Mommy Makeover

Adam David Lowenstein, MD, FACS

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Santa Barbara Plastic Surgeon

The “mommy makeover” refers to the combination of a number of surgeries performed with the goal of returning your body back toward it’s appearance from prior to pregnancy.

With pregnancy comes a stretching of the abdominal skin and muscle, creating a diastasis or weakening of the connective tissue between the abdominal muscles.  Excess skin and fat can be resected while the diastasis is repaired and abdomen flattened, and this is performed with a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty.  

With pregnancy comes some weight gain, and while breast feeding is often helpful in aiding in postpartum weight loss, there is often some resilient areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.  These pockets of fat, often in the flanks and thighs can be reduced invasively with liposuction or sometimes are appropriate for treatment with CoolSculpting.  

Following pregnancy, many mothers find that their breasts enlarge with milk, and if you breast feed, you may find that your breasts deflate and appear more droopy than before pregnancy.  Surgical breast rejuvenation is a large part of the Doctor’s practice, and a lot of information regarding breast implants and breast lifts can be found here.

Because each woman’s body is different before pregnancy and pregnancy can effect a woman’s body in so many ways, an individualized approach to rejuvenation of your body is critical in consideration of a mommy makeover.  During the consultation with the Doctor, he will discuss your options and suggest a unique plan for the achievement of your aesthetic goals.