Children bring incredible joy to your life, but the process of pregnancy and childbirth can change your body in ways that make you feel self-conscious. Board-certified plastic surgeon Kirit Bhatt, MD, of Rejuve Plastic Surgery in McLean, Virginia, helps women get their pre-baby body back. Inquire about a mommy makeover, in which two or more plastic surgery procedures are combined to restore your figure. Call the office or book an appointment online to learn more.
A mommy makeover is right for women who feel that pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding have taken a serious toll on their physique. You may have gained a lot of weight during pregnancy, developed permanent stretch marks, and found that your breasts are less perky and may have even shrunk in size.
If you’re bothered by your post-baby physique and are done having children, talk to Dr. Bhatt about how you can get your body back with some simple procedures.
When you’re pregnant, your breasts enlarge due to hormone production, and when your baby arrives they become engorged with milk. But when the hormones calm down after you stop breastfeeding, your breasts reduce in size. But any stretched out skin remains, leaving saggy breasts that may also have an enlarged nipple/areola area. After more than one pregnancy, you may experience even greater effects on your breasts’ appearance.
Pregnancy can cause you to develop stretch marks across your abdomen or result in loose skin that just can’t tighten in the months and years following your child’s (or children’s) birth. You may also develop abdominal muscle separation, called diastasis. This can leave you looking like you are permanently bloated or even still pregnant.
After a cesarean section, many women also develop a pouch at their lower abdomen. Any excess skin or subcutaneous fat hangs over the c-section scar, creating the appearance of a chubby belly -- even if you’re of normal weight.
To restore the look of a belly post-pregnancy, many women include a tummy tuck during their mommy makeover. During this procedure, excess skin and fat are removed and your tummy is lifted to give you a smoother, flatter abdomen. Liposuction is also an option to improve the look of a poochy tummy.
Your belly button often undergoes changes in appearance following pregnancy. Your “innie” can become an “outie.” Whether or not this change is associated with an umbilical hernia, the look of your belly button can be repaired as part of your mommy makeover.
To learn about how you can get your pre-baby body back, call Rejuve Plastic Surgery or book an appointment online.