-Win Pound, M.D.
Having a baby is truly a blessing. Still, there is a price to pay for such a blessing. For most women, this can be seen as a loss of volume in the breasts, sagging of the breasts, and even asymmetry of the breasts if the baby nurses more on one side than the other. Other body changes include sagging skin of the abdomen, stretch marks, and weakness of the abdominal muscles. Fat can accumulate in the hips, thighs, and lower stomach.
Well, as they say, you can’t have your cake and eat it too. Or can you? These days, young women do not have to sacrifice their bodies for childbirth. Through surgical means, these women can reclaim their bodies and quickly return to their active lifestyle. There is no need to put away the two-piece swimsuits forever. Multiple procedures can be combined into a single “Mommy Makeover” to address the damage inflicted by childbirth. Combining procedures can be more cost-effective and also decrease the amount of recovery time if these procedures were to be spread out over several operations.
Newer techniques in breast lift surgery can reduce the amount of scarring necessary to elevate the breasts back to their original, perky position. This can be done with or without the addition of breast implants to restore lost volume or to even out breasts that have become asymmetrical.
With the abdomen, loose skin and stretch marks below the belly button can be removed with a tummy tuck. The trade-off here is a scar across the lower part of the abdomen which can be hidden within a swimsuit. Stomach muscles that were stretched during the months of pregnancy can be tightened again. Fatty deposits that won’t resolve with diet or exercise can be suctioned away.
With improvements in anesthesia, these procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis so that the patient can recover in the comfort of her own home. Routine activities can be resumed as tolerated, more strenuous activity after several weeks.