Having a child is a life-changing experience for every woman. Unfortunately, the weight fluctuations, breastfeeding, and hormonal changes make it a body-changing experience as well, leaving the new mom with saggy breasts with less volume, a stomach pooch, and loose abdominal skin.
WOULD I BE A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A MOMMY MAKEOVER?
You don’t have to tell a new mom this, but pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding take a toll on a woman’s body. The localized weight gain of pregnancy can stretch the abdominal skin and muscles to such a degree that they cannot return to their former degree of tautness. Abdominal muscles can actually separate.
The gain in breast size, coupled with the volume loss that occurs due to breastfeeding, does the same thing to the breast skin and underlying support tissues. Plus, thanks to the weight gain of pregnancy, you may be left with pockets of fat that are almost impossible to get rid of through exercise alone.
Bottom line — if you’re within 10 percent of your ideal body weight, have breasts that are sagging and seem to have lost volume, have pockets of fat that you can’t get rid of, and have a pooch on your lower stomach, a mommy makeover could be a great option for you.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN A MOMMY MAKEOVER?
The goal of a mommy makeover with Dr. Serebrakian is to target the areas affected by pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. During your consultation, you’ll discuss your goals and areas of your body that you feel have changed. Together, you’ll decide what your mommy makeover will include. These are the typical procedures in a mommy makeover:
- Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Pregnancy and breastfeeding stretch the skin and ligaments where the breasts attach to the pectoral muscles. This leaves the breasts flattened and saggy. In some cases, the nipples may point downward. A breast lift returns the breasts to a higher position on the chest.
- Breast Augmentation
Women who have breastfed almost universally feel that the process created volume loss in their breasts. While a breast lift can remove sagging and bring the breasts back up, augmenting the breasts with implants can replace volume. Or, if you’ve always wanted larger breasts, this can be the perfect time.
- Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Just about every mom has some degree of a stomach pooch. This is simply because the serious stretching that pregnancy places on the abdominal skin and muscles. A tummy tuck can remove sagging skin and reposition separated muscles, giving you back that flat stomach.
Everyone has pockets of fat that won’t go away no matter how much exercise you direct at them. This can be especially true with the weight gain and loss during pregnancy. Liposuction vanquishes these pockets of fat from your abdominal area, your inner and outer thighs, your hips, even under your chin.
BENEFIT OF AN ALL-IN-ONE PROCEDURE
The surgeries involved in a mommy makeover each demand recovery periods. But by combining all of the procedures into one surgical session, you’ll only have a single recovery period. It’s a serious recovery, but at least it only will happen once.
WHAT IF I WANT MORE CHILDREN?
This is a true stop sign. If you’re even simply considering having additional children, then you need to wait to have a mommy makeover. Your future pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding will basically negate all the benefits of your mommy makeover surgery.
HOW LONG TO WAIT AFTER GIVING BIRTH?
Patience here is a virtue. Two things are important. First, you need to be finished breastfeeding for at least three months; this allows your breasts to return to their normal cup size. Second, you need to have lost all of your pregnancy weight, or at least be within 10 to 15 pounds of your ideal weight. Also, Dr. Serebrakian likes his patients to be on a regular exercise routine, as this makes for an easier recovery and will help maintain and define your results over the long haul.
MOMMY MAKEOVER RECOVERY PROCESS
Recovery from a mommy makeover is not a walk in the park. The first week is difficult. And you have to remember you’ll have a child crawling or running around that needs attention. It’s paramount that you have some help around the house for the first couple of weeks. You’ll wear compression garments for around one month to minimize swelling and to help your body adapt to its new slimmer contours.
Due to the muscle repositioning and incision length, the most involved part of your recovery is from the tummy tuck, which can require up to six months to fully recover from. Overall, you can return to light activity in a week or two, but strenuous activity, particularly lifting, will have to wait for at least six weeks.
Still, while the recovery isn’t a piece of cake, it’ll make it easier to remember you have just one recovery, rather than three or four.
SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION
If you are interested in an all-in-one Mommy Makeover, call us today at our Pinole office (510) 724-8282 or our Larkspur office at (415) 461-5755 to schedule a consultation to determine the best procedure to achieve your desired results. Dr. Armen Serebrakian serves San Francisco, Pinole, Larkspur and surrounding areas in California.