Brittany, a 36-year-old mother of two and a resident of Charleston, underwent a Mommy Makeover at Crantford | Costa Plastic Surgery to regain her confidence and physical appearance. This is her story.Read Now
Motherhood changes everything, including your body. You can’t imagine your life without your kids, but you could do without the stretch marks, scars and sagging breasts they’ve left you with. Many women experience these and other problems after having children, but diet and exercise alone can’t undo the effects of pregnancy. If you’re struggling to reclaim your fit, youthful contours even years after giving birth, then a mommy makeover at Crantford | Costa Plastic Surgery in Charleston, South Carolina may be the solution you’ve been looking for.
It’s no secret that pregnancy and childbirth transform a woman’s body. The breasts may grow larger and sag, the abdominal muscles can weaken and separate, and the vagina may tear during delivery. Unwanted fat can also settle on the hips, thighs or stomach that’s difficult to get rid of. Even after giving birth, the body will continue to respond to hormonal changes and breastfeeding, further impacting the way you look. Although these changes are natural, they’re often permanent and aren’t affected by diet or exercise, which makes it difficult to reclaim your pre-pregnancy shape.
These changes can be addressed with surgery, however, in a procedure that has been dubbed the mommy makeover. Because each woman’s body responds to pregnancy differently, a mommy makeover isn’t a standardized procedure for reversing the impact of carrying a child — it’s a highly customized experience tailored to your unique needs. The techniques used are designed to address the specific issues that mothers deal with after pregnancy, but the exact surgical plan varies with each patient. You might be more concerned about the appearance of your breasts or a widening of the hips after giving birth, while another woman may want a flatter stomach — our doctors will develop a unique approach based on your priorities to ensure your goals are met.
Your mommy makeover package will be customized to deliver your desired outcome, but it typically combines multiple operations into one. Compared to having each procedure done separately, this reduces the amount of time you’ll spend in surgery and allows for a single recovery period, so you can get back to your busy life more quickly.
During your consultation, your doctor will listen closely to your needs and concerns to determine the right approach for achieving the look you want. The following procedures are often included as part of a mommy makeover to address the problems many women face after pregnancy and childbirth, but even just one of these may help you reach your goals. The procedure (or combination of procedures) that’s right for you will depend upon your priorities and own unique body goals.
The breasts can transform dramatically after pregnancy and breastfeeding. They often grow and swell as hormone levels rise, but then lose volume as breast milk production declines. This can make them look flat or deflated and lead to sagging that won’t improve as your breast size returns to normal. Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that can reshape the bust and restore a full, perky appearance through the use of breast implants. Breast augmentation can also be combined with a breast lift to further improve the contours of the breasts by raising them to a more youthful position.
The changes the breasts undergo during pregnancy can cause the tissues to stretch and sag, leading to loose skin and a droopy appearance. As a result, the nipples may also begin to point downward. A breast lift can address these concerns and restore perkier, youthful-looking contours by raising the breasts so they sit higher on the chest. This procedure can also tighten the surrounding tissues and reposition the nipples and areola. A breast lift is often combined with breast augmentation for comprehensive rejuvenation of the bust.
Every woman’s body responds to pregnancy differently, and some may experience an increase in breast size that remains after giving birth. Since larger breasts can strain the neck and back, this may cause discomfort that’s difficult to manage, especially when caring for children. Breast reduction surgery alleviates the symptoms associated with larger breasts by making them smaller and lighter, removing excess fat, tissue and skin for healthier proportions. A breast reduction can be combined with breast lift surgery to improve the overall appearance of the chest.
During pregnancy, the stomach muscles often weaken and separate to accommodate a growing baby. Loose skin and stubborn fat can also become a problem, and some women may have a C-section scar that remains long after giving birth. These effects can drastically change the appearance of the stomach, creating an unsightly bulge that can’t be fixed with diet and exercise. A tummy tuck can address these concerns by retightening the abdominal muscles, removing any loose skin and minimizing the appearance of stretch marks or scars. If you’re also bothered by stubborn fat that’s settled in the midsection, a tummy tuck can be combined with liposuction to help restore your pre-baby body.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes unwanted fat in common problem areas like the hips, thighs, lower back, stomach and buttocks. Many women struggle to lose post-baby weight due to hormonal and lifestyle changes, but liposuction provides a permanent, effective solution that can jumpstart your weight loss goals and help you achieve a slimmer physique. Because liposuction can be used almost anywhere on the body, you’ll enjoy highly personalized results that address your specific areas of concern.
