Women who go through pregnancy and childbirth will often see changes in their body that are attributable not only to the weight they gain but the stretching of skin over the expanding abdomen. Most women will gain anywhere between 25 and 50 pounds during pregnancy, some of which they will lose easily after the baby is born and some that will be more stubborn. Even the best exercise and weight loss routine will not have an effect on skin that sags due to loss of elasticity and the breakdown of the underlying structure that supports the skin and surrounding tissues. There is hope for women who have found that they have more sags and drooping than they want. It is through a plastic surgery procedure known as the mommy makeover.
A mommy makeover actually consists of multiple procedures to correct the conditions that are a result of pregnancy and childbirth. It can include a breast lift, tummy tuck and liposuction if necessary. A woman’s breasts will normally become enlarged during pregnancy as a result of the weight gain as well as milk production. A breast lift can bring them back to pre-pregnancy firmness by eliminating excess skin and anchoring tissue deep within the breast to provide support. In some cases, women will opt to also have breast augmentation to replenish fullness to the breasts that may have been lost as a result of breastfeeding.
A tummy tuck can do the same for abdominal skin that has stretched beyond its capacity. The excess skin is removed from the abdomen. The underlying muscle structure is typically repositioned to give a more hourglass look and flatter abdomen. Some patients that seek the mommy makeover also have excess fat deposits that simply won’t budge from diet and exercise alone. In these cases, liposuction can be a solution to restore pre-pregnancy proportions. Excess fat is removed from such areas by a suction procedure to give excellent results, restoring a woman’s figure and her self-confidence.
If you are a woman that is unhappy with your body because of the effects of pregnancy and breast feeding, Dr. Stoker can help you! Schedule your consultation at his office in Marina del Rey, California and he will discuss with you your individual needs and the procedures that will work best for you.