Mommy Makeover Surgery in Denver, CO
(Post-Maternity Breast and Body Contouring)
Giving birth can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a woman's life. Unfortunately, pregnancy and breast-feeding often result in unwanted changes in a woman's body, such as drooping breasts, enlarged nipple areolas, loss of a curved waist, burden of fat in the abdomen and waist, stretch marks, sagging tummy skin that no amount of exercise and dieting seems to fix, and muscle abdomen muscle weakness with a pooch. The loose muscles and stretched skin improve somewhat after pregnancy, but the body usually never completely returns to the way it was before pregnancy.
It used to be that women were resigned to living with these natural changes in their bodies due to pregnancy. Now, however, more and more women are seeking out plastic surgeons to rejuvenate their breasts and tummies to the more youthful firmness they enjoyed before having children. These procedures are collectively called "mommy makeovers" or post-maternity breast and body reshaping.
Mommy Makeover Procedure
Most mommy makeover procedures are performed in an outpatient surgery center. Patients are given general anesthesia, which creates a state of deep sleep. Anesthesia is administered after a brief consultation during which Dr. Shridharani reviews the aspects of surgery and answers any questions there may be.
Individual procedures are moved through one at a time. The process of surgery is discussed during the consultation in terms of which procedure will be performed first. During the process, techniques such as liposuction, breast lift, breast augmentation, and abdominoplasty are carefully performed. When complete, the patient is moved to a recovery area where they are observed until the anesthesia wears off.
Mommy Makeovers: Breast Lift
Your post-maternity breast lift will be tailored to you, depending on your individual case and goals. Breast size does not change after a breast lift, nor does the fullness or roundness in the upper part of the breasts improve much. Because of the limits of a breast lift, in and of itself, women who have lost breast volume with pregnancy might desire a breast augmentation be included along with the breast lift. Breast augmentation with a lift adds volume and firmness. Other women after pregnancy have too large of breasts that are also sagging and these women might benefit from a breast reduction, which also lifts the breasts, makes them firmer as the size is reduced. Large breasts that are sagging usually don’t improve much unless the size is reduced, they’ll just sag again.
Mommy Makeovers: Breast Augmentation
Many women lose breast volume after pregnancy or they might have been small beforehand but enjoyed the fullness that pregnancy and breast-feeding gave them. In either case, their breasts are small after having children, appear to be sagging, and lack firmness. Breast augmentation is often the solution in this setting, and sometimes a nipple lift (which is not a breast lift) or a breast lift is added for additional improvement.
A breast augmentation will be tailored to your desires, as well as to your body shape. Whether it is to return to your pre-pregnancy size or another size, Dr. Bershof will help you to decide the approximate size implant that will meet your goals. If some type of lift is needed, he'll recommend your options.
Mommy Makeovers: Breast Reduction
Most women find that their breasts enlarge to a fuller size and shape while they are pregnant. Afterward, a natural diminution after pregnancy and breast-feeding leaves some women with the empty-looking, drooping breasts that might benefit from a breast lift, a breast augmentation, or both. For many other women, however, the breasts remain larger than desired after childbirth, and might also be sagging. Breast reduction surgery may be the solution in these cases, which will both reduce the size and lift the breasts. Inherent in a breast reduction is a breast lift.
One reason women may seek breast reduction after giving birth is to return the breasts to the smaller size they had before becoming pregnant. In addition, breast reduction can relieve the common symptoms of large breasts, such as the neck, back and shoulder pain, improper posture, rashes under the breasts, low self-esteem or heightened self-consciousness. Breast reduction can address these issues by removing fat and glandular breast tissue and as well as tightening skin to produce smaller, lighter and lifted breasts that are in a healthier proportion to the rest of the body.
Breast reduction surgery is not recommended for women who intend to breast-feed in the future, as reduction surgery might interfere with the ability to breastfeed, and the breasts might also get large again from pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Mommy Makeovers: Tummy Tuck
Perhaps nowhere else on the body is pregnancy more unforgiving than in the abdomen. By stretching and weakening the skin and muscles of the tummy and waist, pregnancy can leave you with loose skin, stretch marks, a prominent pooch (rectus muscle weakness) and loss of the waist curve that no amount of exercise will correct. A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, can help.
