Having a child is one of life’s seminal moments. But why does it have to come with the side benefit of trashing your figure?! Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding are tough on a woman’s body. Breasts that were firm and high now sag and droop. A tummy area that was relatively tight now sports a little pooch. And fat pockets have developed here and there that don’t respond to exercise or dietary changes.
Maybe it’s time for a mommy makeover with Dr. Yates to regain some of those attributes to your figure that pregnancy and childbirth seem to have taken away.
What makes up a mommy makeover?
A “mommy makeover” is simply a moniker that denotes a combination of procedures that address the areas of the body most affected by pregnancy, breastfeeding, and childbirth. Every patient’s needs are different, but Dr. Yates works with you to customize the areas you want to address. A mommy makeover typically involves a breast lift with or without augmentation, a tummy tuck, and liposuction.
Who could benefit from a mommy makeover?
If you’ve had a child or children and now find that your abdominal skin and muscles are stretched and loose, if you have fat deposits in certain areas of the body such as your thighs, and if your breasts are sagging and have lost volume — those are all conditions that make you a good candidate for a mommy makeover.
But there is one caveat. Dr. Yates stresses in his mommy makeover consultations that you know you are not going to have any more children. This is because any changes he makes with your mommy makeover will be negated by another pregnancy. Also, you should have lost most if not all of your pregnancy weight and have been at a stable weight for a few months. This prevents the development of additional loose skin if you lose extra weight after your mommy makeover.
- Tummy tuck — The goal in a tummy tuck is to regain a firm, sculpted lower and mid-abdomen area. Dr. Yates makes one incision at the bikini line and possibly a second at the belly button. Then he tightens underlying muscles and trims excess skin before reattaching the skin in a tighter contour.
- Liposuction — This minimally invasive procedure can focus on the flanks or thighs or can be included with the tummy tuck to remove pockets of fat in the abdomen area. Tiny incisions are made, a saline solution combined with anesthetic and adrenaline is injected, and then a cannula is inserted to suction out the unwanted fat pockets. Dr. Yates utilizes ultrasound-assisted (VASER) liposuction when applicable, as it allows the fat to be more evenly and easily removed.
- Breast lift — A breast lift returns the breasts to a higher, firmer position on the chest. Excess skin will likely be trimmed, and the nipple complex probably moved to a higher position. A lift can be accompanied by augmentation to regain lost volume or to increase size.