Aging and pregnancy leads to significant changes in a woman's body. During this time, her body undergoes many physical adjustments to accommodate the growing baby, including stretching muscle, fat, and skin.
Every woman is different. Some pregnant mothers gain a significant amount of weight, while other women gain a modest amount of weight. Heredity can also play a role in how the body responds to pregnancy. However, regardless of what physical changes occur during the perinatal and postnatal period, most women agree that their bodies look different after delivery and nursing.
If you are concerned about the appearance of loose skin and stretch marks from pregnancy, or restoring breasts that appear deflated and saggy after breastfeeding, we can help you regain a tighter, trimmer feminine figure and full, rounded, more youthful breasts. "Mommy Makeover" procedures can include:
- Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
- Breast augmentation
- Breast lift
Restoring Your Body After Baby
Many women are shocked at the physical changes to the body after pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. The quality of the skin varies from person to person. While some women may not face problems with stretch marks, others are left with a tummy area that appears disfigured, with sagging, deflated skin that causes embarrassment and limits what types of clothing can be worn. Thankfully, a customized “mommy makeover” can do wonders for restoring the abdomen after pregnancy, A tummy tuck can tighten the entire abdominal wall, including the underlying muscles if they have separated, removing much of the overly stretched skin and reducing the appearance of stretch marks significantly.
Breastfeeding is natural, healthy, and has many benefits for mother and baby alike. However, milk production swells the breasts to a much larger size and can stretch the tissues, and change the areola and nipple. When breastfeeding is complete, some breasts may shrink back down and tighten up, but more commonly, loose tissue remains. Once full, round breasts can be left looking saggy, droopy, and deflated. A mommy makeover may include a breast lift along with an implant to restore volume and bring back a fresh, youthful appearance to the breasts, high on the chest. The breasts can be restored to the position and size (or larger) and shape they had prior to feeding the baby naturally.
When Exercise and Diet are Not Enough
Young mothers get stressed about body image after giving birth, and may feel that the look of youth is gone forever – but something can be done about it. Many of the physical changes to the body during pregnancy are difficult – or impossible – to solve with diet and exercise alone. That’s when a mommy makeover can make the difference. Unwanted deposits of fat, saggy tummy skin, and droopy breasts can all be treated by Dr. Chang, our board-certified plastic surgeon. The first step is a consultation, so we can learn about your goals and evaluate your body’s post pregnancy changes, and then we can advise you of the options to restore you to your pre-baby form.