We all know that pregnancy can cause many changes to the body. Not only does the abdomen have to stretch to accommodate the growing child, but breasts also enlarge to help provide milk for the baby. While the skin and tissues generally do contract to varying degrees after the child is born, in many cases women may require a little extra help to get their bodies back into their pre-pregnancy shape. This is the reason the mommy makeover was invented. Originally conceived as a combination body contouring procedure incorporating a breast lift or reduction, a tummy tuck, and liposuction to smooth out the curves, the mommy makeover has rapidly grown to become one of the most popular trends in cosmetic plastic surgery. However, as plastic surgery techniques have advanced, many women have found that a single mommy makeover procedure can often do even more than originally intended. Every woman is different, and not all combinations may be right in all circumstances, but there are several lesser known plastic surgery procedures that can be effectively incorporated into a mommy makeover in order to achieve highly customized and natural looking results.
Motherhood is often accompanied by increased stress and anxiety, which, when combined with age, may manifest as facial lines and wrinkles. Facial plastic surgery procedures like facelifts, brow lifts, and neck lifts can often help alleviate these signs of facial aging, and temporary relief can also be achieved with numerous non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments like Botox®, injectable facial fillers, and chemical peels or laser skin resurfacing.
Spider Vein Treatment
Elevated hormone levels and increased blood volume during pregnancy can sometimes cause the appearance of spider veins, or branches of dark colored veins just under the skin’s surface. Spider veins commonly appear on the legs and ankles, but may also appear on the face as red lines around the nose, mouth, and cheeks. Sclerotherapy and laser vein removal treatments can help minimize the appearance of spider veins and leave behind a beautifully unblemished complexion.
Arm Lifts and Thigh Lifts
As we get older, gravity has an increasingly detrimental effect on the skin, muscles, and other tissues, causing them to sag and droop. This can be particularly noticeable in the thighs and upper arms, where sagging skin can be unsightly and difficult to restore. Plastic surgery procedures like arm lifts and thigh lifts remove excess, sagging skin and fat deposits while tightening underlying tissue to restore a fitter, firmer look to the upper or lower body.
Brazilian Butt Lift
Many women find, after pregnancy, that the overall contours of their bodies have changed and that age, weight fluctuations, or heredity have left them with a less-than-ideal posterior. A Brazilian Butt Lift takes fat removed from other areas of the body via liposuction, purifies it, and then re-injects it into the buttocks to enhance volume and give the entire area a more aesthetically pleasing contour.
Combination plastic surgery procedures like the mommy makeover can give patients a whole new menu of options for addressing a variety of different areas of concern. If you are interested in learning more about how you might benefit from any of the various body contouring procedures we offer, please contact Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. at one of our Atlanta, Alpharetta, Cumming, or Newnan offices to schedule a consultation. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news.