After childbirth, many women have trouble achieving their pre-baby bodies. Their breasts, stomach, vaginal area, and buttocks might no longer feel as firm as before, and there might be stubborn pockets of fat. Dustin C. Derric, MD, the lead plastic surgeon at Cosmetic Surgery of DFW in Fort Worth, TX, offers the mommy makeover to anyone looking to regain their smooth and beautiful shape.
How Long Does a Mommy Makeover Last?
The post-pregnancy makeover is tailored to each patient’s needs, so the timeline varies. Most women are at the clinic for two to six hours, and they have to spend several days resting at home after their treatment. Because many of the methods involve surgery and the removal of tissue from the body, the results are almost instantaneous.
As soon as the patient has recovered, they will notice that their body looks different. They might have larger breasts, a flatter stomach, and pert buttocks. These results can last for 10-20 years, but only if the woman doesn’t gain a lot of weight or get pregnant again. After a decade or two, the body’s appearance will change due to the natural aging process, so additional treatments might become necessary.
Keeping Your Results Fresh
It’s important to consider whether your family is complete before you contact us about the post-pregnancy makeover. If you have another baby after treatment, your body shape will change, and you might have to have another operation. The same is true if you gain or lose a lot of weight. We’ll check that you’ve achieved or are close to your target weight before starting treatment since large fluctuations will affect your results.
The candidates with the best outcomes take excellent care of their bodies after their makeover. They eat a healthy diet that provides them with vital nutrients, exercise regularly to keep their muscles in good shape, and get plenty of sleep. Excess stress causes premature aging, so the most successful patients keep their schedules manageable and practice relaxation techniques. They also limit their exposure to direct sunlight to keep their skin healthy.
What Treatments Are Part of the Makeover?
Every post-pregnancy makeover is tailored to the individual patient. When you come to the clinic, we’ll start by discussing your health history, past treatments, cosmetic concerns, and goals to figure out which combination of surgeries and noninvasive treatment methods is best. Because many women’s breasts change after having children, a breast lift or augmentation is almost always included.
Patients might also get liposuction or fat grafting to change the shape of certain areas like the breasts, stomach, thighs, and buttocks. The Brazilian butt lift is ideal for people who want to augment their buttocks. If a woman is worried about the shape of her labia, the above-named treatments might be combined with labiaplasty.
The Breast Lift
This is one of the most sought-after treatments after pregnancy because the shape and size of the breasts often changes drastically. This is both due to breastfeeding and because the breasts get fuller and heavier, so the ligaments stretch. Women might experience sagging, and the nipples might point downward instead of straight ahead. Sometimes, one breast hangs lower than the other.
During a breast lift, the surgeon re-shapes the tissue, removes extra fat and skin, and changes the location of the nipples. The procedure usually takes two to three hours, but you’ll be able to go home on the same day.
The Breast Augmentation
Women with small chests are often pleased by the changes that take place during pregnancy because their breasts become bigger and plumper while they are breastfeeding. Unfortunately, this change isn’t permanent, and most women’s breasts return to their original size. This can cause a loss of confidence. Dr. Dustin C. Derric, MD can help by performing a breast augmentation.
There are several ways of increasing a patient’s chest size. During the initial consultation, you’ll discuss whether you’d prefer a fat transfer or implants. If you’ve chosen implants, they might be placed directly behind the breast or behind your chest muscles. Usually, the results of a breast augmentation last for a decade or two, but it depends on the chosen treatment method.
The average woman gains 22 to 28 lbs during pregnancy. While most of this weight disappears once the baby is born, some stubborn pockets of fat might remain, even if the patient pays attention to their diet and exercises regularly. Liposuction is a great solution because it removes excess tissue and therefore allows the woman to regain her smooth stomach, hips, thighs, and buttocks.
This mommy makeover treatment isn’t designed as a weight loss measure. Only around five pounds of fat can be removed at a time. You’ll be eligible if you’re close to your target weight, and you aren’t happy with your body shape, even though you’re leading a healthy lifestyle. Liposuction might take one to three hours. Because fat cells don’t grow back in adults, the results are considered permanent.
A fat transfer involves extracting fat from one area of the body, processing it, and injecting it into another area to improve the patient’s appearance. This treatment is ideal for people who have stubborn pockets of fat in some areas and would like to augment other body parts.
Fat is often added to the face, breasts, butt, or hips. A simple fat grafting treatment might only take an hour or two, but transferring large amounts of tissue might require several appointments. Patients can expect permanent results, but only if they maintain their body shape.
Labiaplasty is a type of surgery designed to reduce the shape of the labia minora, the skin flap on either side of the vagina. It’s performed on women who have a large labia minora that protrudes past the labia majora. Often, this is a cosmetic concern because patients are self-conscious when being intimate with their partners, but large labia minora can also cause chafing, problems with hygiene, and urinary tract infections.
After childbirth, you might be more susceptible to these issues, or you might simply want to enhance the appearance of your vagina and therefore give your sex life a boost. Labiaplasty takes about one or two hours, and it involves cutting away some of the unwanted tissue and re-shaping the labia minora. The results are permanent because the cells of the vulva can’t grow back once they’ve been removed.
The Brazilian Butt Lift
The Brazilian butt lift is a type of fat transfer that involves taking tissue from the patient’s hips, stomach, or thighs and injecting it into the buttocks to make them appear bigger and rounder. Many patients opt for this procedure because it allows them to lose excess tissue in other areas of the body and improve the shape of their buttocks at the same time.
The butt lift takes three to four hours because a lot of tissue is transferred. Patients will experience permanent results if they take good care of their bodies after the surgery. However, they might need more treatment after a decade or two because the butt lift doesn’t stop the natural aging process.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Women whose family is complete and who have achieved their target weight are good candidates for the post-pregnancy makeover. Because the treatment is customizable, it’s suitable for people with a wide variety of cosmetic concerns. Some patients might only need one or two of the above-named cosmetic procedures, but others might want to combine three or four.
Before allowing you to take part, we’ll have a close look at your health history to make sure you don’t have any medical conditions that could make plastic surgery dangerous for you. You might not be a good candidate if you have a serious medical condition, you’re currently in treatment, or you are at risk of serious heart disease.
The first step is to contact us and book your initial session. Bring as much information about your medical background, allergies, and past treatments as possible. The more we know about you, the easier it is for us to design your treatment plan.
Regain Your Pre-Baby Body Now
There are several highly effective treatments for women who would like to regain their slim body shape after having children. Reach out to us at Cosmetic Surgery of DFW in Fort Worth, TX to find out more about the surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic treatments we offer. If you have questions about the mommy makeover or would like to book a consultation with Dustin C. Derric, MD, call us at (817) 562-7979.