It is a good idea to define what a “mommy makeover” consists of. The joy and blessings of pregnancy are not without sacrifices to the new mom’s body. Some of these changes are due to the enlargement of the abdomen from carrying the baby and also from the enlargement of the breast as the mother gets ready for nursing. However, some woman also undergo changes in their face, hips, thighs, and arms after weight gain during pregnancy. As all these tissues enlarge they weaken and loose their elasticity. This is not noticeable while the tissues are stretched by the baby or the fluid in the mom’s tissues, however, after delivery this becomes very apparent with sagging skin, striae, and excess fatty tissue. Changes in pregnancy are not the same for every mom. Dr. Rueda, one of Palm Beach’s most sought after mommy make over surgeons, believes in a personalized approach to touch up the areas that help the new mom improve their shape the most. The majority of woman focus on improving the abdomen and breasts. We serve patients from the following cities: Wellington, Jupiter, Boyton Beach, West Palm Beach and Delray Beach. Have any questions? Call us now! Tel:561.557.3115
BODY CHANGES IN MOMMY MAKEOVER
ABDOMINAL CHANGES AFTER PREGNANCY
As the uterus enlarges during pregnancy the overlying muscles and skin are stretched. This stretching weakens the tissues elasticity, such that once the uterus begins to shrink to its normal size, the muscle looses its tone and the skin appears loose and in excess.
It becomes intuitive that to improve these changes the muscles would need to be tightened, and the excess skin removed. This is best accomplished by a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty (See Tummy Tuck).
BREAST CHANGES AFTER PREGNANCY
The breasts enlarge during pregnancy due to growth of the underlying gland filling with breast milk. This growth also causes the overlying skin to get stretched. This stretching weakens the breast skin elasticity, such that once the breast gland begins to shrink to its normal size, the breast skin looses its elasticity. Sometimes the breast gland may shrink smaller to its normal size. This leads to droopy breasts and reduced breast size.
To improve these changes, the breast would need to be tightened, and the breast size augmented to its original size. This is best accomplished by a breast lift (See Breast Lift) that contours the breast shape and creates perky and youthful breasts. In cases where breast size decreased, an implant may be used to enhance the size of the breast (See Breast Augmentation).
MOMMY MAKEOVER PROCEDURE
Most woman undergo a mommy makeover consisting of tummy tuck and breast lift. An arm lift or thigh lift may also be performed in those who have developed loose skin in their arms and thighs.
Please click here on tummy tuck and breast lift to read more about each procedure.
- Woman who has developed excess saggy skin and fatty tissue in the abdomen, arms, or thighs after pregnancy.
- Woman who has developed droopy breasts after pregnancy
- Face and Neck
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Those patients with excess abdominal skin, fatty tissue as well droopy breasts are ideal candidates for this procedure.
The ideal time to undergo this procedure is when the patient has achieved a stable weight after pregnancy. This usually occurs 3-9 months after delivery of the baby. Most woman seek this procedure 6-18 months after they have completed their pregnancy. For woman who are nursing, it is best to delay the procedure until breast feeding is complete.
This is a very personal decision. We recommend for child bearing to be complete as pregnancy after mommy makeover may lead to worsening of the improved abdominal and breast contours. However, it is not uncommon for woman who desire the improvement in their body in between pregnancies to undergo surgery.
Mommy makeover surgery may take 2-4 hours depending on the amount of areas undergoing treatment.
Your mommy makeover surgery will be performed in Precision Plastic Surgery Palm Beach by Dr. Steven Rueda in our office operating room. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia. In very selected cases, the surgery may be performed at a local hospital or ambulatory surgery center in Palm Beach.
Yes! The majority of patient’s undergoing this procedure undergo liposuction of their hips or thighs. This can be done safely at the time of mommy makeover.