We all know that having a baby is a life-changing experience. Suddenly, you have a helpless, little human to care for and raise. It’s important, however, to make sure you take some time to care for yourself. Pregnancy and child birth affect your body in many ways. After having their last child, many women choose to undergo cosmetic procedures to reverse the effects that having children had on their bodies. Below, you can learn more about how having children can affect your appearance and what cosmetic procedures can help to restore your pre-baby body.
Your Breasts Change
During pregnancy, women’s breasts get bigger. After giving birth, however, your breasts may return to their original size or may end up smaller than they were before your pregnancy. In some cases, your breasts may even maintain their larger size. There is no way to know how your breasts will change until you have a child. In addition to changes in size, pregnancy and breast feeding may cause your breasts to sit lower on your chest.
The ideal time to undergo a cosmetic procedure to rejuvenate your breasts is after you have had your last child and finished breastfeeding. The specific procedures that are right for you will depend on the particular changes your body went through during and after your pregnancy. Generally, however, mothers can benefit from breast augmentation to restore the breast tissue they lost during pregnancy, breast lifts to restore the position of their breasts, or breast reductions to both lift and reduce their breast volume.
Your Abdomen Expands
Carrying a growing baby around for nine months causes your abdomen to expand significantly. After giving birth, some of this expansion will contract naturally. Many women, however, find that their stomachs never return to their pre-baby appearance.
It’s natural for your stomach to take some time to return to it’s pre-baby appearance. Living a healthy lifestyle can sometimes help speed up this process. If, however, time, exercise, and diet aren’t achieving the results you’re looking for, a tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck may be a great choice for you. Your Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon can help you to determine whether a full tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck will best help you achieve the flatter stomach you desire.
You Gain Weight
Gaining weight is an essential part of a healthy pregnancy. This weight gives your growing baby the nutrients he or she needs to grow strong. After giving birth, however, this weight doesn’t just fall off the way we might wish it would. Instead, it usually requires time, exercise, and diet to return to your pre-baby weight.
For many women, however, a healthy lifestyle simply isn’t enough to completely rid their bodies of areas of stubborn baby fat. If that’s the case for you, liposuction, Smartlipo™, or VASERliposelection® could help you rid of that stubborn baby fat you just can’t seem to lose. During your consultation, you’ll learn about each of these body contouring procedures and have the opportunity to determine, in partnership with your Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, which is best for you.
At CAPS, we understand that your kids keep you busy and on your feet. Taking the time to care for yourself, however, can help you to be a happier, more confident woman and mother. By choosing one, or a few, of the mommy makeover procedures outlined above, you can begin to look better, feel better, and live better. If you’re ready to take the first step toward restoring your pre-baby body, schedule your consultation today!
John Wakelin, MD, FACS
Columbus Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery