What is a Mommy Makeover?

Michele A. Shermak, MD

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Baltimore Plastic Surgeon

A “Mommy Makeover” is plastic surgery performed to bring back the body a woman had prior to childbirth, often better than before. With pregnancy, women experience changes in the breasts and abdomen. Breasts may lose volume and “perk.” They may sag more, and develop mismatch in size and shape, particularly after breastfeeding. The abdomen can lose its pre-pregnancy “spring” and tautness. The belly button might have a hernia. The abdominal muscular support may be lax, particularly after Caesarian section. Skin may have stretch marks. The pubic area may even need some lift and tightening.
So what to do? Women come in all shapes and sizes, so treatment is individualized. Mommy Makeover is not “one size fits all.”
For the breasts, lifting, also known as Mastopexy, may be necessary. Breast Augmentation with either silicone or saline implants improve volume and cleavage. A combination of Mastopexy and Augmentation may be necessary to achieve the desired result. Today Fat Transfer is another option, moving fat from an undesirable area like the abdomen, waist, or thigh into the breast area.
For the abdomen, Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) treats all of the components involved, including abdominal muscles and skin. Belly button hernias can be repaired at this time too. Nothing minimally invasive effectively treats stretch marks. The only way to alleviate stretch marks is to surgically remove them. During Abdominoplasty this can happen, but ask your surgeon if all of the stretch marks will go or just some of them. It may be impossible to get them all out.
The pubis, while less of a focal point, also suffers with redundancy. A lifted pubis is a youthful pubis. The evolving body anatomy with redundancy and laxity may actually impact urination and sexual intercourse. The pubis is secondarily improved with abdominoplasty. Labiaplasty is something else that might be of interest after hormonal changes take their toll on the genital area.
While pregnancy and childbirth are the most precious, miraculous experience, they take a serious toll on the body, on some women more than others. Procedures like Mastopexy, Breast Augmentation, and Abdominoplasty can bring the old body back, or create an even better one! Check out the Photo Gallery under the subjects Breast Augmentation, Breastlift, Abdominoplasty, and Beauty after Baby to see some real results! And call Dr. Shermak at 410-616-3000 to schedule an appointment today. Why not now?