Are My Post-Pregnancy Body Changes Permanent?
In general, the physical effects of pregnancy for one woman can be somewhat different for another. Certain changes may be permanent for some individuals, while others may see areas of their body revert back to the way they were before pregnancy. For many women, common effects such as stretch marks, an excess amount of skin and/or loose muscles in the abdomen, and changes in breast volume and appearance are issues that can remain long after childbirth and breastfeeding.
Some women experience lesser degrees of these changes, or are simply not bothered by them. In other cases, individuals may experience a lack of confidence and wonder how they can restore their bodies and effectively improve concerns in specific regions. Fortunately, there are a variety of procedures available that can address the permanent physical effects of pregnancy and restore one’s pre-pregnancy appearance. A Mommy Makeover can often be an ideal option for women who have several different aesthetic goals. This procedure is a compendium of advanced treatments designed to resolve a number of concerns. Customized Mommy Makeovers may include a breast lift to reduce sagging breast skin and give the breasts a more youthful projection, a breast augmentation to restore volume and shape that may have been lost following pregnancy and breastfeeding, and/or a tummy tuck to tighten stretched abdominal muscles and give the abdomen a flatter, firmer look. Liposuction is also a common addition to a Mommy Makeover, which can reduce excess fat that has collected in localized regions of the body. Including cosmetic facial rejuvenation in a Mommy Makeover can address signs of age and stress that may have become more prominent over the years.
Ultimately, it’s often a good idea for women to give themselves some time after pregnancy or breastfeeding in order to see whether some of the after-effects resolve on their own. If it appears that certain areas are permanently changed and there is a desire for aesthetic improvement of these concerns, a Mommy Makeover or individual cosmetic treatment options may be worth exploring. If you have questions, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Daniel C. Mills to talk more about your goals, please contact us today!