Address Your Post-Pregnancy Aesthetic Concerns with a Mommy Makeover
Submitted by Dr. Joyesh Raj on Thu 09/15/2022 - 09:00
Women make immense sacrifices throughout pregnancy. The body changes begin right away in the first trimester, but the physical remnants of pregnancy linger long after childbirth, sometimes leaving permanent marks. Hips may be wider, feet may be a size larger, and a woman’s appearance may be altered by stretch marks, loose skin, stretched abdominal muscles and skin changes, such as melasma. The breasts may sag or have loose tissue after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It’s no wonder many women struggle with body image and self-confidence after pregnancy, as most struggle to recognize themselves after the life-changing journey to parenthood. Dr. Joyesh Raj is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has helped countless women pursue their pre-pregnancy figure with mommy makeover.
What is Mommy Makeover?
Mommy makeover is a term used for a series of plastic surgeries customized to address body changes from pregnancy and childbirth. The procedure typically includes breast surgery, such as breast lift to elevate chest position and correct ptosis (drooping), and breast augmentation to increase volume and improve the shape of the breasts.
Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a staple of mommy makeover procedures because the bulk of body changes happen in the abdomen. As the uterus expands during pregnancy, the abdominal muscles that make up the “six-pack” stretch and may separate, causing diastasis recti abdominis. Diastasis recti can cause a visible gap in the mid- and lower abdomen and give the appearance of a “mommy pooch.” These weakened muscles may contribute to pelvic floor dysfunction and low back pain. These muscle changes, along with loose skin and stretch marks, make the abdomen the primary concern for many postpartum women. Tummy tuck repairs the abdominal wall by tightening these muscles and removing loose skin tissue. Dr. Raj may be able to eliminate stretch marks in the lower abdomen beneath the belly button with tummy tuck.
Liposuction is often part of mommy makeovers because weight loss and toning with exercise alone are more challenging after pregnancy. Stubborn fat pockets in the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, hips, back and arms can be eliminated with liposuction for a thinner contour with a tighter breast and body frame.
Mommy makeover is unique to each patient, and Dr. Raj will develop a surgical approach that addresses your concerns. It’s best for women to be near their goal weight before mommy makeover, and it’s essential to give the breasts and body time to retract and heal after childbirth and nursing.
If you’re interested in mommy makeover, contact Raj Plastic Surgery in Westlake and Cleveland, Ohio, today by calling (440) 808-8030 or filling out our online contact form.