Mommy Makeover Washington DC
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. This is why Dr. Chang offers his mommy makeover Washington DC procedure.
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
How is a mommy makeover performed?
Your mommy makeover will be customized to restore the various body areas affected by pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. The most common three procedures performed in a custom makeover are a tummy tuck, breast augmentation and/or lift, and liposuction. These three procedures are often performed in one surgical appointment.
This is an advantage for you, as it reduces the overall cost of surgery, and has just one recovery time. Other women may require a "staged" mommy makeover, with the procedures in two surgical appointments. You can expect a surgery lasting from two to four hours, while under general anesthesia.
What is the recovery time after a mommy makeover?
The recovery time from these two procedures is typically a total of about six weeks, although most women start to feel close to normal much sooner. They say it was well worth the wait!
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 with one of the most successful providers of mommy makeover Washington DC has to offer.
Planning your Mommy Makeover recovery
You need to plan for your recovery, as you will need help. As a mommy makeover often includes a custom tummy tuck to restore the abdomen to a taut, firm, youthful look, which may require tightening stretched or split muscles, it requires time to heal. Arrange for another person to help you during the first week after surgery - you will be unable to lift your children or perform your usual daily tasks, and need to spend at least a week resting, taking gentle walks, and caring for yourself so you heal properly.
Plan on two weeks off work. While many women may feel well enough earlier, it is important that you have enough time off if you work. Most patients can return to their usual exercise programs after six weeks, after being given the okay by Dr. Chang.
Scars: What to expect
Dr. Chang uses a very meticulous surgical technique for incision closure. The incision sites are carefully placed so that the scars are hidden, even when wearing revealing clothing. With breast augmentation to a breast lift, the incisions are placed around the areola, or in the breast crease in most cases. Tummy tuck incisions can vary in length, depending upon the needs of the patient, but are placed below or around your navel.
Am I a candidate for a mommy makeover?
Undergoing a mommy makeover is a big decision. If you feel unhappy with the condition of your body after having children, you are likely a good candidate for this custom surgery. Generally, a good candidate is in the following condition:
- In good health
- A non-smoker
- Has saggy or deflated-looking breasts
- The abdomen has sagging skin, tissue, and fat
- Stretch marks on the lower abdomen
- Excess fat is lodged on abdomen, flanks, buttocks or thighs
Restoring a firm, youthful figure after pregnancy and childbirth
Many women with children are dismayed with the appearance of the breasts and body after having children. Dieting and exercise cannot resolve some physical conditions. Even losing all the "baby weight" will not fully restore the body if the skin on the abdomen and breasts has been stretched too far. Nature dictates that the woman's body stores fat during pregnancy, a genetically-programmed way to protect the growing baby, and this fat can be very difficult to lose with diet and exercise. A mommy makeover allows you to have the firm, fit, body you had prior to having children.
Why choose Dr. Chang for your Mommy Makeover?
Dr. Christopher C. Chang is widely regarded as being among the finest plastic surgeons practicing in the DC area. Throughout his education and career, he has excelled, including a six-year residency at Yale, and an extensive craniofacial and cosmetic surgery fellowship for adult and children at Johns Hopkins. His talent as a plastic surgeon, along with his commitment to producing results that appear extremely natural has led to his stellar reputation. His mission is to provide the highest level of plastic surgery, and to perform every procedure with the most advanced techniques. His exclusive clientele trusts him to create the look they envision, including in custom mommy makeover procedures.
"I have never felt so confident. Dr. Chang completely changed how I saw myself in the mirror. I was terribly self conscious of my nose from my youth and finally decided to go through with the surgery. Not only was it inexpensive compared to the other three doctors I contacted, the before and after pictures of patients were also much better looking than the others! The whole process of surgery and recovery was quick and pretty much painless. I would definitely recommend him to anyone wanting cosmetic surgery. It really made me a happier person." - Catherine M.
"My son was in a terrible accident with most of the bones in his face and skull broken... I don't know what I would have done without Dr Chang!! My son is fully recovered and back to his old self again. I love Dr Chang, he will be in my prayers for the rest of my life. Thank you!" - Elizabeth A.
"I cannot say enough about my surgery with Dr. Chang! I had full facial Rejuvenation including a facelift brow lift and upper eyelids done 4 months ago. I also had a chemical peel to my lower eyelids and mouth. They was barely any pain and I was back to work the next week! I am so thrilled and my friends are so impressed. I cannot say enough about my experience! He is both caring and an amazing surgeon! Thank you so much!" - Cathy W.
The entire experience and outcome was everything I hoped for and I cannot thank Dr. Chang enough! He is a true pro and I recommend 100% without reservation!" - Ashley R.
"I went to Dr. Chang to correct the damage done to my breasts from pregnancy and breastfeeding. He went above and beyond to make me comfortable and to explain exactly what the procedures (lift + implants) would entail. He was extremely responsive and truly understood the look that I was trying to achieve - full, natural for my frame, and with minimal scarring. I'm only two days out from surgery and I'm already loving my results. I am so glad that I chose Dr. Chang to restore my chest to its pre-baby appearance. I actually think they are going to be better than they ever were before I had kids!" - Emily L.