Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can change a woman’s body in drastic ways. The breasts and belly stretch to accommodate a baby’s needs, and it is often very difficult or impossible for women to regain their pre-pregnancy figure. A mother’s stomach can be left with loose, hanging skin, which cannot be resolved through diet and exercise. The breasts have a tendency to appear deflated or saggy after months and months of nursing. Some women also develop areas of stubborn fat in different locations on their bodies. Whether you want breast implants in Lubbock, a tummy procedure, or liposuction, Dr. Jane Rowley has the experience and skill to give you the results you want. Mommy makeovers are all unique, but they help women look and feel like themselves again after going through these dramatic changes.
If you are past your childbearing years and find yourself avoiding mirrors or feeling dissatisfied with your body, a mommy makeover may be right for you. “Mommy makeover” is a popular phrase used to describe the surgical work to correct the common physical changes that can occur during and following a pregnancy. Most often this includes procedures for your breasts and abdomen to lift, tighten, and tuck where needed. The overall goal for patients seeking a mommy makeover is to rejuvenate areas that were hit hard by the tolls of pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding.
Whether you realize it or not, you probably already know someone who has had a mommy makeover. Combining plastic surgeries to correct cosmetic problems caused by having children isn’t a new idea. The latest generation of mothers having the procedures done may just be more open to talking about it – making the whole concept of plastic surgery less taboo. By posting on social media, women are sharing their cosmetic journeys and helping each other become more familiar with the benefits of plastic surgery. They understand that the goals of cosmetic surgery are less about vanity and more about building self-confidence.
Don’t Need Breast Implants? Lubbock Has Other Options
Mothers rarely make it past pregnancy and breastfeeding without significant changes to their breasts. Women who once were happy with their breasts are left with nothing but flaps of skin. Other women find their breasts to be a source of discomfort as they have increased in size. Whatever effect motherhood has had on your breasts, there are several options that can be combined in different ways to meet your specific needs.
After nursing for months or even years, breasts can look deflated, saggy, and begin to point downward. A mommy makeover with a breast lift, or mastopexy, can remove excess skin, shift the location of the nipple, and reduce the size of the areola. The breasts are “lifted” to a better shape and position to allow the breasts to sit higher and to provide more outward projection. A breast lift is for women who are bothered by the amount of sagging in their breasts that cannot be resolved with the addition of breast implants. In Lubbock, the procedure is rejuvenating and makes women appear more youthful, but it does not increase the size of their breasts.
By adding a breast lift to your mommy makeover surgery, you will be able to address the sagging in your breasts at the same time as the other procedures you select. Your breasts will take up to four to six weeks to heal completely. Most patients need to take five to ten days off work during their initial recovery period, but you may need to give yourself more time if you plan on having another procedure such as a tummy tuck.
Women who experience a significant loss of breast volume after nursing may find breast implants in Lubbock to be the best option to increase breast size. This procedure comes with many options to customize your outcome. Whether you want to achieve a natural enhancement or a more dramatic change, your surgeon can help guide your choices to give you the look you want. Breast implants come in many sizes, types, and profiles. Silicone gel breast implants are the most popular choice for breast enlargement patients today, but some women opt for saline implants and love their results. Low, moderate, and high profile implants are available to further the personalization of your enhancement.
Implants can be paired with a breast lift if the breasts droop or sag significantly. Let your plastic surgeon guide you as you choose an implant size; implants that are too large can weigh the breasts down and work against your breast lift procedure. When a patient undergoes mastopexy with the addition of correctly sized breast implants in Lubbock, the result is a perkier, fuller bust with an added boost of confidence.
Women’s breasts react to pregnancy, hormones, and nursing in different ways. While some may get smaller or begin to appear deflated, others can actually become larger.
Bigger breasts may seem like a dream come true, but many women with very large breasts suffer from discomfort or even chronic pain. The heaviness of their chest pulls on their neck, back, and shoulder muscles, making everyday activities difficult and uncomfortable. Even the most expensive bras struggle to support some large breasts. It is common for bra straps to create redness and grooves in women’s shoulders as they dig into the skin under the weight of the breasts. These women also suffer from skin irritation under their breasts and can even experience rashes or infection. If you have uncomfortably large breasts, you can have a mommy makeover without breast implants in Lubbock. You can resolve all of these issues with a breast reduction.
To reduce the size of your breasts, your plastic surgeon will make incisions through which excess breast tissue and skin will be removed. Dr. Rowley always includes a lift during her breast reduction procedures, giving her patients the most out of their surgical experience. Large, elongated, and even pendulous breasts can be made into a smaller, more manageable size. Women who have breast reduction are some of plastic surgery’s happiest patients because of the immense relief they feel after the procedure. Your mommy makeover may include a breast reduction to return to a more comfortable size and shape.
