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Mommy Makeover

126242367Mommy Makeover may result in many types of life changes for a small investment when compared to the benefits. You may have thought about diet and exercise.  Perhaps, you’ve already witnessed firsthand the benefits of advanced exercise routines, such as offered by WII Fit games. You may have identified ways to optimize your hormone levels for healthier living. You may have taken charge of your skin with medical grade skincare, anti-aging make up and the like. Now, perhaps, it’s time to calendar in the ways to enhance your life through aesthetic Mommy Makeover procedures.   In fact, a calendar approach is extremely important for mothers who are faced with so many daily tasks to take care of for their children. As Dr. Daniel Man, A.B.P.S. board certified plastic surgeon of Boca Raton, Florida explains, “When Mommies can give themselves a single day to be attentive for rejuvenation of their face and body, it’s a time of celebration to diminish visible signs of aging and the imperfections resulting from childbirth.” So, a closer glance at the opportunities to enhance life during motherhood may give you some great ideas to leverage a boost for your confidence and to enhance your self-image …

Facial Enhancements

Facial enhancements are popular for mothers. Your pregnancy glow may have faded following delivery. This is because your body generated up to 50% more blood and enhanced blood circulation during pregnancy. This combination makes the face appear more radiant. Increased hormone production during pregnancy can make the face shiny as well. The loss of the pregnancy glow following childbirth may be enough to trigger justifiable thoughts of facial enhancements. So, let’s consider the following.

Skin Quality Refinement: Facials and Skin Rejuvenation

The splash of an organic facial can be quite refreshing. Yet, the benefits of routine facials extend much farther for mothers. Routine facials offer advanced skin exfoliation, renewable detoxification and regular black and whitehead extractions. Vitamin C, oxygen or collagen facials that help postpone aging signs can also be helpful.  It’s best to calendar in this facial enhancement each month or quarter, depending upon your skin quality.

A blast of microdermabrasion each month (or less often when prescribed) helps prevent the skin rejuvenation process from slowing down. Alternatively, you may consider a chemical peel, photo facial or laser therapy to help maintain youthfulness, create more youthfulness and facial brightness. These  alternatives are more aggressive, but still wonderful approaches for the treatment of rough, dull, dry skin, sun damage, skin discoloration, fine lines and age spots. In fact, some of these treatments offer a boost in collagen production for mid thirty to forty plus mothers.Collagen is the building block that prevents facial sagginess. Thus, such procedures support skin firmness.  Chemical peels or photo facials procedures do not usually require significant down time for mothers. Photo facials are also available for spider veins and broken blood vessels on the face which sometimes become visible during pregnancy. For more severe aging signs, laser therapy may involve downtime and several sessions may be required to achieve a highly satisfactory result.

Wrinkle Fixers: Injectables and Facial Fillers

Injectables and facial fillers may prevent and significantly smooths wrinkles on the forehead, between the brows, the nose to mouth area and crow’s feet. Depending upon the type, injectable and facial filler results last for four months or much more. Results may be more everlasting with follow up sessions for graceful aging.  For late stage mothers, the mini face lift, variations thereof and the mini neck lift may be appropriate for you. These treatments have the appeal of a week or less recovery time, insignificant discomfort and results for up to five years to come.

Well-Being Plans

A simple well-being plan might be to focus on stimulation for your muscles, skin tissue layers, ligaments, tendons, joints, lymphatic system and organs. This may be accomplished through massage therapy, Yoga and/or Tia Chi. Add to this regular manicures, pedicures and paraffin wax treatments, you’ll be certain to feel uplifted through these therapies. In fact, mothers often experience renewed strength for motherly duties following these types of treatments.

Body Uplifts

Every mother may be able to use a body uplift. Whether suffering from no downtime to spoil yourself, or the desire to enhance your  appearance after childbirth, it can be worthwhile to consider body uplifts for mothers. This may be especially true when more than one plastic surgery procedure may be performed safely together-  meaning one surgery, one recovery, and one fee in certain situations. Your plastic surgeon will be able to inform you if and what procedures may be performed simultaneously. During a consultation with a plastic surgeon, you’ll learn about the benefits, risks and alternatives to plastic surgery, including the qualification that you maintain a proper diet and exercise routine. Here’s a quick overview of some of the most highly requested Mommy Makeover procedures.

Plastic Surgery Perks


Liposuction is very popular for mothers that wish to improve body bulges difficult to lose after childbirth. Designed to remove small pockets of fat t, liposuction offers quick relief from stubborn fat areas in the stomach, back, hips, and thighs- common areas for mothers. To take care of excess fat once and for all,  treat yourself to liposuction for benefits that will be visible in a relatively short time period. As Tony Youn, A.B.P.S. board certified plastic surgeon of Troy Michigan adds,  As Tony Youn, A.B.P.S. board certified plastic surgeon of Troy Michigan adds, ” It is important to note that stretched skin from babies will not retract with liposuction. On the other hand, the tummy tuck will treat loose, excess skin. In essence, there is no substitute for a tummy tuck in the treatment for stretched skin.” Coolsculpting is a more recent non-invasive approach that is safe and speedy for those who qualify. There is no recovery period. Coolsculpting targets fat cells under your skin, freezing away your fat for those who qualify. Coolsculpting targets your  problem areas without using knives and needles. Minimally invasive options for the arms, body and neck are Smartlipo and Smartlipo Triplex technology. These approaches involve laser-assisted technology.   Smartlipo Triplex’s laser has three fibers that are long/medium and short with three wavelengths for skin tightening by up to 20%! Smartlipo has two fibers and may be the more appropriate approach for some moms. 

