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Mommy Makeover: Explained

The creation of a human being is one of life’s most amazing wonders. Most moms-to-be are too preoccupied in the excitement and preparation of their little ones arrival that they don’t realize the many changes about to happen to their bodies during the three trimesters. Her breast will begin to enlarge in preparation for milk production,  her abdomen will be stretched to the limits, sometimes decorated with badges of honor (stretch marks) to accommodate the growing fetus in utero. The surge in hormones can also cause others to gain unwanted weight that can be difficult to lose after the baby is born.

After the arrival of the little one (or two or, in some cases, multiples), the mother’s breast quickly become engorged with milk, putting further strain on the tissues of the breast. The baby bump that once was is now gone, leaving the skin, soft tissues and muscles of the abdomen to hopefully return to their original positions. Often times, this is not the case and many women are left with excess, sagging abdominal skin and fat and in some cases, a diastasis hernia (separation) of the rectus muscles of the abdominal wall.  To add insult to injury, when milk production begins to diminish, the breast can become loose, saggy and deflated due to the stretching of the skin and sudden loss of volume. While few women blessed with good genetics can quickly return to their pre-pregnancy body, many others are often left feeling defeated and uncomfortable with the new shape of their breast and tummy.

Women have been seeking plastic surgery to help restore the shape of their breast and tummies after pregnancy for many years.  The “Mommy Makeover” is a term often used in plastic surgery to describe the combination of procedures to address the areas of concern that most women have after having one or more children. Typically, these involve procedures that address the breast and abdomen, such as breast lift with or without augmentation and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). However, the Mommy Makeover is not limited to these procedures; it can be any combination of procedures that can be safely performed in one surgery to address the mother’s concerns.  Other procedures may include liposuction, lower body lift and labiaplasty, to name a few.

When should you consider a Mommy Makeover?

The best time to seek out a Mommy Makeover is at least 9-12 months after delivery for non-breastfeeding mothers, and 6-9 months after cessation of breastfeeding for mothers who choose to breastfeed.  The reason for this is to give the woman’s body time to adjust and recover from the changes that happened during pregnancy. Also, it is recommended that mothers take the time to bond with their child for the first few years during that important time in your child’s life. In this case, waiting for 2-3 years might be the ideal period of time to wait before seeking a makeover. In addition, it is also best to wait until no more children are to be desired to ensure the results of surgery will last, as additional pregnancies will likely have a reversing effect on the results of surgery.

If you are interested in a Mommy Makeover, let the staff at New Orleans Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery help coordinate the right plan for you.  Call today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Hendrick.