Nonsurgical procedures like Botox® and dermal fillers can also be included as part of your mommy makeover, erasing wrinkles, worry lines and other signs of aging that may appear on the face. Your surgeon will help you explore your options during an initial consultation and develop a personalized treatment plan based on your goals.
If having kids has changed your body but diet and exercise aren’t enough to restore your former contours, then a mommy makeover may be right for you. Whether you’re bothered by the appearance of your breasts, you want a flatter stomach or you’re struggling to get rid of unwanted fat, this procedure is customized to address your unique concerns.
When it comes to a mommy makeover, however, timing is important. Each new pregnancy will elicit changes in the body, so it’s recommended that you wait until you’re done breastfeeding or having children before considering the procedure. Most doctors will also suggest waiting until at least six months have passed since your last pregnancy before proceeding with surgery. During your consultation, our team can help determine if the time is right for you to address your aesthetic concerns with a mommy makeover.
Before your scheduled appointment, your doctor will provide you with instructions on how to prepare for your mommy makeover. This might include guidelines on prescription medication use and taking time off from work or other activities for your recovery. He will also review the details of your procedure and address any questions or concerns you may have before proceeding.
The exact details of your mommy makeover will vary based on your unique surgical plan, but the procedure is done under general anesthesia to keep you comfortable and may last for several hours. Because a mommy makeover combines multiple aesthetic procedures into a single operation, you’ll only have one surgical experience and one recovery period. Mommy makeovers are typically an outpatient procedure, so you should be able to return home as the anesthesia wears off to begin the healing process. It’s crucial that you arrange transportation during this time, since you might still feel groggy or sedated after your surgery.
Mommy makeover surgery has one of the highest satisfaction rates of any aesthetic procedure, with many women claiming that it has transformed their lives. By restoring your feminine curves and helping you get back into pre-baby shape, a mommy makeover can help you feel like yourself again and reclaim the confidence you once had. Because this procedure is tailored to your specific needs, your individual results will vary based on the surgeries included in your mommy makeover package.
While you may notice an improvement in your body contours immediately after surgery, most results will take some time to develop and become more apparent as swelling decreases. If you had breast augmentation, it will also take time for your new implants to settle into their final position before revealing the enhanced size and shape of your breasts. Your doctor will inform you of the kind of results you can expect from your mommy makeover depending on which surgeries were used to help you achieve your aesthetic goals, and provide you with post-operative care instructions to ensure the best possible outcome.
Once your body has healed, you’ll be able to enjoy your results for years to come. A flatter stomach, lifted breasts and slimmer contours can be maintained with a healthy diet and lifestyle, but future pregnancies may reverse the outcome of your procedure. This can be avoided by scheduling your surgery after you’ve finished having children.
Combining multiple surgeries into one procedure means you’ll only have one recovery period after your mommy makeover. The amount of time it takes for your body to heal will depend on your unique surgical plan, but you should expect to spend several weeks resting at home. You’ll also need to avoid strenuous activities like lifting, bending or stretching and may be required to wear compression garments or a surgical drain as your incisions heal. Due to this, it’s highly recommended that you have a friend or family member help with child care, daily chores and other tasks to avoid straining yourself too soon.
During the initial recovery period, you should expect to feel some pain and discomfort. You may also experience bruising, swelling and tenderness in treated areas — this is normal and should subside as the body heals. Within the next few weeks, you’ll be able to return to work and resume normal activities gradually, but this will depend on how your recovery is going. Your doctor will provide detailed aftercare instructions and check on your progress during follow-up appointments, where you’ll be able to discuss any concerns you may have. If you have any questions in the interim, your doctor will also be available by phone to ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery.
If your body has changed after having children and you want to regain your firm, youthful contours, Crantford | Costa Plastic Surgery in Charleston, South Carolina, can help. Located near Mount Pleasant, Drs. Crantford and Costa are board-certified plastic surgeons with extensive training able to craft a personalized surgical plan tailored to your unique needs. To learn more about the mommy makeover or schedule your consultation, contact or call us today at (843) 722-5904.