Mommy Makeover Austin
“I’ve finally got back my pre–pregnancy body and I couldn’t be happier with my mommy makeover results.”
“After having three boys, I wanted my body back. Diet and exercise helped, but certain areas of my body never seemed to change. Childbirth can do that to you. I went to see Dr. Caridi about a ‘mommy make-over.’ I told him that I wanted him to fix everything from my breast down to my thighs, and boy, did he! During my consultation, Dr. Caridi and his friendly and informed staff were very good about making sure I was comfortable while helping me decide which procedures would be best for me. Dr. Caridi and his staff are of the utmost professional caliber and I now consider every one of them my friends. I would highly recommend Westlake Plastic Surgery to anyone who is feeling a little down about their appearance. Dr. Caridi has totally changed my life for the better and I know he can do the same for you.” – Jamie Gabriel, Actual Mommy Makeover Patient
Mommy Makeover – Overview
I see many moms in my Austin office who are thrilled with their children and family life. I see grandmoms who are in the prime of their lives enjoying their children, and their grandchildren! However, they are troubled by the effects of pregnancy on their figures including weight gain and fat accumulation, sagging or shrinking of the breasts, and wrinkling and bulging of the abdomen from pregnancy — all of which can take a toll on self esteem.
Is this something you will just have to live with? Is it wrong to want your pre-pregnancy body back? Isn’t it frustrating when despite rigorous diet and exercise you don’t see significant changes? Wasn’t it fun to feel desirable and sexy? Wasn’t it fun to wear sexy clothing? Isn’t it unfair that women have to do all the childbearing work and suffer the consequences of pregnancy while men don’t! Is this a good time to invest in YOU?
Of course it doesn’t help when you are told that “you’re fine the way you are” or “do whatever makes you happy” — which is the usual response I get when I ask my patients what their significant other thinks. Could you imagine being told that you need to have something done?!?
It is easy to see how this can affect your self esteem and your personal body image. In my experience, I find that the family just isn’t happy if mom is not happy. So in essence, the mommy makeover is the careful and appropriate selection of plastic surgery procedures to turn back the clock back to pre-children days. The goal of a mommy makeover is for you to look as good as you feel and enjoy your life to the fullest!
The uterus is usually about the size of an orange and during pregnancy the growing baby stretches the uterus and ultimately the abdominal wall. The two vertically oriented abdominal muscles (the “six-pack” muscles) actually separate. The separation of your muscles (also called rectus diastasis) is permanent. The abdominal fascia becomes lax with each successive pregnancy and the abdomen bulges despite diet and exercise. Some women tend to hold their abdomen tight all day long to help minimize the bulge that appears with muscle relaxation. With appropriate exercise, you can strengthen the muscles and improve tone but you cannot strengthen or tighten the loose, stretched abdominal fascia.
The skin is also stretched immensely during pregnancy, resulting in lax or loose skin. Stretch marks are very common. They are permanent scars. The waist widens, fat accumulates in and around the trunk area, and the skin can hang. This is most noticeable when you bend over. You cannot exercise your skin to make it tighter.
Due to hormonal changes during pregnancy, the breasts grow considerably. Breast-feeding causes the breasts to empty and fill repeatedly. Once breast-feeding is complete, the breasts typically decrease in size, often to a size smaller than before the pregnancy. As a result, the breasts fall (ptosis) and become flatter and smaller. The areola diameter increases and typically darkens. Stretch marks can also appear. The breasts end up looking tired, droopy, and deflated. Simply put, your breasts are not what they used to be!
Lipodystrophy or Fat Accumulation
Liposdystrophy is the collection of fat which might have been present before pregnancy but becomes more apparent after pregnancy. Fatty deposits can also appear in areas that formerly had very little present (like the hips and the waist).
The impact of pregnancy on a woman’s abdomen is variable. This is one area of plastic surgery requiring excellent judgment and extensive experience to make the most appropriate recommendation for repair. When there is a large abdominal bulge from weakened fascia, loose hanging skin, and an abundance of stretch marks present, a full abdominoplasty usually accompanied by liposuction is needed to correct the problem. A “mini-tuck” may be all that is necessary to improve the appearance in cases when the abdomen is relatively flat, yet stretch marks and loose skin in the area below the umbilicus or “belly button” remain. If the fascia is strong and the skin is relatively tight but there is excess fat on the abdomen and hips, liposuction alone may provide excellent results.
Breast surgery after pregnancy is designed to bring the breasts back to “the good old days” when they were perky. Sometimes an implant alone is sufficient to restore lost volume when the nipple has not fallen. If there is significant drooping of the breast, I may recommend a breast lift with or without an implant.
Liposuction (Fat Removal)
Liposuction consists of contouring the fat that accumulated during pregnancy. It is the easiest procedure to restore your pre-pregnancy curves.
Combining the “Big 3” Procedures:
Sometimes all three procedures can be safely performed to provide for the best result. However, it is not uncommon that I recommend that you stage the procedures in order to obtain the best final result and to provide you with the greatest degree of safety.