For many Dallas women, motherhood is one, if not the most, rewarding experiences of their lifetime. But as enjoyable as raising children and watching little people grow into strong, independent adults is, it’s a simple matter of fact that pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding take a toll on a woman’s body. After all, when pregnant, a woman’s belly grows, her breasts swell, and often her body stores excess fat in areas that were slimmer before pregnancy.
For some Dallas moms, getting close to or back at a pre-pregnancy silhouette seems almost effortless. Other moms struggle to regain their former figure, despite their diet and exercise routine. For this subset of moms, a popular combination of plastic surgery procedures called a mommy makeover may be just what the doctor ordered!
A mommy makeover is a series of plastic surgery procedures including a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, breast lift and sometimes liposuction to help restore a postpartum mother’s body back to its former shape. Performed as one surgical event, a Dallas mommy makeover streamlines all surgery and recovery times into one process, allowing moms to save money on hospital and anesthesia fees, as well as streamline the recovery time period from all the plastic surgery procedures into one event.
During a mommy makeover, the following plastic surgery procedures are performed as one surgical event:
The abdomen grows significantly during pregnancy. It’s designed to “shrink back” to size, but some Dallas moms find that, despite a healthy diet and exercise routine, they still have loose abdominal skin that hangs from their belly. This skin can all be surgically removed via a tummy tuck. Other moms may have what appears like a pooch in their belly that just won’t go away. This is often caused by diastasis recti, also known as separated abdominal muscles, which is a common side effect of pregnancy that many times doesn’t repair itself. By stitching up your abdominal muscles during a tummy tuck, Dr. Hopkins of J. Hopkins Plastic Surgery can help you say “Goodbye!” to this unwanted bulge for good!*
Whether a pregnant Dallas woman intends to breastfeed or not, her breasts will swell while she’s pregnant and immediately after giving birth as milk production takes place. This natural change associated with pregnancy and childbirth can leave moms with breasts that have lost volume or sag lower than they used to before they had children. Moms who breastfeed, especially for extended periods of time or breastfeed multiple children, seem to notice this change even more dramatically. A breast augmentation with either silicone or saline breast implants can help restore the lost breast volume that often comes with motherhood, or even allow a mom to go to a bigger size that she may have always desired.
Lost breast volume isn’t the only postpartum change that happens to a mother’s breasts. Sagging breasts are also often a concern for Dallas moms who seek a Mommy Makeover from Dr. Hopkins. A breast lift, which removes excess breast skin and repositions the nipple to a perkier position, can be performed to help moms have a more pre-pregnancy shape to their breasts.
Many pregnant women, despite eating a healthy diet throughout their pregnancy, find that their bodies start to store fat in places it never did before. After childbearing, these Dallas women can find that despite their best efforts to lose the fat, stubborn fatty deposits remain that just won’t go away. While not intended to be a weight loss procedure, but rather a surgery to remove these small pockets of excess fat, liposuction can be a vital part of a mommy makeover to helping moms regain the silhouette they once had.
Many Dallas women who consult with Dr. Hopkins about getting a mommy makeover often inquire about when the ideal time is to have the procedure performed. While everyone’s case is different and unique, Dr. Hopkins’ go-to response is, “When you know you aren’t going to have any more children, and when you have a solid birth control plan in place to prevent future pregnancies.” This isn’t because having a mommy makeover makes it unsafe to get pregnant again. Dr. Hopkins has performed several mommy makeovers on women who go on to have a successful, healthy and full-term subsequent pregnancy. Dr. Hopkins’ reasoning is more related to ensure you get the full value out of your procedure.
You see, a mommy makeover may offer dramatic results to your body.* However, if you get pregnant again, you’re at risk for losing the benefits of the procedure, such as a trimmer abdomen, fuller and perkier breasts, and removal of stubborn fatty deposits. Because Dr. Hopkins’ wants you to get the most benefits as possible out of your procedure, he often recommends that Dallas moms delay the procedure if they think they may want to have additional children in the future.
If you’re certain you’re done having children, and you haven’t been able to regain your pre-pregnancy physique despite your diet and exercise plan, then a mommy makeover may offer you significant benefits.*
To schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Hopkins and inquire about the procedure, learn more about it, and find out if your an ideal candidate for the surgery, call J. Hopkins Plastic Surgery today at (972) 298-6641.
*Individual results may vary