Getting Your Pre-Pregnancy Body Back
Ah, the miracle of life.
What’s even more miraculous though is that a woman’s body can survive the particular assault that is pregnancy. If you have children, you understand.
And if you’re feeling less confident about your appearance these days, you may be wondering if there are ways of getting your pre-pregnancy body back. You’re in luck. There are!
Getting Your Pre-Pregnancy Body Back With Diet and Exercise?
Many women immediately go-to diet and exercise in an attempt to return to their pre-pregnancy bodies. And these are helpful ways to enrich the mind and the body.
Yet, while nobody should be discouraged from living a healthier lifestyle, for most women, diet and exercise alone simply aren’t enough to remedy the ravages of pregnancy and nursing.
That’s because diet and exercise can’t eliminate the excess skin and loss of volume in the breasts that come post-pregnancy and particularly post-nursing. They also can’t address the stretch marks that are the result of skin being overstretched very quickly and unable to snap back.
Furthermore, no matter how many crunches you do, they can’t repair diastasis recti – that pregnancy-like pouch in the belly that refuses to disappear even after the baby has made its exit. Even premature facial aging can occur postpartum. And there’s no diet for that.
Fortunately, there IS plastic surgery. And there are a number of procedures (collectively known as a “Mommy Makeover”) that a board-certified plastic surgeon can perform to help you instill that pre-pregnancy confidence.
For some women, their only post-pregnancy complaint is the ability to lose fat in troublesome spots such as in the stomach, waist, hips, and thighs. In this case, the surgeon will recommend liposuction.
With liposuction, small incisions are made in the treatment area and then a thin hollow tube, called a cannula, is inserted through the incisions to loosen excess fat cells. A surgical vacuum is then used to suction the fat out of those areas to create a slimmer body contour.
- Breast Lift/Augmentation
It’s rare that a woman will need only liposuction after pregnancy. Especially if there are multiple children. The demands placed upon the breasts during pregnancy and nursing are intense. As such, the breasts are prone to sagging.
In order to restore the breasts to their original and more youthful pre-pregnancy position, a plastic surgeon might recommend a breast lift, breast augmentation, or breast lift with either silicone or saline implants.
There are three types of breast lift procedures:
The first utilizes a periareolar incision and is typically best for someone who has large areolas and minimal sagging or drooping that need correction. A vertical breast reduction does the same as the periareolar incision, but it also extends down from the areola to deliver a more significant lift for moderate drooping. Finally, the inverted t-shape incision adds an additional incision within the breast fold for increased lift where necessary.
In cases where the breasts become too large after pregnancy and are no longer proportionate to the body, the surgeon would likely recommend a breast reduction.
- Tummy Tuck
As if the stretch marks along the belly aren’t enough of a tell-tale sign of a previous pregnancy, there is the above-mentioned belly pouch that is a result of diastasis recti.
Tummy tuck to the rescue. Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that reduces excess fat and skin around the abdomen and reconstructs the abdominal wall musculature.
The result is a flatter belly and minimal stretch marks.
- Facial Rejuvenation
The stress of pregnancy, as well as raising young children, can easily show up in the form of premature aging in the face. So even though facial rejuvenation isn’t a standard part of the Mommy Makeover, your surgeon may recommend a facelift or Botox injections to build upon the youthful appearance gained by the other procedures.
Postpartum Body Confidence Is a Reality
Getting your pre-pregnancy body back isn’t just a pipe dream.
So if you’re feeling less than satisfied with your post-pregnancy body, contact us today for a free consultation about how a Mommy Makeover could work for you.
Once the procedures are completed, you’ll walk away with restored confidence and ready to face the challenges of motherhood with vigor.