Procedures for the Body
Many of the changes that occur to women’s bodies as they bear children heal over time, but some do not. Bellies that have stretched and muscles that have been separated to fit another human often will not shrink back to pre pregnancy size on their own. Whether or not you choose breast implants in Lubbock as part of your mommy makeover, you have the option of including a body contouring procedure as well. You may want to consider whether the following procedures could make a difference for you on your personal road to recovery.
When you get the green light from your doctor after childbirth, getting back to your normal workout routine can feel so invigorating. Setting goals and working off the baby weight will do wonders for your health, but it can be frustrating when those efforts don’t do anything for fatty trouble spots on your body. The older women get and the more pregnancies they have, the more likely they are to develop these areas of stubborn fat deposits. Many women even reach their goal of getting back to their pre-baby weight, but still don’t love what they see in the mirror.
Liposuction gives you a shapely body contour by targeting those areas and suctioning out the fat that diet and exercise can’t touch. It is not a weight loss procedure, but it can help you smooth out those areas that are hard to target at the gym. Patients can opt to have one or multiple locations treated with liposuction. If you have just a small area of excess fat, you may be able to receive liposuction with a local anesthetic. Patients with larger or multiple areas of fat will need to undergo general anesthesia, especially if they are combining liposuction with breast implants in Lubbock.
Women who’ve had children seek this procedure when they have excess skin on their abdomen. Jogging, sit-ups, planks, and pilates can all help you lose weight and strengthen your core, but none of these exercises will get rid of stretched out skin. A tummy tuck helps flatten the tummy by getting rid of loose, hanging belly skin and excess fat. Not only does loose skin become a problem for women who have had children, but the abdominal muscles are often affected as well. Core muscles that become separated and weak during pregnancy are tightened during a tummy tuck, which improves posture and lower back pain. The procedure also corrects diastasis recti and can even ease symptoms of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) by removing pressure from the bladder.
Pregnancy affects each woman in unique ways, which means some women may have more excess belly skin than others. A tummy tuck can be customized to fit the needs of any mother who wants her stretched out skin to be firm and flat again. Consider which of these three approaches to abdominoplasty might best help you reach your goals.
- Mini-Tummy Tuck: Although its name might sound cute, a mini-tummy tuck is still an invasive plastic surgery. The procedure is “mini” in nature because it addresses the muscles and excess skin in the lower abdomen only. The belly button is typically left intact. The incision can be shorter for a mini-tummy tuck, which results in less scarring than a traditional abdominoplasty procedure. This method is for patients whose loose skin is limited to the area beneath the navel.
- Standard Tummy Tuck: A standard abdominoplasty removes excess skin and repairs the muscles of the full abdomen. During this procedure, the belly button is moved to a new location and stretch marks are removed. The incision can reach horizontally from hip to hip, but is easily hidden under swimwear.
- Extended Tummy Tuck: This procedure is much like the traditional version, except that the incision is elongated to run past the hips. With a longer incision, your plastic surgeon can remove even more excess skin and fat. An extended tummy tuck is generally the best option for patients who have lost drastic amounts of weight, but can be used for mommy makeovers with breast implants in Lubbock as well.
No matter which type of tummy tuck you select, the result will be a flatter, firmer-looking tummy and a slimmer, more confident mommy.
Expected Recovery Time
The more procedures you include in your mommy makeover, the more dramatic the changes will be to your body. With each added procedure there will be added recovery time as well as added risks. If they are just getting breast implants, Lubbock women will have a shorter recovery period than those who opt for multiple surgeries. Every patient handles pain and healing differently. The average recovery time for a mommy makeover is three to four weeks. You will need to have help with family responsibilities and household jobs while you recover from your surgery. The longer you can give your body to recover, the better your healing will go. Watch the video below to learn more about what you can expect from a mommy makeover with Dr. Jane Rowley.
The New You
When you are finished having children and want to give some attention to your personal appearance, a mommy makeover in Lubbock can help. You don’t have to live with saggy breasts, hanging belly skin, stretch marks, or stubborn fat on your hips. A mommy makeover can help you get back to feeling and looking your best. With any plastic surgery procedure, it is important to consult with your doctor and discuss your expectations, learn as much as you can about what will happen during and after the surgery, and have a post-surgery plan figured out. For everything from liposuction to breast implants, Lubbock trusts Dr. Jane Rowley because she has the experience and the skills to achieve each of her patients’ unique goals. Come in today to meet her caring staff and schedule your consultation appointment.