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Body Contouring Procedures After Pregnancy and Childbirth

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Childbirth is the most incredible experience a woman can go through. The result of it is the most precious gift and the source of joy unlike any other. Still, the immense happiness comes at a considerable price for a new mom’s body. Namely, pregnancy, giving birth, losing a substantial amount of weight, and breastfeeding come with some not so delightful physical changes. And the consequences of these changes may linger for quite a long time. Some of these are excess loose skin and stretched abdominal muscles. Unfortunately, there is little strict dieting, and strenuous exercise can do about this. Thankfully, body contouring procedures after pregnancy and childbirth are a great option that gives fantastic results.

What Is Body Contouring?

Body contouring or body sculpting has become very popular with young moms trying to get their old figure back after childbirth. It involves several procedures that all give excellent results relatively quickly. The most popular surgical practices included under the umbrella term body contouring are tummy tuck, liposuction, breast enhancement, and vaginal rejuvenation. If we combine all of these procedures, we get what is knows as Mommy Makeover

Who Are Ideal Candidates for Body Sculpting?

To be considered a good candidate for one of the body contouring procedures after pregnancy and childbirth, you need to fulfill the following requirements:

  • your weight is ideal or near that number
  • your weight doesn’t oscillate much
  • you are not a smoker or willing to quit
  • you are in good general health
  • your expectations and goals are realistic.

Given that there is a range of factors that can determine whether you are a suitable candidate for body sculpting procedures, it would be best to schedule a consultation with your doctor. They will be happy to answer all your questions and resolve any dilemmas. Furthermore, a medical professional is the only person who can advise you on the adequate procedure for your particular situation.

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A woman has to take care of herself during pregnancy and after.

Also, it’s necessary that you are in an appropriate physical and mental state to undergo any of the surgical procedures. Just like you need proper preparation and care during pregnancy, you also need to take care of yourself after pregnancy. That way, you will ensure you are a good candidate for the surgical practice you wish or need. 

Different Body Contouring Procedures After Pregnancy and Childbirth to Consider

As mentioned, there are several surgical procedures that body sculpting involves. Let’s take a look at them.

Cosmetic Procedures Around the Abdomen

During pregnancy, the skin stretches. If a woman carries multiple babies or she has had multiple pregnancies, there can be excessive stretching. After childbirth, it is expected that the skin doesn’t go back to its original state. Consequently, there can be a lot of excess sagging skin. Moreover, abdominal wall muscles can separate; even despite the regular physical activity, a woman can still have a big pregnancy-like stomach. And, of course, there will likely be a few stretch marks.

While these are reminders of a beautiful period of a woman’s life and the greatest gift of all, they can severely impact her confidence. Luckily, two procedures can help tremendously around the tummy area.

Liposuction

Liposuction involves breaking up fat cells and removing excess fat from various areas of the body. Many women struggle to eliminate stubborn fat deposits from their abdomen, arms, legs, and bottom. Therefore, they decide to try liposuction. This plastic surgery procedure can do wonders in restoring a woman’s confidence and help her get her pre-pregnancy body back. Moreover, this procedure is relatively simple, and recovery doesn’t take long.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure that many women undergo after childbirth. Like liposuction, abdominoplasty also involves the removal of fat deposits. However, it also removes excess skin. Women usually opt for this surgery if there is loose skin they can’t get rid of. Also, in case abdominal wall muscles separated during pregnancy, this procedure will tighten them. While this is as standard a procedure as liposuction, it is more invasive too, and thus, the recovery takes a bit longer.

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After tummy tuck and liposuction, the stomach is flatter and firmer.

After the procedure, the stomach will be firmer and flatter, and the waistline will be better defined. If you have had a C-section, the scar can possibly be incorporated into the existing one. If not, the scar will be positioned on the lower abdomen. That way, it can be easily hidden with most undergarments or swimwear. Moreover, abdominoplasty can remove stretch marks in the lower part of the abdomen.

