A mommy makeover is a bespoke collection of surgical procedures to help women reclaim contours and confidence in their bodies after having a baby. Pregnancy comes with a variety of physiological changes – some that linger even after giving birth. During pregnancy, a woman’s maternal fat stores increase, hormone levels change, the digestive tract slows, and the expecting mother typically experiences a 25-35 pound increase in weight. While postnatal diet and exercise can help some women, many new mothers don’t have the hours or energy to focus on reclaiming their figure. Instead, expert surgeons like Dr. Gregory Albert have crafted a customizable set of procedures to specifically address each of the changes that occur during pregnancy. To find out more about any of the procedures involved, or to schedule a confidential consultation with our team to discuss candidacy for a Mommy Makeover in Boca Raton, please contact us or call (561)-771-6400.
- 1 Before and After Photos
- 2 The Post-Pregnancy Body
- 3 What Is A Mommy Makeover?
- 4 Breast Surgeries
- 5 Mid-Section Makeover
- 6 Candidates
- 7 Personal Consultation
- 8 Preparing For A Mommy Makeover
- 9 How Much Does A Mommy Makeover Cost in Boca Raton?
- 10 References
Before and After Photos
The Post-Pregnancy Body
Having a baby takes a considerable toll on your body as it undergoes some truly remarkable changes to successfully carry and deliver an infant. In addition to the inevitable stretching and growing of your stomach to accommodate your growing child, your breasts increase in size, as they become ready to feed the baby once born. Weight gain is completely natural, and many women do find that their hips, butt, and even thighs get larger while carrying their children.
Unfortunately, for most new moms, these changes don’t disappear overnight. While at first, your body will undoubtedly be far from your biggest priority, as time progresses you may become frustrated with issues such as excess weight, sagging skin, stretch marks, and deflated breasts. Diet and exercise may help improve some aspects of your physique, but it is uncommon for a woman to be able to obtain their pre-pregnancy body entirely. If you are unhappy with the way your body appears after childbirth and nursing, you will probably find it harms your confidence and self-esteem. Others suffer from social anxiety or revert to shapeless clothing to hide the parts of their body that they feel need addressing. Some studies suggest that postpartum depression is more common amongst women who haven’t been able to regain their pre-pregnancy shape. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way thanks to the creation of the Mommy Makeover.
What Is A Mommy Makeover?
Cosmetic surgery procedures have long been used by women to address certain aspects of their appearance, including the areas of their bodies affected by childbirth. However, rather than undergoing a range of separate surgeries to restore your appearance, it is now possible to combine several cosmetic procedures into one planned surgery – and more importantly for busy moms, one recovery period.
Each Mommy Makeover is unique in that you can choose which surgeries you would like to have included. For example, you may be perfectly happy with your breasts but would instead like to focus on improving your mid-section. That’s the beauty of a mommy makeover: it is expertly curated for you!
The breasts undergo some serious changes during pregnancy, expanding due to weight gain, accommodating to your milk supply, and then deflating again once you lose weight and stop nursing. This fluctuation in volume can leave you with loose, sagging, and excess skin in your breasts. To remedy this condition, Dr. Albert performs two breast surgeries to obtain desired volume and appearance in the breasts.
Mastopexy or a breast lift is a surgical procedure to sculpt and contour breasts that have lost volume and descended on the chest, due to excess tissue and loss of skin elasticity. With age and fluctuations in weight, the breasts sink lower on the chest, oftentimes sagging well below the inframammary crease line (the line where the breast meets the chest wall). For many women, this can cause the breasts to lose volume or desired projection. To begin a breast lift, Dr. Albert makes an incision at the base of the breast or around the areola. From here, he can carefully remove the excess tissue. Then, Dr. Albert lifts the breast tissue to a more desirable orientation on the chest. He sutures the incisions closed and ensures the breasts are even and appear as the patient desired.
After pregnancy, the breasts can lose their fullness. Or, other women didn’t have their ideal breast size even before having children and now wish to see breasts they can be satisfied with. For these women, Dr. Albert typically recommends breast augmentation surgery. Breast augmentation surgery uses silicone or saline implants, or in some cases natural fat transfer, to restore volume in the breasts. Breast augmentation can be perfectly performed in conjunction with a breast lift, which tightens the skin across and surrounding the breasts, so they sit higher, look perkier, appear more youthful, and produce more cleavage for an improved breast shape.
Typically, during the third trimester, the internal pressure from the fetus becomes too much for the abdominal muscles to handle. These vertical muscles are held together by a thick connective tissue called the linea alba. When the fetus grows to an unsustainable size for the midsection, the vertical abdominal walls separate horizontally from the linea alba, causing a condition known as diastasis recti. After childbirth, the muscles remain out of place, and the linea alba bunches up to form a common yet unsightly bulge in the mother’s midsection. No diet or exercise can treat this condition, and while some conditions heal over time, many mothers have diastasis recti permanently. In addition, many mothers are discouraged by stubborn, lingering belly fat. Luckily, these concerns can be effectively treated with either liposuction or a tummy tuck.
Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is the most requested of all cosmetic surgeries after childbirth. This popularity is because, unsurprisingly, the abdomen undergoes the most dramatic change of all, swelling and stretching far beyond normal to accommodate the growing baby. While you may find that you can lose inches from around your abdomen fairly quickly after pregnancy, sagging skin, loss of muscular tone, and stretch marks are three common issues. In some cases, belly button hernias develop and deform the abdomen’s contours. A tummy tuck focuses on tightening the underlying abdominal muscles as well as the skin that covers your midsection. The diastasis recti are corrected with sutures that bring the muscles back into their organic alignment. Next, Dr. Alber pulls the loose skin tight, removes the overhanging tissue, and ensures the abdomen looks much flatter and smoother with a more defined shape. Your entire midsection can be carefully sculpted with Dr. Albert’s tummy tuck approach, allowing you to enjoy your favorite bikini again.
No matter what you eat or how much you exercise, you will almost certainly have stubborn pockets of fat that linger around your midsection. These trouble spots are incredibly frustrating, particularly when they tend to exist in certain areas such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks. Liposuction is the only guaranteed way of removing these, aspirating out the excess fat, and helping you to achieve a smoother, more toned body. Not all liposuction techniques are the same. Depending on the area being treated, ultrasonic liposuction and power-assisted liposuction will be performed to get an optimal result. High-definition liposuction techniques can be utilized to give you extra definition and truly exceptional results.
For those interested in learning more about their unique mommy makeover approach, we invite you to schedule a consultation at our Boca Raton offices. Here, we will be able to learn about your cosmetic concerns and discern if you are a qualified candidate.
Qualified Candidates for a Mommy Makeover Are:
If this is your first time with us, we will begin your consultation with a brief new patient intake interview and physical examination. This will help us see if you are a prime candidate for a mommy makeover procedure. Next, Dr. Albert will examine your cosmetic concerns and learn about your desired appearance. He will explain which procedures will be best to help you look and feel your best. Dr. Albert will construct a personalized treatment plan to address each of your cosmetic concerns. Finally, before you leave our care we will give you a list of preparatory steps to follow in the interim.
Preparing For A Mommy Makeover
To prepare for your mommy makeover, it is essential that you:
How Much Does A Mommy Makeover Cost in Boca Raton?
The cost of your mommy makeover will depend on what procedures Dr. Albert includes in your treatment plan. We will determine the unique cost of your surgery during your consultation. For those interested in staying up-to-date on all things in the aesthetics field, please check out our blog! To reach our friendly front office staff directly, please call (561) 495-2700.
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