Becoming a mother is likely one of the hardest and most rewarding things you’ve done. Growing your family comes with just as many benefits as it does sacrifices. No matter your stage of motherhood, it’s normal to feel like your body just doesn’t look and feel the way it used to – and that you want a change! If it feels like you’re out of options, you’re not alone. Most mothers feel like diet and exercise aren’t enough to return their body to what it was. The mommy makeover is one option that can transform your body and your confidence, but having questions is a natural part of making decisions about a life-changing procedure! If you’re considering a mommy makeover, then your first step is meeting with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can help create the ideal surgical plan for you and your goals. As you schedule your consultation, here’s what to know about the mommy makeover with Dr. Kayastha and how it can help you love your body again.
A mommy makeover is a suite of plastic surgery procedures designed to address many of the areas of the body commonly affected by pregnancy. For most women, this includes the breasts, stomach, and lower body. However, one of the key benefits of the mommy makeover is that it can be customized to your body and your preferences. That’s because every woman experiences pregnancy differently. With a mommy makeover, you can restore your body to its pre-pregnancy state without the need for multiple surgical sessions, downtimes, or costs.
Although the mommy makeover can include the exact procedures you want, there are some tried and true options that are common for postpartum women – and for good reason! They come with some great benefits after pregnancy, so here’s what to know about them.
Naturally, the stomach can be most affected by childbearing. During pregnancy, it’s common to experience stretching of the muscles and skin that can remain behind even with the strictest diet and exercise. A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that can remove excess skin and fat while also repairing the integrity of the abdominal muscles. This can even come with medical benefits like reducing incontinence and back pain. The result is a slimmer, more contoured stomach without the telltale pooch that many women experience after childbearing.
Nursing can affect the breasts in a number of ways, but one common result is sagging breasts that don’t have the position and projection they used to. Although most women think of breast augmentation as the best way to enhance their figure, a breast lift is another valuable option. This surgery can remove excess skin and lift the breasts into a more upright position on the chest. It can even be paired with implants or breast reduction, depending on your needs.
Baby weight is famously hard to get rid of. Despite the most devoted diet and exercise, it’s common to still carry some stubborn fat in areas like the hips, thighs, stomach, or arms. Liposuction is a quick and easy way to achieve some additional contouring with your mommy makeover procedure, and some more advanced liposuction options can even achieve skin tightening if you’ve lost significant weight.
Some women experience difficulties during the birthing process that have a long-term negative effect on their confidence during sex. If you experienced stretching or tearing of the labia and vulva during labor, it’s normal to experience some discomfort during intercourse or self-consciousness about your body. Labiaplasty can remove excess skin and even some scarring.
Whether you prefer implants or a fat transfer procedure, a buttock lift can help define your figure with some curves you might’ve lost throughout the pregnancy process. Weight fluctuations can affect the butt, leaving less projection than you used to have. If it feels like your butt doesn’t fill out your figure like it used to, a butt lift procedure can help balance out your great results with other procedures.
Low self-confidence in your body can impact many different areas of your life, including your mental health. Along with everything else you’re likely dealing with during your postpartum phase, feeling negative about your body can take a toll. If you’re trying to stick to your diet and exercise plan on top of that, it can be especially frustrating if you don’t see results. With a mommy makeover, you’ll see noticeable, transformative results that can help you feel positive about yourself – and better able to enjoy this exciting new life stage!
If you’re ready to meet with your plastic surgeon to begin creating your customized mommy makeover, it can be helpful to prepare ahead of time. This might include bringing a list of questions so you can make an informed decision about your procedure. You should also think about your goals for a mommy makeover and whether it’s the right time for you. If you have more plans for getting pregnant, you may need to put off your surgery. Additionally, you should be fully recovered from labor, at a steady weight and hormonal state, and able to take some significant time off to recover. Your plastic surgeon can help you determine the right timeframe for your procedure as well as recommend the right combination of procedures based on your goals. Make sure to be up-front about what you want to change and any concerns you have about the surgical process. Your board-certified plastic surgeon can help!
Overall, a mommy makeover can help you feel in charge of your body again. Despite growing your family, you don’t have to live with low confidence in your figure. Although the female body is capable of some amazing things, it’s totally normal to struggle to love the way your body looks after having kids. When you feel more confident in your body and your figure, you can enjoy your family and your new phase of life. If you’re ready to learn more about your ideal mommy makeover and begin discussing your options, we invite you to contact our office by calling 518-674-9060 or filling out our online form.
Dr. Kayastha is a board certified plastic surgeon who serves Albany, NY and the entire Capital Region. Dr. Kayastha completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University and graduated with distinction in all subjects. He then attended medical school at SUNY Buffalo. During his time in Buffalo he also completed a fellowship in surgical pathology at Roswell Park. Following medical school Dr. Kayastha gained a much sought after position in the Michigan State-Grand Rapids integrated plastic surgery residency. After finishing residency training Dr. Kayastha completed a one year fellowship in hand and microsurgery at the Buncke Clinic in San Francisco. To round out his training before starting private practice Dr. Kayastha spent an additional 6 months learning from some of the best cosmetic surgeons in San Francisco. Dr. Kayastha is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.