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So what exactly is a mommy makeover?
The term “mommy makeover” gets used a lot on web sites and in marketing. In my own practice I call it post partum restoration which I think sounds more professional. Weather its makeover or restoration the goal is the same. It’s about making women who have had children feel normal again and it is one of the most rewarding parts of my practice. There are usually two components to this kind of restoration: breast enhancement and rejuvenation of the abdomen. Breast enhancement: In a rather cruel way the breasts enlarge with childbearing but they often deflate after weaning leaving even less volume than before pregnancy. My patients who have had children complain of feeling “deflated” after pregnancy and they just want to feel normal again, nothing more, nothing less. Through breast augmentation or breast lift and sometimes both I help to restore the balance of what used to be. Tummy enhancement: The other part of “mommy makeover” is the tummy. While sometimes the skin of the tummy will shrink back well after delivery, often it does not. Some women will do well with their first pregnancy but not with the second. The usual treatment here is tummy tuck. What! A tummy tuck, not liposuction? Yes, when the skin becomes loose, wavy saggy or irregular it needs to be tightened. Liposuction makes skin looser not tighter. I guide my patients by pinching on their tummies. If the skin tone is good (which is unusual postpartum) I will recommend liposuction. If the skin is loose I may recommend full or mini tummy tuck depending on how much I can pinch. “My husband says I should just go to the gym and work it off…” is something I hear daily. What the men often don’t understand is that the problem isn’t the muscles at all. The problem is the “overstretched” skin. Women with loose skin who diet, exercise and do everything right usually see weight loss. Paradoxically the weight loss leads to even more loosening of the skin and greater need for tummy tuck. If you feel loose or deflated after child bearing and would like to be evaluated please contact our office today.