Vaginal Rejuvenation

Women who didn’t have a C-section may want to schedule vaginal rejuvenation, i.e., labiaplasty. The reason behind this decision is that they are worried about their vaginas not being as tight anymore. Therefore, they believe it may make sex less pleasant both for them and their partners. This procedure, hence, helps women regain their sexual confidence by eliminating those worries and fears. It involves reducing and reshaping the inner labia, and it doesn’t affect the clitoris.

Breast Enhancement

Besides that abdominal area, pregnancy and childbirth can severely affect a woman’s breasts. They expand relatively quickly during pregnancy and can potentially lose elasticity while breastfeeding. Therefore, after everything, they can look deflated, making the woman lose her confidence. However, breast lift or breast augmentation can make an incredible difference. Your breasts can look just as great or even better than before the baby.

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Body contouring procedures after pregnancy and childbirth can help a woman regain her confidence and feel good about her body.

Having a baby is a beautiful experience that women have the privilege to experience. However, what this blessing can do to their bodies is less appreciated. And becoming a mother will imply giving all you have to your little bundle of joy. You will need a lot of time for the baby, a lot of patience, piles of toys, parenting books, baby food recipes. Then, you will need lots of onesies, tiny shoes, bottles, pacifiers, and other adorable baby clothes. Still, don’t forget that you need to do something for yourself.

Being a good and dedicated parent doesn’t mean forgetting and disregarding your needs and feelings entirely—quite the opposite. So, once you have finished breastfeeding and have a bit more time for yourself, body contouring procedures after pregnancy and childbirth can help you regain your confidence and start feeling good in your body again. If you are in good general health, these surgeries are perfectly safe, and it won’t take ages to recover from them.

What Should I Expect During My Mommy Makeover Recovery?

Many patients decide to undergo Mommy Makeover surgery, which can reverse many of the adverse effects of pregnancy and childbirth. While most women prepare sufficiently for the days leading up to the surgery, not very many typically look into what they should plan for after their surgery is completed. 

 

So what should you expect during your post-op recovery? Here are some details on what you will likely experience and some tips on how to have a comfortable and smooth recuperation.

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What Happens After I Get Home?

Every Mommy Makeover is customized to match each patient’s needs, so the procedures that were included in your surgery will affect your recovery. 

 

Typically, the breasts and midsection are wrapped in a support bra or a compression garment. You may feel sensitivity and tightness in the chest region and experience mild bruising and swelling. Redness may also occur around the incision locations.

 

Discomfort can be addressed with prescription pain medication. Refrain from physical activities such as lifting, pulling, pushing, twisting, or anything that can irritate the skin or body. Your surgeon tracks your progress and will let you know when it is safe to resume regular activities.

How Can I Ensure a Comfortable Experience?

Establish a relaxing environment by preparing things prior to your surgery is the best way to make sure that you are comfortable and content during your recuperation. Some tips for a comforting atmosphere include:

 

  • Having all of your prescriptions filled before your procedure
  • Following all of your post-surgical care instructions
  • Arranging for adequate childcare, as you will be unable to lift anything
  • Scheduling a friend or loved one to drive you home and stay with you for the first few days
  • Stocking plenty of pillows where you will be spending most of your time
  • Sleeping and getting plenty of rest
  • Drinking water to stay hydrated
  • Gathering plenty of entertainment, such as books, magazines, television, electronic devices, and your cell phone
  • Being sure to have all charging cables and spare batteries handy
  • Beginning to walk around the house after the first day or two

When Can I Resume Work?

Every patient will feel different after their procedure, but most patients can return to work in a couple of weeks. 

 

After at least four weeks, you can begin introducing regular activities, as long as your doctor has cleared it. It is important to listen to your surgeon and your body; avoid overexerting yourself—it can prolong your healing process.

 

It will usually take a few months for you to feel back to normal. Remain patient with your recovery and get plenty of rest.

What Results Should I Expect?

Dr. Robert Wald takes his time with each patient to understand their desires and preferences and creates a personalized surgical plan accordingly. 

