Being a mom is one of the most challenging, frustrating, yet rewarding experiences a woman can have. You put forth blood, sweat and tears, not to mention an untold strain on your whole body during pregnancy. It really boils down to the genetics of your skin and fascia as to how well you can bounce back after the weight gain and abdominal stretching from your baby. Many women lament that despite dieting, exercising and lots and lots of willpower your body is never the same as it was prior to child bearing. Fortunately, for the masses of dissatisfied women, there are options in Plastic Surgery to boost your self-confidence and your body image.
Here is a list of body corrections (Mommy Makeover) that can be performed in tandem or separately to improve the shape and how you feel about your physique.
BREAST - During pregnancy, the glandular component of the breast must enlarge to ready for the enhanced production of milk. Additionally, weight gain with fat storage all governed by the hormonal changes can increase the breast size immensely. Unfortunately, fetal regulation also makes skin "stretchy" to accommodate the increased girth of the breast and abdomen. After the resumption of normal non-pregnant hormones and the lack of need for lactation, the breast volume will revert back to baseline and can even reduce in overall size compared to the original baseline. Unfortunately, many times the skin does not have the ability to shrink to the original size and will stay expanded resulting in a larger skin brazier with same or even less fill than before resulting in "saggy" breast shape. With increased skin length from the breast fold to the nipple it moves the breast mound lower on the chest with less upper pole fullness. I hear many women call their breasts "sad" in appearance when they come in for consultation. Okay, enough depressing thoughts... what can be done? If the skin is not excessively enlarged, the nipple-areolar complex is correct and the fold to nipple distance is not greatly elongated, the solution can be to place a silicone gel implant to act as a shaper and a filler of the breast envelope restoring a pleasing breast shape. If the breast has a low positioned nipple-areolar complex, with or without increase skin length from the fold to the nipple-areolar complex, then a mastopexy (breast lift) is required. Often times tissue volume might need to be enhanced to provide better shape and upper pole fullness, thus an implant or fat grafting can be incorporated at the same time. Sometimes upper pole fullness can be accomplished by transposing extra breast tissue in the lower pole and positioning it on the chest wall deep to the rest of the breast to enhance fullness.
ABDOMEN - Hormones during pregnancy direct adaptive body changes that allow healthy growth of the baby, but unfortunately create lasting changes to a women's body. The abdominal skin stretches and often can result in stretch marks (tears in the dermis with intact epidermis). Excess skin rarely retracts in these cases, leading to hanging skin that drapes over the pelvis. Next, the abdominal wall is distorted to accommodate the growing fetus resulting in separation of the paired rectus muscles leading to increased abdominal circumference with permanent bulges in the abdominal wall both above and below the umbilicus. This unfortunately cannot be reduced with abdominal exercise because the stretched fascia between the muscles is not contractile and will not respond to muscle strengthening. Additional weight changes with aging often can be manifested with increased abdominal girth from excess fatty tissue. So what can a Mommy Makeover achieve in the abdomen?
If skin quality is excellent and the abdominal wall is only minimally distorted often liposuction with the addition of additional energy sources such as ultrasonic energy (VASER), oscillating power hand-piece (PAL), or hydraulic power can result in removal of excess fat and create skin retraction/redistribution to improve contour. However, many women will need a full abdominoplasty with correction of excess fat with liposuction, removal of excess lower abdominal skin with tissue resection, and abdominal wall restoration by returning the rectus muscles together with a permanent suturing technique. This can result in excellent contour of the abdomen but you will trade the contour for a scar. Most people are surprised how long the scar has to be to create the contouring necessary. Once acquainted with the results, most women will gladly trade a scar for the results of a flat smooth abdomen.
BACK AND FLANKS - Some women can realize their goals by correcting the anterior abdomen by itself. However, many women if given the opportunity would love to three dimensionally correct their torso by sculpting their midback (bra line folds) and flanks (muffin tops) at the same time as their abdomens to circumferentially adjust their shape. This can make a tremendous change on how clothing can be worn and how the individual feels about themselves. Liposuction makes a great deal of improvement by releasing all the ligamentous attachments between the back and flanks and the superficial skin (which results in rolls on the back) and allows even removal of fat and the skin to re-drape much smoother.
LEGS - Some women naturally store adipose tissue in their lateral or medial thighs. Depending on the skin quality and the potential for the tissue to re-drape or tighten, fatty tissue can be sculpted just as on the back.
BUTTOCK - Popular trends in body shape can change just like in fashion over time. The introduction of the Latin culture into the United States in conjunction with pop culture personalities have made the appearance of a full contour buttock something to aspire to. My preference for buttock augmentation is with fat grafting and not with a prosthesis. Utilizing concepts of tissue equilibration and liposculpturing we can remove unwanted fatty tissue, harvest it as a graft, and utilize the fat as a volumizer of the buttock, all while improving the contour of the rest of the body. Women who have gained and lost weight may have loose sagging skin of the buttock and restoring volume can shape and lift the buttock with little or no scarring.
Women who are unhappy with their physical appearance after giving birth to one or multiple children can restore the body to a better place with a Mommy Makeover. To me this represents more than one area of the body to be rejuvenated simultaneously to make the woman feel refreshed and erase some of the "battle scars" of pregnancy so she can feel more confident in her appearance.
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What do Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Garner, and Kylie Jenner all have in common? The perfectly plump sexy pout that women of all ages are seeking. Lip augmentation procedures are currently a highly publicizedand trending treatment thanks to these celebrities. Kylie Jenner's lips alone overtook social media with her #KylieJennerChallenge, allowing us to now be more comfortable talking about these procedures. In the age of the selfie and duck faces, we are additionally much more aware of the appearance of our lips. This has, in all senses of the phrase, created a perfect storm. It is no wonder that a record number of women are seeking lip enhancement procedures. Popularity has grown amongst men as well who, most commonly, request Brad Pitt's full lips.
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Dermabrasion and dermaplaning help to "refinish" the skin's top layers through a method of controlled surgical scraping. The treatments soften the sharp edges of surface irregularities, giving the skin a smoother appearance.
Dermabrasion is most often used to improve the look of facial skin left scarred by accidents or previous surgery, or to smooth out fine facial wrinkles. It's also sometimes used to remove the pre-cancerous growths called keratoses. Dermaplaning is also commonly used to treat deep acne scars.
Both dermabrasion and dermaplaning are in office procedures and can be performed on small areas of skin or on the entire face. They can be used alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as facelift, scar removal or revision, or chemical peel.
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Another trend that ASPS Member Surgeons are noticing is that the type of patient seeking "mommy makeover" plastic surgery is younger than a decade ago.
"In the past we saw a lot of women in their 50s getting these types of procedures. But today we are seeing young mothers in their 30s coming in for procedures such as tummy tucks and breast lifts. They don't want to wait years to reestablish how they used to look. They want their pre-baby bodies back now," said Dr. Haeck.
The promise of getting her body back is what led 38-year-old Dana Van Gray to undergo surgery for a tummy tuck and breast augmentation just one year after having her last child. "I didn't like my stomach. I started noticing a muffin top and I thought - why wait? I'm young, I'm healthy and I want to look good now," Van Gray said.
"More and more patients like Dana are coming in today asking for mommy makeovers, because women now openly talk about having these procedures. It's more accepted than it was ten years ago," said Van Gray's plastic surgeon, Allen Rosen, MD, an ASPS Member Surgeon in Montclair, New Jersey.
"The techniques and the technologies are to the point where we can do these procedures in an outpatient setting in a very safe and effective fashion, minimizing the amount of downtime and pain.
This appeals to our patients," said Dr. Rosen.
Van Gray says that her new and improved body not only enhanced her looks, but also her attitude.
"I feel good so I can be a better mom to my kids," Van Gray said.
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A Safe Alternative to Surgery
According to statistics from ASPS, BOTOX® Cosmetic was the number one nonsurgical procedure performed in the United States last year. With over six million injections performed in the U.S. in 2012, there were actually far more appointments booked for this noninvasive rejuvenation option compared to the more than 120,000 facelifts performed the same year. Why has there been such an increase in the popularity of nonsurgical facial rejuvenation options for looking younger compared to surgery?
Part of the reason there are so many nonsurgical procedures performed these days is that there are so many different options for products and techniques compared to surgery. For example, BOTOX® is just one type of muscle relaxer that can help smooth away dynamic wrinkles. And there are over a half-dozen different kinds of dermal fillers available for minimizing deeper wrinkles, as well as filling in facial scars or enhancing the lips.
If there's one thing today that people love more than ever, it's having plenty of choices; that attitude definitely includes cosmetic procedures. Having such a variety of options helps men and women feel more confident that they'll be able to find a treatment that will work best for their appearance goals.
Treatments Designed for Today's Lifestyle
Men and women today are busier than ever. Setting aside the couple of weeks that would be necessary for surgery and recovery time after a facelift may be challenging when looking at work schedules, kids' activities and how much vacation time you have saved up. Yet, nonsurgical rejuvenation procedures can be completed over a lunch break. BOTOX® Cosmetic injections and dermal fillers take just a few minutes to administer, and the results appear in a few days.
Additionally, for skin rejuvenation and resurfacing treatments like microdermabrasion, facials and chemical peels, appointments really can feel a lot more like an indulgence than a medical treatment. This means a nice break from a stressful week, plus improving your appearance at the same time. It's really a win-win approach, especially for hard-working multitaskers.
Safe for Commitment-Phobes
As consumers become more savvy and educated, they're also becoming less reluctant to commit to anything they're not 100 percent sure about. Nonsurgical rejuvenation procedures are often temporary, lasting several months before a maintenance treatment is needed. For men and women who may feel hesitant about committing to the permanence of surgery, injectables and fillers offer the perfect "try it on and see if you like it" approach to improving their look.
In fact, it's also common for patients to try out injectables and fillers as part of a regular anti-aging regimen for a few years, then move forward with surgery once they feel more comfortable with how their results are likely to look. It's almost like nonsurgical rejuvenation procedures are the training wheels to help patients prepare for surgery down the road.
The low risk factor and very low complication rates associated with noninvasive rejuvenation techniques are also a big endorsement for today's skeptical consumers. Most dermal fillers are based on substances the body produces naturally, making any risk of adverse reaction quite minimal. And of course, without surgery, there aren't any incisions, scars or recovery time to worry about. For all of these reasons, nonsurgical facial rejuvenation is definitely here to stay.
Sun, skin disorders, aging and even heredity can all contribute to skin irregularities on the face and elsewhere on the body. These include textural irregularities like wrinkles and acne scars, pigmentation changes like freckles and sunspots, or visible blood vessels. In addition, skin may lose tone, feel less firm, and certain areas of the body may develop cellulite conditions.
Conditions that can be treated with skin rejuvenation and resurfacing include:
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