On average, most women gain 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy. This weight is stored as fatty tissue in the breasts, abdomen, flanks (love-handles), hips, lower back, buttocks and thighs. The breasts also grow due to weight gain and to prepare for nursing There can be a weakening and separation of the abdominal muscles and stretching of the abdominal skin during pregnancy. This stretching may cause a breakage of the skin collagen, also known as stretch marks. Many new moms do lose the excess weight. Unfortunately, the weight loss is not always proportional to the amount of fatty tissue in a given area. That means for some, more weight may be lost from the breasts or buttocks than the abdomen and waist. This can lead to smaller breasts despite fullness of the waist and abdomen. Also once a woman finishes breastfeeding, the breasts deflate even further and begin to sag. The weak abdominal muscles and the excess abdominal fat appear as fullness and bulging of the belly. Despite our best efforts sometimes the stomach muscles cannot regain their original strength. Even if you have successfully lost weight after pregnancy often you cannot reverse stubborn pockets of fat and sagging skin and Mommy Makeover can really help.
A Mommy Makeover isn’t just for recent moms, some women wait several years before treating themselves. Post menopausal woman can also benefit greatly from a Mommy Makeover.
A Mommy Makeover is a combination of surgeries targeted for the breast and abdomen area and designed to counteract the physical effects of childbearing and general sagging. A Mommy Makeover can include either a breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction and a tummy tuck or liposuction of the abdomen. Every individual is unique and Dr Lee will recommend the best possible combination for optimal results at the free consultation.
Options for a Mommy Makeover
During your consultation with Dr Lee the different options for surgery will be discussed. The options to choose from are:
- Liposuction of the tummy area
- Tummy tuck
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Lift
- Breast reduction