Mini Tummy Tuck, Traditional Tummy Tuck and Avelar Tummy Tuck

Mothers commonly request the mini tummy tuck and traditional tummy tuck procedures, as well as, the newer Avelar Tummy Tuck. Since abdominal muscles become lax following pregnancy, the tummy tuck offers a means to tighten lax muscles and treats a protruding abdomen. The tummy tuck corrects separated muscles that often occur during pregnancy which cannot be improved otherwise. The procedure also allows for excess skin to be trimmed- a common concern among moms. Recovery from the mini tummy tuck may take up to a week and up to six weeks for the traditional tummy tuck, depending upon the extent of the procedure and the individual’s healing process. As Dr.  Zaki S. Ftaiha of Pittsburgh PA cautions, “If you are thinking about a Tummy Tuck, evaluate the type of problems you have and how bothersome it is for you. Diet and exercise is the first approach, while the Tummy Tuck is a last resort as it is real surgery.  In addition, it’s important to note that stretch marks occur when weight is gained quickly. The Tummy Tuck may remove stretch marks on the lower abdomen only when the skin that has the stretch marks is removed and tightened.” 

Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift

Breast augmentation and breast lift are two other procedures that are very common for moms. Often performed following breast feeding, breast augmentation and/or the breast lift often allow mothers to booster their self image and self esteem. Breasts may appear smaller and saggy following pregnancy. This is because breast milk glands swell and replace fatty tissue during pregnancy.  After childbirth, milk glands shrink and create the appearance of sagginess, smallness, and excess skin that is resistant to exercise. The breast lift is designed to remove excess skin, reposition existing breast tissue and improve breast sagginess. The breast augmentation procedure increases breast size with the use of breast implants. Both procedures do not usually require more than a week’s recovery time. The procedures may be performed in one treatment session, but select plastic surgeons prefer to stage the procedures in two sessions for an optimal outcome.

Vaginal Rejuvenation

Vaginal Rejuvenation is one of the latest requests among women. During vaginal delivery, the labia  may be stretched, tear or otherwise appear damaged. This may make wearing underwear and bathing suits uncomfortable. This may also affect intimacy for mothers. The vaginal rejuvenation procedure is appealing for these reasons. Recovery us usually a week. Yet, women who have vaginal rejuvenation may be required to refrain for exercise, sex and the use of a jacuzzi for up to six weeks. As Dr. Nathan Leigh, board certified plastic surgeon of Edina Plastic surgery, in Edina Minnesota explains, “As more women have become interested in vaginal rejuvenation to trim the labia minora for functional and aesthetic reasons, it;s important to note that there are a few techniques available, depending upon your condition. Ideal plastic surgeons are perfectionists. This is vital as women certainly do not want a poorly placed or constricting scar in this location. In addition,  over excision may prevent needed protection for the vaginal opening that is naturally offered by the labia minora.”  

Smartlipo Triplex with Cellulaze to Reduce Cellulite

Smartlipo Triplex is the only FDA approved device for cellulite reduction. The technology uses 3 wavelengths of laser light and can be used to remove excess fat, tighten skin, and reduce cellulite on the arms, chest, abdomen, waist, back hips, buttocks, inner thighs, outer thighs, and knees. Smartlipo Triplex is performed under local anesthesia. You can go home the same day as your procedure, return to normal activity in two weeks and start to see your results in 6-12 months.

Laser Therapy for Spider Veins

You may wish to consider laser therapy for visible spider veins that may surface during pregnancy.   The laser works by heating the inside of the vein to seal the vein and diminish its appearance above the skin. This procedure is not associated with discomfort or a recovery time period.     

The In Office Advantage

Select procedures may be performed in office or what is known as an office based surgical facility. When performed in a fully accredited facility by an accomplished board certified plastic surgeon, select procedures may be performed under local anesthesia and oral sedation. These advantages translate into safe plastic surgery that is made as simple as possible with the right plastic surgeon. If a mother requires an IV or General Anesthesia, then the procedure may be performed in a hospital operating room.

The Final Summation

During a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon, you’ll learn about the benefits, risks  and alternatives to Mommy Makeover procedures. As Newark, Delaware Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lawrence D. Chang adds, “It’s all about informing the patient! Your plastic surgeon must listen to all of your concerns, evaluate your body, skin, health history, and overall health.   In essence, a fully comprehensive evaluation is required to identify candidacy for Mommy Makeover procedures. For the right candidates and the right plastic surgeon, the results may be excellent. I’ve seen Moms’ bodies get back to the shape the body had before they had children, sometimes even better.”   As you can tell, there are many ways to enhance your life through aesthetic medical care. Two of the best parts about developing your own calendar and treatment plan is that the therapies profiled here may require little downtime and provide many benefits when compared to the investment. Whether you’ve been thinking about a boost in your self confidence, an uplift for your well being, or an enhancement in your appearance, there are many ways to treat yourself to something special, while still considering your family as the top priority. In the end, you family might enjoy the “New You” as much as you do! It’s also important to note that high quality of life with a healthy lifestyle is important to maintain for a true “New You”. As Dr. Gus Galante, A.B.P.S. board certified plastic surgeon of Northwest Indiana, adds, “Mothers often say to me that once they have the time, they deserve to take care of themselves. Plastic surgery can be a refreshing change that is one piece in the puzzle for a renewed lifestyle. Plastic surgeons are physicians first. We are concerned that all factors directing a healthy lifestyle are addressed including: a proper diet, an exercise routine, wearing sun block, as well as, incorporating other best practices for a healthy life, with the goal to live not only longer, but better.”

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