Pregnancy and childbirth can be a truly magical time in a woman’s life. But these life changes often have a price, most often loose skin, saggy breasts and excess fat that doesn’t respond to diet or exercise. A Mommy Makeover is a term given to the combination of surgical procedures that addresses the changes that pregnancy and childbirth make to a women’s body. It’s a popular surgery as it offers women a chance to tackle these problem areas in one surgical session and one recovery period.
While a Mommy Makeover is tailored to each patient, here are the common procedures:
Breast volume tends to decrease due to breastfeeding. Also known as augmentation mammoplasty, breast augmentation helps women restore volume to the breasts. It’s also ideal for women who simply want larger breasts.
The skin and supportive tissue of the breast can stretch during pregnancy, making the breasts flatten and sag. Also known as mastopexy, a breast lift removes excess skin and repositions or lifts breasts back to a more youthful appearance. The nipples may be relocated and the areolae reduced in size, if necessary.
Pregnancy often leads to unwanted fat pockets that don’t respond to diet and exercise. Liposuction can remove this stubborn fat on the inner and outer thighs, hips and abdomen, helping a woman achieve a slimmer contour.
Stretched abdominal skin and muscles during pregnancy can lead to sagging skin that hangs at the belly. Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck trims excess sagging skin and tightens and repositions separated abdominal muscles to give you a flatter stomach. A standard tummy tuck consists of one low, hip-to-hip incision that’s positioned so it can be easily hidden beneath a bikini or underwear. A second incision may be made around the belly button if necessary.
The increasingly popular Mommy Makeover surgery can be life-changing for many women. If you live in the Salt Lake City or Draper, Utah, area and are interested in learning more about a Mommy Makeover, call our office at 801-571-2020 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Watterson.