Tummy tucks help to flatten and shape the abdomen and waist by removing excess skin and fat and by tightening the rectus muscles. The result is a firmer tummy and a more defined waistline. Dr. Bershof has been performing abdominoplasties with excellent cosmetic results for over 20 years.
Women who also suffer from areas of fat in the back, hips, and thighs after pregnancy may benefit from liposuction of these areas at the same time as the tummy tuck.
Results from the tummy tuck procedure will diminish if a woman has another pregnancy, so we advise patients who plan to become pregnant to delay abdominoplasty until done with childbearing.
Mommy Makeovers: Liposuction
Liposuction sculpts the body after pregnancy by removing undesirable, diet-resistant fat from the abdomen, waist, hips, buttock crease and/or thighs. It offers the opportunity to slim and contour areas of the body that did not "spring back" to their pre-baby tone. With liposuction, you can minimize areas of fat caused by pregnancy and enhance the curve of the waistline. Liposuction is not for weight reduction although some people do lose a few pounds with the procedure.
Can i have children after a mommy makeover surgery?
Having a mommy makeover does not impede a woman's ability to become pregnant and carry a full-term pregnancy. Surgeons typically advise women to wait until they are done having children to address the physical effects of motherhood only because a future pregnancy could very well diminish the results of surgery. If you were to become pregnant after a mommy makeover, there is no reason to expect complications. The changes that occur as a result of your pregnancy can be corrected as you wish after your body has fully recovered from pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Am i a good candidate for a mommy makeover surgery?
Healthy women who are interested in reshaping their bodies are often good candidates for mommy makeover treatment. Characteristics that are shared among many makeover patients include:
- Loose, sagging abdominal tissue.
- Deflated or shrunken breasts.
- Stretch marks on the abdomen or breasts.
Lingering fat in the midsection, hips, thighs, flanks, or other areas.
Before undergoing a mommy makeover, it is helpful to have reached a healthy, stable weight. Good physical and emotional health is optimal, as are realistic expectations about what a mommy makeover can achieve. Ideally, patients undergo mommy makeover treatment after their child-bearing days are behind them.
How long is the recovery from a mommy makeover surgery?
Mommy makeover recovery can take several weeks. During the first week patients should expect:
- Feeling very tired. The focus needs to be on rest during this time.
- Tightness in the breasts and stomach.
- Tightened abdominal muscles prevent standing upright for a week to ten days.
- Bruising and swelling.
- Tingling and numbness.
Although muscles feel tight and uncomfortable, patients need to get up and move around every few hours. Soreness and tenderness can be managed with prescription medication. Reliable physical and emotional support is vital during this time, as anxiety and second-guessing are a common side effect when discomfort is at its worst.
After the initial week of recovery, patients experience significant improvements in comfort and mobility. From week 2 to 4, soreness and tenderness get better by the day. The sensation of tightness, numbness, and tingling will remain but feel much less intense as time goes by.
Into the fourth week of recovery, patients typically feel much better. It is now when many patients return to work. Light activities can be resumed, though lifting may need to be limited to 20 pounds through week 6 of recovery. From week 6 onward, recovery is limited to residual swelling and incision healing.
What are the risks of a mommy makeover surgery?
Surgical risks include infection, bleeding, poor wound healing, fluid or blood accumulation beneath the skin, extended numbness, persistent pain, tissue or nerve damage, and anesthesia risks. Mommy makeover procedures also carry cosmetic risks such as contour irregularities and poor healing.
How long is the mommy makeover surgery?
The duration of a mommy makeover procedure is dependent on the various procedures a woman wishes to have done. Surgery can last anywhere from 3 to 8 hours. During this time, the anesthesiologist and surgical staff closely observe vital signs to ensure safety while Dr. Shridharani focuses on precision in each technical aspect of surgery.