While having children and even the experience of being pregnant can be one of the highlights of a woman’s life, childbirth can take a toll on a woman’s body.

document_20_4_270For many women, pregnancy takes a toll on their bodies, particularly in their breasts and abdominal areas.

In the abdomen, pregnancy can cause a weakening and separation of the abdominal muscles and stretching of the abdominal skin. This stretching may cause a breakage of the skin elastic fibers, also known as stretch marks. These unsightly marks are purple-red in color and are usually concentrated around the belly button and lower abdomen.  While the color of stretch marks may fade with time, the broken elastic fibers cannot be repaired.

Diet and exercise can help a woman tone her muscles, improve her overall health, and decrease her body fat percentage, but will have no effect on loose skin.

Many women who have had children will find that their breasts are different in their size and shape after childbirth, particularly for women who have breastfed their babies.

For some women, their main concern is excess fat in areas that were never problem areas for them prior to their pregnancy, even if they’ve lost the baby weight.

In any of these cases, a mommy makeover may be the solution.

A mommy makeover is performed using a unique combination of plastic surgery procedures designed to counteract the physical effects of childbearing, and restore and enhance your body.

In general, a mommy makeover may include:

Mommy Makeovers can include any or all of these body contouring procedures depending on your wishes and needs. The Mommy Makeover can sometimes be done during one surgery. Other times it is best to break the procedure up over more than one day, depending on the patient’s body type and overall health.

It is important to ask yourself certain questions before deciding to have a mommy makeover.  These questions include:

Are you done having children?

If you plan to have more children, wait. The vertical muscles in the abdomen (which are tightened during a tummy tuck) can re-separate.

Are you at a stable weight?

Being at a stable weight before surgery can help maximize the results. Lose all the baby weight you’re able to lose with diet and exercise before having plastic surgery.

Are you finished breastfeeding?

You should wait at least 3 months after you are finished breastfeeding before having breast surgery to allow the breasts to stabilize in size and shape.

You may be a mommy, but never forget that you are still your own person and a mommy makeover may help you look and feel your best.

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