregnancy hormones have subsided, the volume of her breasts reverts back to their pre-pregnancy size. Some women notice that their breasts do not return to their original pre-pregnancy size, but instead, shrink. Now, the skin is stretched and the breasts themselves are smaller.
Regrettably, on many occasions, the skin on the breasts remains stretched because it is unable to return to its original pre-pregnancy state. This overstretched skin typically causes the breasts to sag: Furthermore, it causes the breast mound to lie lower on the chest, which makes the upper portion of the breast appear deflated.
If the patient’s nipple-areolar complex remains unaffected and the distance between the fold to the nipple is not significantly elongated, and the skin itself is not excessively enlarged, Dr. Gershenbaum may recommend that the patient include a breast augmentation in her Mommy Makeover plan. Once the breast implant is placed, the patient’s breast will have a fuller, more appealing shape.
Patients receive medication to ensure they remain comfortable throughout their breast augmentation procedure. Prior to surgery, medications are administered by an anesthesiologist. Medication options include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia.
Incision locations vary depending on the degree of enlargement the patient desires, the type of breast implant she chooses and whether she would like the implant placed above or below the pectoral muscle.
The breast implant is inserted. The insertion method Dr. Gershenbaum uses depends on the degree of enlargement a patient desires, the type of implant she chooses as well as the patient’s body type.
Dr. Gershenbaum will use layered sutures to close the breast tissue. He then uses a skin adhesive, sutures and/or surgical tape to bring the outer skin together.
Directly following the breast augmentation surgery, patients are bandaged and then a support bra is placed over the breasts.
The results of a breast augmentation are visible immediately.
If the nipple-areolar complex is positioned low, with or without an increase in the length of the skin from the nipple-areolar complex to the fold, Dr. Gershenbaum will most likely recommend a breast lift.
Patients receive medications during their breast lift. Although the majority of Dr. Gershenbaum’s patients receive general anesthesia to ensure they remain asleep throughout the procedure, in some instances, he chooses to use local anesthesia with intravenous sedation instead.
Once the incisions are made, Dr. Gershenbaum will improve the contour and firmness of the breast by lifting and reshaping the underlying breast tissue.
The nipple and areola are repositioned to a natural-looking, higher location on the breast. When necessary, Dr. Gershenbaum decreases the size of the areola by removing excess skin in that perimeter.
To address the loss of elasticity, excess breast skin is trimmed away.
Following the reshaping of the breast and excess skin removal, Dr. Gershenbaum tightens the remaining skin as he closes the incisions. Just as with a breast augmentation, Dr. Gershenbaum layers the sutures within the breast tissue. These sutures provide support for the newly shaped breasts. Sutures are placed predominantly below the skin’s surface. This technique avoids cross-hatching sutures and optimizes the likelihood for less noticeable, fine scars.
Directly following closure of the incisions, a light dressing and support bra are applied. Some patients may also receive an ace bandage.
The results of a breast lift are visible immediately. Patients should expect some visible incision lines directly following their breast lift, however, these incision lines usually fade significantly as time passes.
Despite exercising and eating healthy, many women have difficulty losing the weight that they gained during their pregnancy. Although plastic surgery is not intended to be used as a substitute for diet and exercise, it can be a used as a tool to assist women in regaining their pre-pregnancy body. For example, Dr. Gershenbaum can use liposuction to eliminate fat deposits in certain areas of the body that are typically resistant to diet and exercise.
To ensure the patient remains comfortable throughout her liposuction procedure, she receives medication: Choices include general anesthesia, intravenous sedation and local anesthesia. These medications are administered by an anesthesiologist.
To perform liposuction, Dr. Gershenbaum makes several tiny incisions in the areas being treated.
Prior to inserting the thin, hollow tube (cannula) that will be used to remove the excess fat, the patient receives diluted local anesthesia. This anesthesia is infused directly into the area being treated: It is used to reduce the incidence of bleeding and trauma.
Dr. Gershenbaum inserts the cannula through the tiny incisions he previously made. Using a controlled motion, he moves the cannula back and forth, dislodging the fat.
Once dislodged, the fat is removed through suction via a surgical vacuum or a syringe that Dr. Gershenbaum attaches to the cannula itself.
Once the swelling decreases and the excess fluid dissipates, patients will be able to see their results.
If you are interested in learning more about the various procedures that can be combined during a Mommy Makeover in Miami, contact Dr. Sam Gershenbaum’s office today. To schedule an appointment by phone, please call 305.933.1838.