Mommy Makeover in Annapolis, MD
Motherhood is a wonderful thing, but pregnancy and breastfeeding can take a toll on your body. A mommy makeover can reverse many of these unhappy changes — flattening and firming your abdomen, lifting and reshaping your breasts, tightening skin that has stretched and isn’t springing back, and eliminating diet- and exercise-resistant bulges of fat.
Significant weight gain and loss can have many of the same effects on a woman’s body, and a mommy makeover is just as effective in restoring younger, firmer contours in women who haven’t had children.
If you’d like to regain the pride you felt in your pre-motherhood or pre-weight-loss body, a mommy makeover may be the answer for you. This customized combination of plastic surgery procedures can help you achieve the physical changes you desire.
Dr. Duggal has extensive experience in performing the procedures that combine for a mommy makeover. Her signature techniques improve outcomes and reduce discomfort. She has built a reputation for her beautifully personalized and natural results. Contact us today to schedule a consultation in Annapolis.
What Is a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover is a term for any combination of procedures that reverse the changes associated with pregnancy and breastfeeding or significant weight changes to restore a younger look to your body. During a consultation, Dr. Duggal can help you choose the specific combination of procedures to address your needs, but it commonly includes the following.
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
A tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen and tightens and reconnects the abdominal muscles to achieve a flatter and more toned belly area.
Can include a breast lift to raise and reshape breasts that have sagged with age and motherhood, sometimes combined with breast augmentation to increase breast volume or breast reduction to reduce breast size.
Liposuction removes unwanted fat from specific areas of the body, including the abdomen, back, love handles, arms, inner and outer thighs, knees, calves, neck, or chest.
How Can a Mommy Makeover Benefit Me?
Pregnancy and significant weight fluctuations can result in permanent — and often unwanted — changes to your body. A mommy makeover can reverse many of these changes, restoring your youthful contours and boosting your self-confidence. Common post-pregnancy and post-weight-loss body changes that a mommy makeover can address include the following.
The extreme stretching of your abdomen during pregnancy or significant weight changes can weaken and separate the abdominal muscles to the point where no amount of exercise can restore your flat, firm midsection. Weakened and separated abdominal muscles can lead to back pain and increase your risk of hernias. A tummy tuck as part of a mommy makeover will tighten and strengthen your abdominal muscles, flattening and firming your belly.
Skin can stretch past the point of resilience, leaving hanging folds or a loose, flabby appearance. A tummy tuck removes excess skin to give you a smooth, toned abdomen.
Post-breastfeeding atrophy can lead to a loss of breast tissue and a deflated feeling. Breast augmentation, with or without a breast lift, can restore lost volume and improve the shape of your breasts. For patients who always wanted larger breasts, this can be an opportunity to have the size you would like, but it can also be done conservatively to simply restore fullness without making you larger than you were pre-pregnancy.
Breasts tend to sag with age, and pregnancy and weight changes can accelerate this process. If your breasts have sagged to the point where your nipples point downward or sit below the crease under your breasts, or if your areolas have stretched, a breast lift as part of a mommy makeover will restore your breasts to a younger-looking appearance.
Breasts can change permanently in size and volume with pregnancy and breastfeeding. Breast reduction as part of a mommy makeover can give you the breast size you want.
Even with weight loss through healthy diet and exercise habits, stubborn pockets of fat can remain. Liposuction can remove these as part of a mommy makeover.
A mommy makeover can correct these and other issues to help you regain the body you want and restore your pride in your appearance.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
- You should wait at least six months after childbirth for a tummy tuck and several months after breastfeeding for breast surgery.
- Future pregnancies or weight gain can reduce the beneficial changes from the procedures. It’s best to wait until after you are no longer planning to have more children before having a tummy tuck, in particular.
- If you smoke, you will need to be nicotine-free for at least four weeks before and four weeks after any plastic surgery procedure.
In your consultation with her, Dr. Duggal will examine you to see if you may benefit from any of the mommy makeover procedures and review your health history to determine if the surgery will be safe for you. Specific medical conditions create a higher risk of complications from plastic surgery.
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What to Expect in Recovery
Your experience in recovery from a mommy makeover will depend on the procedures you have. Most patients go home the day of the surgery, though in some cases, combined procedures may require an overnight stay with a nurse in our overnight suite.
Once you’re home, you can expect some initial soreness and swelling, and you’ll need some downtime to heal. Most patients take about two weeks to rest and recover before resuming their normal activities. You’ll need to avoid lifting anything heavy, so you may need help with meal preparation, chores, and caring for children.
Dr. Duggal will advise you on your recovery timing, but most patients can begin more strenuous activities after two weeks, building up gradually until they’re fully recovered at about two months after surgery. The final results will show after three or four months, once all residual swelling has disappeared and your tissues have adapted to the changes.
FAQS: Mommy Makeovers in Maryland
No. We call it a mommy makeover because it’s so popular with mothers. Combining multiple cosmetic procedures can help any woman — and even men — with a wide range of issues.
Some of the procedures that might be part of a mommy makeover are OK to get even if you’re still planning another pregnancy. For others, it’s best to wait until after you’ve completed your family. Add this topic to your list of things to bring up in your consultation with Dr. Duggal.
Dr. Duggal has extensive experience in performing body, breast, and facial cosmetic procedures, and the beautifully customized and natural results show in the before-and-after pictures of her patients. She takes the time to listen to and understand the goals of each of her patients and make sure that they never feel rushed in their consultations. Dr. Duggal treats patients as she would her family members — with honest guidance as to the best choice of procedures and personal attention throughout the process.
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The Sandel Duggal Center for Plastic Surgery is one of the top plastic surgery practices in Maryland and Dr. Claire Duggal has extensive experience in breast and body enhancement procedures. Schedule a consultation to learn more about a mommy makeover, and to find out why Dr. Duggal’s patients rate her so highly. Contact us online or call 410-266-7120.