The Mommy Makeover: When Diet and Exercise Isn’t Enough

Babies change everything...

When we say everything we mean, yes, everything. There is no doubt that being a mother is one life’s greatest joys. Having a baby changes our world for the better, but sometimes, our bodies for the worse. With each pregnancy, our bodies change tremendously. To care for our precious growing babies our bodies learn how to store fat more abundantly and efficiently. While amazing, this often leaves skin stretched after childbirth. The baby can also shift and separate the muscles of your abdominal core making all the crunches in the world, sometimes still impossible to get rid of your belly bulge. In addition to an increase in fat storage, our bodies hormonal change increase the size and volume of our breasts. Even after pregnancy and breastfeeding over, your breasts will continue to change. “After you give birth and stop breastfeeding that can leave your breasts looking not only saggy, as most women expect, but smaller as well? Hope Ricciotti, MD, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Harvard Medical School and a practicing obstetrician at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston says. Ricciotti added, “The more children you have, the more your breasts tend to sag?

So, what do we do?

Well, don’t worry. There are actions you can take to get your body back. First, diet and exercise is a great, healthy start. This can be a good way to get you to look and feel better than you have in months. However, sometimes, no matter how much diet and exercise you do, it is impossible to get back to that pre-baby body. That’s when you might consider the mommy makeover. It’s the procedure made for mothers post childbirth, and an opportunity to finally do something for yourself.

What is a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover is a combination of different plastic surgery procedures to address post-pregnancy changes to our breasts and bodies. In most cases it involves liposuction a breast lift (with or without breast augmentation) and a tummy tuck. This will help remove extra skin, tighten the core, and lift your breasts. Throughout the whole process you will be able to communicate to your doctor how you would like your body and breasts to look and which surgeries you feel are necessary.

When is the best time to get a Mommy Makeover?

Pregnancy and childbirth puts immense stress on your body, so it’s important to give yourself a proper amount of time to recover. Generally the rule is a minimum of six months after childbirth, or six months after breastfeeding, to allow the uterus and breasts to shrink and heal on their own. Emotional readiness for you and child is another important factor to consider. Diet and exercise are also good first steps to take to work towards your pre-baby body to ensure the most long-lasting results. So once you feel you have hit your optimal weight loss. It might be the perfect time to consider a mommy makeover. You will be in great hands with Dr. Michael Cash. Click the link below to see before/after pictures and learn more.

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