A "mommy makeover" is a group of cosmetic procedures that are often done to target areas that may not look the same after pregnancy and motherhood. Since the group of procedures is customized, there are many different procedures you can choose to achieve an improved version of yourself.
There are many face-related problems that can be frustrating, such as bags under the eyes, discoloration from melasma, and wrinkles. Wrinkles and bags under the eyes can be easily fixed with the use of fillers so you look less tired or old. This is an in-office procedure where a needle is used to inject the filler under the skin. The doctor may also manipulate the filler once it is under the skin to help smooth it out and achieve the desired result. Fillers may be a better alternative for wrinkles than the use of Botox because the results typically last longer.
Melasma can be a major concern for women during pregnancy, and it is caused by changes in hormones. Generally, the problem goes away shortly after childbirth or once hormones return to normal, but this not always the case. Depending on the extent of melasma, it can be a challenge to cover up with color correction and high-coverage foundations. Sometimes medications can be used to lighten areas of melasma, or skin treatments, such as lasers or microdermabrasion, might also help. Some skin treatments might be helpful for both lines and melasma.
The abdomen is possibly the most popular area that is targeted during the "mommy makeover." Regardless of how much weight you gain during pregnancy or your fitness level, it is not always possible to eliminate sagging skin. You may also have developed stretch marks. An abdominoplasty is the best option to both tighten the underlying abdominal muscles and remove excess skin on the lower-abdomen. Since the excess skin is removed, some of the stretch marks on the area will also be removed, but stretch marks on your upper-abdomen may still remain.
If you experienced significant weight gain during your pregnancy or already were overweight, a more extensive procedure might produce better results, such as a circumferential abdominoplasty. This procedure not only reduces excess skin on the abdomen, but it may reduce loose skin on the hips, thighs, and back. Many of these surgical procedures may be combined with liposuction to achieve the best possible results. Liposuction may be done during the surgery, especially if fat transfer to your buttocks is also done, or it may be done later once the results of the surgery are easier to see.
Your breasts may experience significant changes from both pregnancy and breastfeeding. Women who had larger breasts may find their breasts become much larger after becoming a mother. Surgery can be used to reduce sagging with a breast lift. The same procedure can also reduce the volume in your breasts if you feel your breasts are quite large and especially if they are causing back pain. Some women find once they stop breastfeeding, their breasts lose considerable volume. In addition to sagging, they may have small breasts. Typically, breast implants can be used to increase breast volume and take up the slack from any sagging skin.
Other areas near the breasts some women want to fix are bulges or loose skin near the bra line. Liposuction is a way to minimize or eliminate bra bulges that can make bras fit uncomfortably at the band or create unflattering lumps. A bra line back lift can be used to remove excess skin around the bra band that may occur with weight loss.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to improving trouble areas after becoming a mother. Everyone who has a "mommy makeover" will need their own set of customized procedures to make them look and feel their best.
Contact a clinic like Dr. Marcos Cosmetic Surgery and MedSpa for more information about mommy makeovers.