After childbearing, especially with multiple children, women may find it difficult to regain their pre-baby weight and figure. Many of these moms may want to get cosmetic surgeries to get back in shape. Writing for PlasticSurgery.org, the official resource website of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Dr. Anu Bajaj discusses the common reasons why women seek mommy makeovers.
“Following pregnancy, despite regular diet and exercise, some women may find that they have excess skin in the lower abdomen, and others may find that they have breasts that have lost volume and “sag,” even after returning to their pre-baby weight. A mommy makeover describes the surgical procedures done to correct these changes and may include an abdominoplasty (also known as a “tummy tuck“), liposuction, and either a breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation.”
“These surgeries are body contouring procedures, not weight loss procedures,” Dr. Bajaj clarifies. “To ensure that you have a long-lasting result, you should be at your goal weight for at least six months and have stopped breast-feeding for 6 months. It’s important to have stopped breast-feeding because your breasts need to return to their normal size and shape and stop producing milk.”
It would also be advisable to get the procedures when you no longer plan on getting pregnant to avoid needing repeat or additional surgeries.
Maryland moms who are thinking of getting a tummy tuck in Baltimore should consult with a board certified plastic surgeon about their candidacy. Some women, however, may need more than a tummy tuck to get optimal results.
A tummy tuck may need to be complemented by other surgical or non-invasive fat removal procedures. Tummy tucks are done to eliminate excess, sagging skin left after childbirth, but not any remaining unwanted fats. A liposuction can help remove those unwanted fats, especially around the abdominal area. Many plastic surgeons recommend combining the two surgeries for the most satisfactory results.
Women who may not want to get a liposuction to complement their tummy tuck in Baltimore, MD can consider less invasive procedures that make use of the latest technology, like Coolsculpting. Premier plastic surgery practices like the Baltimore Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Center offer Coolsculpting, in which fats are frozen away during hour-long sessions. Coolsculpting can be done on the abdominal, hip, and back areas, where stubborn fats from pregnancy may still be present. Moms who cannot afford long downtimes for recovery can choose this revolutionary, non-invasive fat removal procedure for their makeover.
(Source: Mommy makeovers: How soon is too soon?, PlasticSurgery.org by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, July 24, 2013)