Pregnancy and childbirth can wreak havoc on a woman’s body, and it can be challenging to accept the undesirable changes. A growing baby can result in exhausted muscles, loose skin around the midsection, and stretch marks. Breasts also go through size fluctuations, resulting in an overall loss of volume and change in shape. At Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery, mommy makeover plastic surgery is performed so women can reclaim their pre-pregnancy bodies.
A mommy makeover combines several techniques to address the effects of childbirth. This transformative surgery allows patients to see improvements in their post-baby bodies. Dr. Marisa Lawrence is a double board-certified, fellowship-trained plastic surgeon and the founder of Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, GA. Her training and skill set make her an expert in body contouring and breast enhancement procedures that restore a woman’s pre-baby appearance. Read below as she provides information about the different procedures included in mommy makeover surgery.
A mommy makeover
Mommy makeover surgery is customized for each patient based on the areas they want to improve. Ideal candidates are women who have completed their families. During your consultation with Dr. Lawrence, she will explain each of the procedures so you know what to expect. During this appointment, be sure to express your desired mommy makeover results so an appropriate treatment plan can be formulated. A mommy makeover addresses the physical changes women may experience due to pregnancy and breastfeeding, including:
- Lifting drooping or sagging breasts
- Restoring volume to the breasts
- Improving breast symmetry and shape
- Reducing large areolas and nipple length due to breastfeeding
- Tightening muscles and removing sagging skin on the abdomen
- Reducing stubborn fat on the waist and hips
What’s included in a mommy makeover?
Mommy makeovers are performed under general anesthesia. After your recovery period in the hospital, you can rest and recuperate in the comfort of your home. Below is a list of mommy makeover procedures offered at Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery.
Breast augmentation and lift
Fluctuations in hormones, weight gain, and altered breast size due to nursing can all change the skin elasticity of the breasts. Reduction in volume, shape, and size are all common factors that moms experience post-pregnancy. Breast augmentation can give women a new and improved overall shape and size, and a breast lift can tighten and reposition the breasts. An additional option involves adding a small amount of fat to the breasts for a little more volume. Fat grafting is done by removing fat from other areas of the body via liposuction, then sculpting the breasts by injecting a small amount of fat. This method is not as strong as a breast implant, so it is only used for very modest increases in volume.
For women with large breasts that have increased in size due to pregnancy, Dr. Lawrence can perform a breast reduction to alleviate some of the additional weight while restoring the position of your breasts. A breast lift almost always includes repositioning the nipples and areolas upward. Following a breast reduction, women can enjoy the benefits of less neck and back pain, which is often caused by heavy breasts.
Another popular procedure for a mommy makeover is a tummy tuck. The stomach is typically the area most affected by pregnancy and childbirth. Mothers often struggle with excess fat and skin, as well as stretch marks after having children. If a patient only needs a small amount of skin removed and tightened, a mini tummy tuck may be recommended. Other moms have a more substantial amount of excess fat and skin to be removed, and a full tummy tuck may be the best option.
A mommy makeover will usually involve some liposuction to remove stubborn pockets of excess fat. Liposuction can further contour targeted areas such as the stomach, thighs, hips, and lower back for a slimmer, smoother figure.
Mommy makeover recovery
Mommy makeover results will be revealed in stages as the incisions heal and the breasts and abdomen settle into their new positions. Though recovery times will vary based on the procedures involved, you can expect about 2 – 3 weeks of swelling and soreness. After about three weeks, you will likely be able to perform light exercise with your doctor's clearance. You will generally not be able to lift more than 10 pounds for at least two weeks. Most patients can drive after 7 – 10 days.
Incision scars from your mommy makeover will vary based on which procedures are performed. Our staff will give you information regarding incision care, so the scars appear as flat and seamless as possible. Dr. Lawrence will make the incisions as small as possible, and place them in areas that can be concealed by undergarments and bathing suits.
Contact Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery today
To reach your desired outcome from a mommy makeover, you need an experienced cosmetic surgeon. Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Marisa Lawrence can help moms look and feel like their old selves, and often look even better than before pregnancy. Schedule a consultation at Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, GA, today to begin your journey toward a slimmer, shapelier figure.