Carrying a child is a beautiful and natural part of life. However, this process may leave behind some unwanted physical changes in a woman’s body. A woman’s breasts often lose fullness and shape after hormonal changes and breastfeeding. Furthermore, the abdominal muscles lose integrity and shape due to the stretching and protrusion of the lower abdomen from carrying a child. Loose skin and stretch marks also develop around the lower abdomen. A “mommy makeover” is a general term used to describe procedures aimed at reversing the aesthetic changes that occur with pregnancy.
What is Involved With a Mommy Makeover?
Specifically, it involves breast surgery and abdominal surgery. Each woman is evaluated individually when discussing a mommy makeover, as the effects of pregnancy can vary. Specifically for the breasts, during pregnancy and breastfeeding, the breasts often enlarge and can increase several sizes during this time. After breastfeeding, breast tissue volume decreases and can occasionally decrease to an amount even less than prior to pregnancy. Some women’s breasts are able to bounce back to their previous shape and volume. However, the vast majority will notice that their breasts have lost both shape and volume. Therefore, a breast lift or a breast augmentation, or the combination of both, may be considered to restore the breasts to their more lifted and full pre-pregnancy appearance. Some women’s breasts gain volume throughout the pregnancy and breastfeeding and this is maintained afterwards. Therefore, these women may be in need of a breast reduction alone to restore shape and desired volume.
Tummy Tuck and Liposuction
The next area that is addressed is the trunk and abdomen. Obviously as the baby continues to grow throughout the pregnancy, the abdominal wall, musculature, and skin have to expand to accommodate the growing baby. This has an effect on both the skin and abdominal wall that many times is not fully restored after the pregnancy. The abdominal wall musculature itself becomes stretched and loses integrity regardless of abdominal and core strengthening exercises. Therefore, the muscle tightening portion of the tummy tuck allows restoration of this abdominal integrity. Furthermore, the skin itself is stretched often times beyond its normal limits of elasticity. This causes the skin to lose its elastic recoil; thereby promoting the typical excess loose skin along the lower abdomen that is seen after pregnancy. In addition, areas like the flanks and lower back tend to become more notable problem areas in weight loss after a pregnancy. The abdominoplasty or tummy tuck procedure is ideal at restoring both the abdominal wall integrity, as well as removing excess loose skin and stretch marks from the lower abdomen with the addition of contouring the trunk with liposuction. This procedure will allow a woman to attain a similar shape and waistline to her pre-pregnancy state.
In addition to the abdomen, childbirth can also impact the appearance of the vagina. Many women experience enlarged labia, which can make it difficult to work out or wear certain tight-fitting pants, in addition to causing general discomfort and embarrassment. An enlarged labia can also make hygiene more challenging, leading to other issues. Labiaplasty is performed to reduce the size of the inner vaginal tissues, also known as the labia minora, by removing excess skin and tissue. The goal is for the labia minora to appear flush against the labia majora, which is the outer portion of the female genitalia. Dr. Ravinder Jarial will determine the best surgical treatment plant for your unique case.
Labiaplasty can be included in a mommy makeover or performed as a standalone treatment. This surgery appeals to women that are uncomfortable with the appearance of the labia minora, and ideal labiaplasty candidates are in good health and want to address labial asymmetry and elongation — all of which can come about from childbirth, genetics, and the natural process of aging.
Labiaplasty results in shorter, more aesthetically appealing labia that does not droop or hang. In addition to the improvement of the appearance of the labia, patients may notice an improved quality of life free from the discomfort that can accompany enlarged labia.
Learn More About Mommy Makeover
If you are considering a mommy makeover and want to talk about your areas of concern and how they can be addressed, please call our office and set up a consultation with Dr. Ravinder Jarial. He will gladly explain the procedures to you and answer any questions you may have.
Dr. Jarial practice Ultra Aesthetics serves all of the West Palm Beach area along with patients from afar. Please fill out the form on this page to request a consultation or call his office 561-249-0390 to request a consultation today!