“Mommy makeover” is a term that is commonly used to describe a group of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures designed to enhance a woman’s appearance following pregnancy, childbirth and/or breastfeeding – all of which can result in dramatic changes to her body. Because a mommy makeover usually addresses more than one body area, it is important for a woman to work with a highly skilled and experienced surgeon. Practicing in Tampa, Florida, for more than 20 years, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Greenwald is renowned for his surgical skills and commitment to patient education. Dr. Greenwald’s personalized approach to patient care sets him apart as a surgeon, and many women turn to him for their mommy makeover procedures.
After having children, many women would like to return to their target body weight. Of course, diet and exercise can often help a woman achieve that goal without the need for surgery. However, these efforts may not sufficiently address all of the physical changes in her body that resulted from childbearing, such as:
- Loose skin – The weight fluctuations that go along with pregnancy can result in loose skin in the abdominal region. If a woman continues to lose weight after giving birth, that skin will only get progressively looser. One procedure that is often incorporated into a mommy makeover is a tummy tuck, which involves the surgical removal and tightening of lax skin.
- Muscle separation – A woman’s abdominal muscles can become separated over the course of a pregnancy, creating a permanent tummy bulge. While these muscles can be strengthened with exercise, there is no way to bring them back together without surgery.
- Breast changes – Some women find that their breasts appear deflated or begin to sag following pregnancy and breastfeeding, while others find that their breasts remain more enlarged than they would like. These changes can become more pronounced with multiple pregnancies or prolonged breastfeeding. A mommy makeover can include a breast lift, augmentation, or reduction, depending on a patient’s needs.
- Stubborn pockets of fat – Liposuction can be used to reshape and contour targeted areas of the body, such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, and back, by suctioning out small amounts of residual fat.
In addition to having one or more of these concerns, the best candidates for a mommy makeover are generally women who have finished breastfeeding, do not plan to have any more children, have achieved a stable body weight, are generally healthy, and exercise regularly.
At a surgery center in Tampa, FL, Dr. Greenwald performs a full range of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures that target the breasts, abdomen, hips, thighs, and other areas to help address unwanted changes to a woman’s body after birth. One important advantage of this type of combined surgical approach is that it may involve only one surgical session and one recovery period.
During a personal consultation, Dr. Greenwald works closely with each surgical candidate to discuss her concerns, review her options, and create a customized mommy makeover treatment plan to help achieve her aesthetic goals. To learn more, contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery at 888-840-3199.