As a woman who’s given birth one or more times, you’ve experienced firsthand the incredible accomplishments of the female anatomy and psyche. And if you breastfed your babies, you were part of yet another miracle that the female body was made for. Pregnancy, vaginal deliveries, and nursing are nothing short of astounding as you bring new life into the world.
Sometimes equally astounding — though much less rewarding — are the apparently permanent physical changes your post-pregnancy and breastfeeding body are now stuck with. But these changes don’t have to be permanent. At Pasadena Plastic Surgery in Pasadena, California, Dr. Michael Schwartz is an accomplished cosmetic and facial plastic surgeon who customizes mommy makeovers for women like you who want to reclaim their bodies after pregnancy.
The mommy makeover is a collection of procedures designed to help you look and feel your best, and Dr. Schwartz is a master when it comes to making your body look naturally restored to your pre-baby shape. He shares what a mommy makeover entails and how it can help undo the effects of pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Your protruding belly is lovely when you’re pregnant; a sign of new life. But after you’ve had the baby, sometimes that larger belly sticks around. Your skin stretches beyond its limits during those nearly 10 months of pregnancy, so one of the first problem areas a mommy makeover addresses is your post-baby belly bump.
After having a baby, you’re often left with loose, sagging belly skin that’s lined with stretch marks. Your skin is amazingly resilient, and thanks to the collagen and elastin your body produces naturally, skin typically bounces back from a fair bit of stretching. But, even the healthiest, firmest skin can’t fully recover from the overstretching that occurs while you’re pregnant.
Multiply this by several pregnancies, and the cumulative effect on your abdomen can make the thought of wearing a bikini a distant memory. That’s why a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and Vaser(™) liposuction are vital components of your mommy makeover. Depending on your specific needs, and how much excess fat and loose skin you have, Dr. Schwartz designs a body contouring plan to remove extra fat and skin, so you’re left with a firmer, more toned belly — without the bump.
Another part of your body that succumbs to the effects of pregnancy and breastfeeding are your breasts. During pregnancy, your hormones surge and your breasts grow larger as they prepare to nourish a new little soul. After your child is born, your breasts continue to produce milk so you can provide your baby with needed nutrients in the first year or more of life.
What this means for your body is that for 18-24 months, or more, your breasts expand and shrink over and over again, and these changes can take their toll. After you’ve finished nursing, you’re often left with sagging breasts that may even have become smaller than they were before pregnancy. To address this concern, we offer a breast lift, breast augmentation, or breast reduction, depending upon your desired goals.
With a breast lift, Dr. Schwartz essentially returns your breasts to their pre-baby position, giving you a more youthful, perkier profile. If the position of your breasts didn’t change, but their size did as a result of breastfeeding, Dr. Schwartz also offers breast augmentation or breast reduction. These procedures can restore the look of your breasts or even give you an entirely new shape if you’d like to modify what Mother Nature gave you.
Because pregnancy and childbirth changes everything, you can also opt for a full mommy makeover that includes a Brazilian butt lift. During this minimally invasive procedure, Dr. Schwartz removes fat from another part of your body — like your belly — through liposuction and uses it to firm your rear end through a series of injections of the harvested fat cells. The result is a more contoured, sculpted, youthful-looking backside to complement your flatter belly and perkier breasts.
If you’re considering a mommy makeover, Dr. Schwartz can help you decide which areas you want to tackle, essentially customizing the makeover to fit your desired outcome. It’s important to note that you should only consider a mommy makeover if you’re sure your family is complete and you’re not planning to have more children in the future.
When you’re ready to take back your body, a mommy makeover could be just the solution. Learn more by calling the office to schedule a consultation, or book online anytime.