 

Mommy Makeover before and after photo

In their Mommy Makeover, most patients choose to include breast augmentation to enhance their breast volume and cleavage, a breast lift to improve their nipples and areolas while simultaneously raising the breasts, a tummy tuck to remove excess abdominal fat and skin for a tighter stomach, and liposuction to reduce fat in stubborn locations. 

 

Regardless of which procedures you decide to include in your Mommy Makeover, most patients feel a significant improvement in their overall body contour after they have healed. 

 

To learn more about Mommy Makeover surgery, please call our office for a consultation at (714) 312-3549. You can also fill out our contact form.

I Want My Pre-Baby Body Back!

Although they are a wonderful gift, a lot of sacrifices come with having children. A woman’s entire life changes when she decides to start a family. Among the most frustrating transformations involves her body. Pregnancy and breastfeeding wreak havoc on the physique; the stomach expands to make room for a growing baby, the body begins to develop excess fat, and the breasts change in size as they start to produce milk for breastfeeding. After childbirth, the body might not revert to its original, pre-baby state. Many women find that diet and exercise fail to address these inevitable changes. Mommy Makeover surgery is an ideal option many mothers consider.

What Can I Achieve With Mommy Makeover Surgery?

A Mommy Makeover combines procedures for postpartum body contouring. Breast and body procedures can help a woman to reverse the effects of pregnancy to create firmer, more youthful contours. Depending on the characteristics that need to be addressed, Dr. Wald can create an individual surgery plan for your Mommy Makeover.

Rejuvenate Sagging Breasts and Loss of Fullness

Breast Lift Before and After PhotosThe breasts are completely different following pregnancy. Once a woman is finished breastfeeding, she might start losing the volume and shape of the breasts she once had. Breast lift surgery is an ideal procedure performed to restore lost skin elasticity that causes the breasts to sag (ptosis) by lifting them into a more youthful position.

Increase the Size and Improve the Shape of the Breasts

Some women will lose a significant amount of breast volume after pregnancy and notice they no longer have the large, full breasts that they once had. Breast augmentation surgery is designed to change the size and shape of the breasts by inserting saline or silicone implants. With so many breast implant types and incision options, a woman can have breasts that uniquely fit with the rest of her body. Breast lift surgery is commonly combined with breast augmentation to create larger breasts while correcting ptosis.

Flatten the Abdomen and Restore the Abdominal Muscles

A developing baby needs room for growth. The stomach expands throughout pregnancy and often results in weak abdominal muscles, excess tissue, and stretch marks. Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, is designed to restore the abdominal muscles and get rid of the belly “pooch.” An incision is made from hip bone to hip bone just above the pubic line. Through the incision, fat is excised, and weak abdominal muscles are tightened and sutured together. Excess skin is removed, resulting in a reduction in stretch marks. Patients are happy with their slimmer, more toned abdomen.

Remove Unwanted Fatty Tissue

In addition to abdominal fat, many mothers gain excess bulges in other areas of their bodies. Even with a regular diet and exercise routine, unwanted fat is often unresponsive. Liposuction can be performed on any area of the body. Commonly, post-pregnancy women address the stomach, love handles, thighs, and hips. Liposuction involves the removal of excess fatty tissue using a cannula hooked up to a vacuum device. Many tummy tuck patients also undergo liposuction to help them achieve an overall better shape in the abdominal area.

 

If you are ready to get your pre-baby body back, Dr. Wald can help! He can evaluate your body and goals to help you decide on the right procedure for you. Schedule your consultation by calling us at (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.

Mommy Makeover Surgery In Orange County

Mommy Makeover Results

mommy makeover surgeryWomen who have had their children notice the effects of pregnancy and age.  It’s quite concerning for a woman who has always looked good, but now has a tummy that has gained fat and loose skin and breasts that are smaller and more saggy.  Unfortunately, diet and exercise can not improve these problems.

