We all know that one woman who walked out of the hospital after having a baby and wore her regular clothing. In reality, the average new mother does not bounce back this quickly. It can be hard to accept when your original shape doesn’t reappear overnight. Despite diet and exercise, an extra surgical push may go a long way in regaining your old — or even new and improved — self. Mommy makeovers are becoming a more common procedure that can help moms look and feel their best after their family is complete.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao at Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery in Tucson, AZ, is an industry expert in mommy makeover procedures. He has undergone extensive medical training and provides superior and individualized patient care. His keen focus on detail allows him to customize your mommy makeover to specifically target the areas you want to improve. If you are considering a mommy makeover, read below for more information on how this procedure can help you get your pre-baby body back.
Your confidence will soar
Hormones, pregnancy, and nursing can all take a toll on a woman’s appearance, as well as her self-confidence. Your once tight, toned body now features soft, loose skin and a lack of firmness. Your pre-pregnancy clothes may not fit the same, and the idea of confidently wearing a bathing suit in public can be daunting. If you are unhappy with the way your body has changed after having children, a mommy makeover may be the right answer to boost your self-confidence so you can enjoy the wonders of motherhood.
Areas of concern
The most dramatic change after childbirth happens in the abdominal area with fat deposits, stretch marks, and stretched abdominal muscles, followed by sagging breasts, and possible weight gain on the hips and thighs. For some women, no amount of diet and exercise will restore her altered body to its original pre-pregnancy shape. A mommy makeover can include almost any combination of methods to achieve a mom's desired goals, with the most common ones being the tummy tuck, breast augmentation and/or lift, and liposuction.
The first step in tackling your body's changes through a mommy makeover is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. It is essential to seriously consider whether you want more children, as additional pregnancies after your mommy makeover may undo your results. This is your chance to talk to the surgeon about your cosmetic goals, so be sure to come prepared with a list of concerns and questions. Dr. Rao will listen, give feedback, and formulate a plan specific to your needs. Following a thorough medical exam, recommendations are made regarding which procedures can best address your body goals.
An equally important part of the plan is to establish realistic expectations for your mommy makeover. Cosmetic surgery can produce dramatic results, but it’s not without limitations. Your body’s natural shape and proportions will influence your outcome. Finding a plastic surgeon that you trust in both judgment and skill will ensure you are in good hands.
A mommy makeover can address several body issues impacted by pregnancy. It can lift and reshape the breasts, tighten the abdominal area, and eliminate excess fat around the hips and thighs. When all other measures have been tried with little to no success, Dr. Arun Rao can assist you in recapturing your appearance.
While every woman has her own specific concerns about areas she wants to improve, the following three procedures are the most commonly performed on Tucson-area moms:
1. Breast augmentation, lift, or reduction
Breastfeeding and fluctuations in hormones and weight can cause volume loss in the breasts, resulting in sag. Patients often opt for a breast augmentation coupled with a lift. These combined procedures are fantastic for reducing droop, improving symmetry, and increasing (or decreasing) size.
This procedure removes the extra fatty tissue typically present on the hips, thighs, "love handles," or abdominal area to achieve a slimmer physique. For women who have never had a weight problem before, liposuction is an excellent solution for creating a sleeker outcome when done by a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon.
3. Tummy tuck
The abdominal area suffers the most significant strain from pregnancy. Many women seek a mommy makeover procedure for the sole reason of eliminating the stomach of excess skin and stretch marks. There are three types of tummy tucks available. A traditional tummy tuck can tighten the abdominal muscles that have been stretched and separated during pregnancy. A mini tummy tuck is an option for women with less extra skin who don’t need a traditional tummy tuck. The reverse tummy tuck targets the upper torso area, which can be difficult to alter with exercise alone. Whichever procedure you choose, the result is a flatter, tighter, and more contoured abdominal area that is proportionate to your body.
Schedule your consultation with Dr. Rao today
For women in Tucson, AZ, who are unhappy with the way their bodies have changed after having children, a mommy makeover may be the solution. Not only will you have a renewed sense of self-confidence, but it’s likely your pre-pregnancy clothes will fit with ease again. If you are interested in more information about a mommy makeover, please schedule a consultation today with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao at Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery.