Being a mother is one of the greatest joys a woman can know! Yet there’s no denying that pregnancy can also stretch, sag, and change the female body in a myriad of unpleasant ways that may cause self-consciousness and frustration. After pregnancy and nursing, the breasts lose often their shape and volume; the abdominal muscle wall becomes loose, the skin of the abdomen can become floppy and saggy, and extra pockets of fat may appear in the hips and thighs

To combat these physical side effects of motherhood, the comprehensive, customized mommy makeover combines a number of different procedures such as liposuction, tummy tuck, and breast surgery to revitalize and rejuvenate your breasts and torso. Watch in delight as years of strain and tension melt away and a slim, youthful, sexy silhouette is beautifully restored.

What exactly does a mommy makeover entail?

During your Charlotte NC mommy makeover consultation, your doctor will personalize your treatment plan to target your major trouble spots and decide on a timeline for your transformation. In general, the procedures listed below are the most common techniques used to achieve a successful mommy makeover.

Tummy tuck/abdominoplasty:

After childbirth, the rectus or “six-pack” muscles in the belly are separated as a result of abdominal stretching. In this case, only surgery can realign these muscles; diet and exercise will not produce significant results. During a tummy tuck, the abdominal wall is tightened and toned, and excess skin and fat are removed for a flatter – and more flattering – stomach. Bikini days are here again!

Liposuction:

Liposuction is a safe, effective method of recontouring and slimming the hips, belly, neck, back, buttocks, arms, or thighs, eradicating the stubborn fat deposits that compromise the figure and make clothes fit awkwardly.

Breast surgery:

The breasts undergo a dramatic cycle of change as the result of pregnancy, first rapidly growing, and then shrinking, sometimes to a cup size that is smaller than they were before childbirth. In addition, the breasts may be besieged by sagging skin, which changes their position on your chest. The different procedures that are used to address these changes include breast augmentation, breast lift with or without augmentation, and breast reduction. Breast implants restore volume and size, while a breast lift reinstates natural perkiness and improves unsightly skin laxity.

Choosing the best Charlotte, NC surgeon for your procedure

As one of the largest integrated practices in the country, PPSD draws on the combined expertise of board-certified, fellowship-trained plastic surgeons to deliver top-tier patient satisfaction and stunning cosmetic outcomes. Moms will enjoy personalized attention and access to the most cutting-edge advancements in breast surgery, skincare and body contouring, as well as a comfortable office environment that soothes and nourishes the nerves.

Taking the first step

As an initial step, each client receives a comprehensive, one-on-one consultation with their doctor. He or she will examine your medical and surgical history, prior pregnancies, medications, as well as your goals and aesthetic wishes. The doctor will make recommendations on whether to perform all mommy makeover surgeries simultaneously, or whether they should be spaced out over time; both strategies have their merits in terms of recovery. The consultation is a great time to ask questions and voice concerns. Your surgeon will not move forward until you feel completely confident – and excited – about your transformation.

Surgery is performed at one of our AAAASF-accredited surgical centers in Charlotte, Gastonia, and Hickory, NC.

Recovery

Because a mommy makeover involves a variety of procedures and is different for each patient, recovery times will vary significantly. Having multiple procedures done at once may produce shorter downtimes and less scarring. After surgery, your doctor will present you with a detailed plan for self-care, including a timeline for when to return to work and exercise. Pain medication will be provided to address any discomfort you may experience. As always, the PPSD staff is on hand 24/7 to ensure your recovery is swift, pleasant and without incident.

How to Restore Your Body After Pregnancy

Pregnancy and birth can be stressful. Hormonal changes associated with pregnancy bring on various problems, and cause the body to store more fat. This is a protective body mechanism, and nature’s way to ensure that a mother has the physical resources to bring the child to term. Unfortunately, although it is easy to gain pregnancy pounds, they can be very difficult to shed. If you have done all you can to restore your figure with a safe diet and exercise, but have been left with stretch marks and loose skin on your abdomen and breasts that sag, you are not alone – these are some very common issues that countless women face after childbirth.

Many mothers feel that there is no way to return to a slim, youthful profile, but a mommy makeover can achieve what exercise and dieting cannot. No matter how many calories you burn, you may be unable to fully get rid of fatty deposits on your thighs and stomach. After breastfeeding, your breasts may have become slack and now droop, and have lost that plump, youthful appeal. A mommy makeover has the ability to turn back the clock, and help you restore what you lost due to pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Stretch Marks

During pregnancy, many women are left with stretch marks, and in some cases, these “scars” are extensive. Around 13 to 21 weeks pregnant, the stretch marks begin to appear. Heredity has much to do with whether you will have stretch marks on your tummy or breasts, and whether your skin has the capacity to stretch without scarring. Stretch marks are small tears in the tissue supporting your skin when tightly pulled to accommodate your growing baby. Weight gain during the term of pregnancy also contributes to the appearance of stretch marks. Many women were careful to moisturize, and followed every advice, but were still left with an unsightly tummy after childbirth. There are various treatments that could help you to reduce the appearance of stretchmarks, including:

  • Laser therapy
  • Tummy tuck
  • Surgical removal of large stretch marks

Should I Get a Mommy Makeover?

You may have thought about a mommy makeover, but are unsure. It is important that you speak with us at our clinic, and get an evaluation of what could be done to restore your figure. As with any surgical procedure, you need to be in good general health to be a candidate. Your body is unique, and the procedures you require will be individual. We would be happy to meet with you and evaluate your situation, and advise you of what procedures will be most effective for the post-pregnancy body changes you are experiencing. It is possible that only minor treatments will be necessary, while for other mothers, depending upon their wishes, several procedures might be appropriate.

Restoring Your Pre-Pregnancy Figure

As with any procedure, it is always important to understand what is in store, and to have realistic expectations regarding the outcome. We are happy to show you many mommy makeover “before and after” photos of our patients. If you are planning to have a breast lift and augmentation as part of your makeover, we will help you make a decision on size with photographs of patients who have had various sizes of implants, and digital renditions of your own body with different sizes of implants.

A mommy makeover can be a real confidence booster, and nothing gives us more pleasure than seeing our patients after the recovery process is complete with that slim profile and lovely figure restored to the pre-pregnancy appearance – or even better. You may have had issues prior to pregnancy that you wanted to change even before you became pregnant, and as part of your makeover, choose to get a rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) or other procedure. All it takes to get the process in motion is that first consultation with the medical professionals at our clinic. Set an appointment to speak with us about your mommy makeover.