You were thrilled to get pregnant and to deliver your child safe and sound. You’re not so thrilled, though, to see the shape your body’s in. Even if you’ve been watching what you eat and exercising regularly, you may discover that now you have a flatter rear, wider hips, a soft and sagging belly, and drooping breasts.
In addition, more than 60% of women get diastasis recti, a separation of their “six-pack” abdominal muscles, while pregnant, and no amount of exercise will correct that. So what can you do with a body you’re no longer happy about?
At PNW Plastic Surgery in Portland, Oregon, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Leo Urbinelli and his staff understand your desire to get your pre-baby body back. His “mommy makeover” series of procedures can resolve all the problem areas, so as a new mother you can focus on your family, not on how uncomfortable your body feels. Here’s what you need to know about the process.
A mommy makeover is a series of surgical procedures that helps you regain your flat and toned body after giving birth. Since every woman is different, each mommy makeover is tailored to the individual’s needs. While the overall goal is always to give you back your pre-baby body, which procedures you want or need can be different from another woman’s.
And because the procedures vary, it also means there’s no set timeline for completing the restoration. We do try, though, to combine procedures to reduce the amount of time you need to recover. After all, you’ve just had a child, so your time is better spent with them than recuperating from surgery.
PNW Plastic Surgery offers you a wide variety of surgical options to help you meet your aesthetic goals. During your mommy makeover consultation, we review your health history and discuss the specific areas you want to tackle. Then, we draw up a comprehensive treatment plan and a timeline for achieving the work.
We use a number of procedures to achieve a mommy makeover.
Dr. Urbinelli performs many types of breast surgery, including breast augmentation, breast lifting, and breast reshaping. While augmentation (either from implants or fat grafting) increases the size of your breasts, a breast lift helps shape and firm sagging breast tissue that results from pregnancy and nursing.
Rapid weight gain during pregnancy not only affects your breasts but also stretches the skin on your arms and legs. Diet and exercise can help you lose the additional weight, but you still may end up with loose and saggy skin.
Dr. Urbinelli uses minimally invasive body contouring procedures to remove the excess skin and fat and tighten the skin tissue.
Pregnancy and childbirth can flatten your backside or cause it to droop. As part of the mommy makeover, Dr. Urbinelli can perform a Brazilian butt lift. He takes fat from a part of your body where you don’t need it via liposuction, and then purifies and injects (grafts) it into your buttocks, giving you a boost in both size and curviness.
When you were pregnant, you ate for two, and you gained the necessary weight for a healthy delivery. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean you’ll lose the weight easily once you’ve delivered. Even diet and exercise might not be enough to remove stubborn fat pockets. Liposuction permanently removes those fat cells, improving your contours.
A nine-month front-heavy load takes a toll on your stomach and abdominal muscles, often leading to diastasis recti. Again, you may not be able to regain your pre-mommy body with diet and exercise alone. A tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, removes excess skin and abdominal fat, repairs and tightens your abs, and trims down your midsection, restoring a pleasing shape.
If you’ve had a baby and you can’t get your pre-baby body back by yourself, a mommy makeover might be just the thing for you. Call PNW Plastic Surgery at 971-319-5764 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Urbinelli, or book online with us today. We also do telehealth visits.