To correct these problems, some sort of abdominal suturing or tightening is required.  Not uncommonly, a breast augmentation is performed at the same time.  These 2 operations are very common and usually called a Mommy Makeover.  My advice to my patients is to do this surgery earlier in life.  The younger this makeover is performed, the longer the woman can enjoy it.  This procedure is extremely satisfying to the patient.  She can now go back to the youthful appearance she had prior to her pregnancies and increasing age.

mommy makeover procedureTo determine exactly what needs to be done, a woman needs to see a plastic surgeon.  There are several options available to treat the abdomen. These include an Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) or some modification of this procedure.  There are short scar Abdominoplasties combined with liposuction. Occasionally, liposuction can be done alone if the skin envelop is without a lot of loose skin and stretched muscles.

The breasts are also of concerns following pregnancy.  The breasts usually deflate and sagginess can occur.  There are 2 options to treat the breasts.  This can include placement of a breast implant alone or a Mastopexy or breast lift.  A breast lift can be done alone or in combination with a breast implant.

mommy makeover surgeonA woman who decides to do this procedure must take 2 weeks off work and her motherly duties.  At 2 weeks, a person can drive, shower normally and perform some household chores.  Heavy lifting and exercise cannot be done for 4 to 6 weeks.  The results of this surgery are seen instantly but final results are not experienced for 6 months.  Scars fade, breast soften and swelling gradually diminishes over several months.  For the first few days following surgery, activity is limited and there is some discomfort.  Contrary to what is commonly statedonline, the pain is not excessive.

My patients are extremely pleased with the result of these procedures.  It is one of the most satisfying surgeries I perform.  If one wants to rid the bodily consequences of age and pregnancy, these procedures can accomplish your goals.

 

What Is the Mommy Makeover?

mother and childThe “Mommy Makeover” is a catchy nickname for a combination of cosmetic procedures designed to reverse the visible effects of pregnancy on the body. Sagging breasts, stretch marks, excess skin on the abdomen, and fat in new and undesired places are just a few of the side effects of pregnancy, and the Mommy Makeover can remedy all of them.

Those who consider the Mommy Makeover have likely tried every diet and exercise routine available to try to get their pre-pregnancy body back. The truth is, no amount of diet and exercise can eliminate excess skin, perk up deflated breasts, or remove stretch marks. New fat deposits on the lower abdomen and thighs are also often extremely difficult – if not impossible – to remove.

Depending on the results you desire, Dr. Wald offers any combination of breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty), and liposuction to correct the bodily changes that result from pregnancy.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation can significantly boost a woman’s confidence, especially after childbirth. Breast implants will increase the size and improve the shape of a woman’s breasts. There are many choices associated with this procedure, and Dr. Wald will thoroughly inform you of all your options during your consultation.

Breast Lift

Women often have sagging breasts after pregnancy. Sagging can be slight or more severe, with the nipples falling below the breast crease or pointing downward. A breast lift will remove excess skin and elevate the breasts to a higher position. This procedure does not increase breast size, which is why it is often performed in conjunction with breast augmentation.

Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck surgery targets excess skin and fat in the upper and lower abdomen, resulting in a trimmer, firmer midsection. As a result of pregnancy, many women have weakened or separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti), which are tightened during this procedure. Stretch marks will also be removed if they are located on the skin that is to be excised.

Liposuction

Liposuction will target all the areas of the body where fat seems to “stick.” The arms, back, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, hips, and flanks are just some of the common areas women choose to firm up with liposuction. The best candidates have good skin elasticity and do not have excess sagging skin. Those who do have a significant amount of excess skin will have better results with tummy tuck surgery.

Dr. Robert Wald has been performing the Mommy Makeover for many years at his practice in Fullerton, CA. He can help you determine the combination of procedures that will re-create your pre-pregnancy body and restore your confidence. If you would like to learn more about the Mommy Makeover procedure, please schedule a consultation by calling (888) 401-2806. For your convenience, you may also fill out our online contact form.

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