Some plastic surgery procedures—like a facelift or arm lift—obviously focus on a very specific part of the body. Others, however, are more versatile. A Mommy Makeover procedure at New Jersey’s Sood Center, for example, is not a single surgery, but the term for a combination of surgical strategies with a unified goal: restoring pre-baby contours.
Pregnancy and childbirth are obviously life-changing in many ways. One of those ways is the toll these experiences take on the mother’s body. Most obviously, a growing baby causes the belly area to grow and bulge, which stretches skin and separates abdominal muscles. The breasts also grow in size as milk production begins, and the body can hold onto fat, causing various areas to become bulkier.
Not all of these changes reverse after the baby is born. The body may continue to hold onto that fat, leading to stubbornly large hips, love handles, or a double chin. Breasts may also stay larger than they were before.
Unfortunately, changes that do reverse don’t necessarily mean that the original contours will return. As large breasts and a belly reduce in volume, the skin can remain stretched out. This can cause sagging breasts, laxity on the abdomen, and loose, hanging skin elsewhere on the body.
No two women experience childbirth—or its after-effects—in the same way. This is why a Mommy Makeover is designed to be a customizable approach made up of whatever surgical procedures are appropriate for the patient.
What are some of the most common options?
Breast augmentation is popular for adding volume to breasts that end up smaller than they were before or for restoring symmetry to breasts that no longer “match.” A breast lift addresses sagging, while a breast reduction reduces the size of breasts that stay uncomfortable large.
A tummy tuck focuses on contour changes a bit farther down by removing excess skin and fat, as well as repairing abdominal muscles that have separated. This procedure often includes liposuction, which is another surgical strategy that can be applied to many areas of the body. Virtually anywhere that has a pocket of stubborn, “diet-resistant” fat may be a good candidate for surgical fat removal.
Of course, contouring procedures for the face, buttocks, arms, legs, general upper body, lower body, and more can be used if weight fluctuations have caused skin laxity and similar problems there.
The point of a Mommy Makeover is that it’s for you to decide what you want to address!
To learn more or schedule a consultation, call us at Sood Center at (609) 701-4668 for our Linwood office or (856) 746-6162 for our Haddonfield office. You can also reach out to us via an online contact form.