It’s 5:00. You just left your job, and now another full-time job awaits you at home. You need to prepare dinner, help the kids with their homework, get the kids to soccer practice, attend the PTA meeting … the list goes on and on. Does this sound all too familiar?
Because a woman’s time, resources, and energy are devoted to the well-being of her children and family, the modern mother’s hectic schedule makes it difficult to focus on herself. Ultimately, a mommy’s own well-being gets lost in the shuffle because there is just not enough time.
The continuous journey of pregnancy to motherhood can take a toll on a woman’s body and well-being. Many mothers are bothered by this “wear and tear,” complaining of drooping breasts and extra fat which despite aggressive exercise, does not go away. Unfortunately, her life may return to “normal,” but her body fails to return to its pre-pregnancy shape and appearance. A customized Mommy Makeover at Advanced Plastic Surgery & Nouveau Cosmetic Center offers mothers the chance to reclaim their body and increase their confidence. Even though a woman may be a mommy, she is still a woman who deserves to feel youthful and confident.
- Personalized consultation to identify problem areas
- Combining procedure for the ultimate makeover
- Improve fullness of breast, flatter abdomen, and sculpting of flanksand thighs
- General anesthesia
- Overnight at hospital
- 1-2 weeks off work
- Moderately painful first 72 hrs
- Wear bra and girdle/garment/binder 24/7 for 1 month
- Return to exercise at 4 weeks
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
On average, most women gain 25-35 pounds during pregnancy. This weight is stored as fatty tissue in the abdomen, flanks, hips, lower back, buttocks, and thighs. The hormonal changes that occur cause stubborn fat deposits that are difficult to eliminate through diet and exercise alone.
Tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a procedure that tightens and flattens the stomach. A tummy tuck is helpful for patients who have stretched, loose skin of their abdomens providing for a slimmer and more appealing abdominal contour. Pregnancy may result in a weakening and separation of the abdominal muscles as the baby grows. In addition to removing excess fat and skin, a tummy tuck can restore weakened muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.
During a tummy tuck, the surgeon creates carefully planned incisions around the abdominal area to minimize post-operative scarring. The surgeon then removes the excess skin and fat in addition to tightening the underlying abdominal muscles for a more toned appearance. The incisions are then closed and drains are temporarily inserted at the incision site for proper healing. There is a residual scar located low on the abdomen which can be hidden beneath a bathing suit bottom.
In addition to a tummy tuck, some women may also benefit from liposuction to sculpt the back, hips, thighs, and flanks. This ultimately contours the body, resulting in a firmer, smoother figure. A tummy tuck can be performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia in two to five hours, however, in some instances; your surgeon may recommend that you stay overnight.
Following surgery, an abdominal binder or compression garment is worn to minimize swelling and support the abdomen as it heals. The final result may be initially obscured by swelling, however, within a week or two, you should be standing tall and feeling confident about your appearance.
The improved body contour and flatter, firmer abdomen will continue to improve as the swelling subsides secondary to the healing process, with final results apparent in a few months. Through continued healthy living, with a healthy diet and daily exercise, the new body appearance will be life changing, enhancing your overall self confidence.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
During pregnancy, a woman’s breasts grow due to weight gain and preparation for breast feeding. After a woman finishes breast feeding, the breasts “deflate” and may begin to sag, leaving a mother’s breasts stretched and droopy.
Breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is an effective solution to remove excess skin and safely lift the breasts to a higher position, restoring firmness and shape. The result is more youthful-looking breasts.
There are different breast lift surgery techniques available to help patients reach their cosmetic goals. Each technique varies in the shape of incisions used and the appearance of their resulting scars. In general, a breast lift raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and reshaping surrounding tissue for a new breast contour. In addition, the nipple and areola are repositioned to a natural, more youthful height. In addition to a breast lift, the surgeon may recommend breast augmentation to further enhance the effects of the mastopexy. When an increase in breast volume is desired, breast implants, either saline or silicone, may be inserted in conjunction with a breast lift.
After breast lift surgery, patients are fitted with a special bra to provide support and hold the breasts in place. Patients can usually return home a few hours after breast lift surgery. Although patients should expect to experience pain, swelling, and bruising after breast lift surgery, many patients find they are able to return to their daily activities within a week.
The final results of your breast lift will appear over the next few months as breast shape and position continue to settle. A breast lift not only rejuvenates the female figure with a profile that is more youthful and uplifted, but also enhances self confidence. Aging and gravity will continually change the breast appearance, however, a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise will help maintain the new beautiful you.
Ready For Your Next Step…
As a mother, you may be used to making certain sacrifices for your family. But those sacrifices do not have to include the way you look and how you feel about yourself. A Mommy Makeover can help you restore your body and improve your self-esteem after the rigors of pregnancy.
Advanced Plastic Surgery& Nouveau Cosmetic Center located in Newark, Delaware, is convenient to Wilmington, Elkton Maryland, Chester County Pennsylvania, and Southern New Jersey. Our well trained staff and highly qualified surgeons are available to assist you with your cosmetic needs. Our surgeons use the latest in surgical technology to provide patients with the finest medical care and to deliver natural-looking results.
Please contact us today to learn more or to schedule a personalized consultation. Our plastic surgeons will discuss the best options for your needs and discuss all aspects of the procedure at your initial consultation.
Looking for a less invasive or minimal to no downtime procedure? At Advanced Plastic Surgery Center and Nouveau Cosmetic Center, we offer a wide variety of nonsurgical options to fit our patients needs. Those options include:
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