Mommy Makeover | Paramus, NJ
Pregnancy and childbirth are seminal experiences in a woman’s life. Unfortunately, the experience also leaves a lasting impression...on her body. The combination of hormonal changes, weight gain and loss, and breastfeeding takes a toll, leaving saggy breasts with less volume, a stomach pooch, and loose abdominal skin. But a mommy makeover with Dr. Ferraro can return the body to its former shape, maybe even making a few improvements along the way.
A mommy makeover is actually a term that represents three or four different surgical procedures whose goal is to reverse the effects on the body caused by pregnancy and childbirth. The procedures involved are dictated by the conditions of each individual patient.
The Mommy Makeover Procedure
Dr. Ferraro’s mommy makeovers directly target the areas most affected by pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. During your consultation, you will discuss with Dr. Ferraro your goals and areas of dissatisfaction. Together you’ll decide what your mommy makeover will entail. These are the typical procedures:
Breast lift (mastopexy)
Pregnancy and breastfeeding stretch the skin and muscles in the breasts. Breastfeeding can reduce volume. The result is sagging breasts, sometimes with the nipples pointing downward. A breast lift brings the breasts back up to their former, higher position. If necessary, the nipples can be moved and the size of the areolae decreased.
Volume loss is a major complaint of women after childbirth and breastfeeding. While a breast lift can bring the breasts back up, augmentation can replace lost volume. This can also be the time to increase the breast size, if that has always been something the patient has considered.
Everyone has stubborn pockets of fat that won’t go away no matter how much you exercise. This can be especially true after the weight gain and loss of pregnancy. Liposuction removes these pockets from your inner or outer thighs, your abdominals, even under your chin.
Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
A stomach pooch is pretty standard after childbirth. The muscles and skin have been stretched to such a degree that they often cannot return to their former degree of tautness. A tummy tuck tightens this area back up.
Mommy Makeover Recovery
Patients need to understand a mommy makeover involves various surgeries, so recovery is not easy or immediate. This needs to be considered because you’ll have at least one child to attend to during your recovery. For the first week or two, you’ll need to plan on doing little, so having someone around to help out is paramount.
A nice side benefit of a mommy makeover is that you are combining a number of procedures into a single recovery period. Dr. Ferraro will give you specific timelines for your recovery and what you can and cannot do. You should expect six months before you are fully healed.
Mommy Makeover FAQs
Would a mommy makeover help me?
The effects of pregnancy and childbirth can make what should be an enjoyable period in a woman’s life into something that, to be honest, can be a little depressing. A woman can look at her new figure and wonder where her old self went. A mommy makeover addresses these issues.
Two things are important to note, however. A potential candidate for a mommy makeover needs to be finished with breastfeeding and childbirth. If you are currently breastfeeding, you need to wait for two to three months to allow your breasts to return to their normal size. Surgery cannot happen before this.
Second, if you’re unsure if you’re going to have more children down the road, you either need to make that decision, or simply put off a mommy makeover. This isn’t a rush to any decision, but a future pregnancy and birth will reverse any of the changes made in the mommy makeover.
A good candidate also needs to be close to her ideal body weight, within 10 or 15 pounds. A mommy makeover is not a weight-loss procedure. A healthy lifestyle that includes a sensible diet and regular exercise will not only keep your weight in check, but it will help maintain the impressive results of your makeover for the long haul.
Should I Get a Mommy Makeover if I Plan on Having More Kids?
It is always correct to optimize your body and complete your procedure after your done having children. Another pregnancy can reverse some of the effects of the surgery.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
The ideal candidate for a mommy makeover is a young healthy patient at the end of her child bearing years. It generally includes a breast procedure, abdominoplasty and liposuction. It can transform your body contour in a positive way, by lifting the breast with or without an implant and shaping the body by removing skin and fat.