Pregnancy and childbirth are an amazing feat, but it can take a toll on a woman’s body. It can be extremely challenging for women to undo the changes made to their bodies after having children through diet and exercise alone. While these precious babies are adorable and so worth it, moms are often left with frustrating sagging skin and stretched abdominal muscles. A mommy makeover is a highly effective way to reclaim a woman’s pre-baby physique. This combination of cosmetic procedures rejuvenates the areas of the body most affected by pregnancy to help moms feel and look their best.
Dr. Jules Walters is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New Orleans, LA and specializes in procedures that make up mommy makeovers. Dr. Walters listens to what his patients want and then helps them determine the best procedures to get their shape back again. Under his expert care, women are happy to learn that they can reclaim a more youthful, slimmer, and tighter figure even after having children. Here is some helpful information on three common surgeries used during a mommy makeover and how Dr. Jules Walters can assist in your body goals.
Your “new” body post children
Having children is a momentous event in life, but pregnancy can be taxing on a mom’s body. Following childbirth, certain areas of the body change as a result of skin stretching, weight gain, and even hormonal changes. Breasts can appear deflated, and women struggle with loose, sagging skin in their lower abdominal area. Excess fat from weight gain during pregnancy can rest in new-found places along the hips, thighs, or lower back. While every woman just wants to put her old jeans back on after pregnancy, a healthy diet and exercise may not do the trick. A mommy makeover uses a combination of procedures including a breast lift or augmentation, a tummy tuck, and further body contouring via liposuction to combat stubborn pockets of fat. These three procedures are expertly performed by Dr. Walters, who has helped countless women in New Orleans feel more confident about their appearance.
Three common mommy makeover procedures
Steady weight gain and raging hormones during pregnancy force the body to adjust to a new normal. During a thorough consultation, Dr. Walters patiently listens to each woman’s concerns about their post-baby body and formulates an all-in-one mommy makeover plan. One of the most significant benefits of a mommy makeover for women in New Orleans is its ability to incorporate more than one procedure in one surgery. That means mom only has one surgical day and one recovery period versus multiple over an extended period of time.
Here are three of the most popular procedures performed as part of a mommy makeover:
1. Breast augmentation, lift, or reduction
The breasts are commonly affected by pregnancy. Fluctuations in hormones, weight gain, and increased breast size due to nursing can all change the breast’s skin elasticity. Reduction in volume, shape, and size are all common factors that moms experience post-pregnancy. While some women opt for just a breast lift to add life back into their deflated breasts without an implant, others may choose both to recapture their pre-pregnancy breasts. Highly customizable and extremely popular, breast augmentation can give moms a new and improved overall shape, size, and lift to enhance the appearance to their breasts. A breast lift can tighten and lift breasts that have become saggy or droopy. For women in New Orleans who have more substantial and more cumbersome breasts after pregnancy, Dr. Walters may recommend a breast lift along with a reduction to reduce the heavy burden.
2. Tummy Tuck options
Another popular procedure for a mommy makeover is a tummy tuck. The stomach is quite possibly the most affected area post-pregnancy. Moms struggle with excess fat and skin and even stretch marks after having children. When moms only need a small amount of skin removed and tightened, a mini tuck is recommended. Other moms may have a more substantial amount of excess fat and skin to be removed. They also may need to tighten the underlying abdominal muscles that were stretched due to pregnancy. In that case, a traditional or extended tummy tuck may be necessary for the best results. A reverse tummy tuck is another option for women who have loose skin primarily in their upper torso following weight loss.
Regardless of the type of tummy tuck, the main goal of this procedure is to give moms a slimmer, more contoured abdominal area after they are finished having children.
In most cases, a mommy makeover will involve some liposuction to remove stubborn pockets of excess fat. Liposuction further contours targeted areas like the stomach, thighs, hips, and lower back. The end result is a more contoured, slimmer body to create a finished look for the mommy makeover.
A mommy makeover requires the experience and expertise of a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Jules Walters. He artistically crafts each makeover plan to help moms look and feel like their old selves and often even better than before. Dr. Walters has helped countless moms in the New Orleans area transform their bodies with a mommy makeover. If you are considering a mommy makeover, schedule a consultation with Dr. Walters at Walters Plastic Surgery to begin your journey towards a flatter belly, slimmer figure, and enhanced bustline.