Pregnancy and breastfeeding are some of the most treasured times in a woman’s life; however, they create many changes that persist long after pregnancy and breastfeeding are finished. These changes can discourage confidence and overall well-being. However, with body contouring procedures, you can help lessen the impact by restoring your body and boosting your confidence.
At MacDonald Plastic Surgery, Dr. Jeannie MacDonald answers your questions to help you determine if we can help you achieve your post-baby body goals.
What is Body Contouring?
Getting your old figure back and looking like yourself after childbirth is difficult. Combining body contouring procedures following childbirth has become popular due to their excellent combined results and single recovery time—together, these procedures are called a mommy makeover. The best time for these procedures is when you feel physically, mentally, and emotionally prepared for the procedure.
Mommy makeover focuses on correcting the transformations brought about by pregnancy and breastfeeding that cannot be changed by diet or exercise alone, including:
- Sagging breasts
- Lost volume in breasts
- Extra weight around the abdomen
- Redistributed weight
- Overall shape and tone
- Stretch marks
Mommy makeovers should be performed after one has finished childbearing and breastfeeding to ensure the longevity of the results. By having these procedures together, patients not only save money but also have a single recovery period.
Many women are dissatisfied with the size, fullness, or appearance of their breasts, especially after the changes pregnancy and breastfeeding bring about.
For any type of breast rejuvenation procedure, it is best to wait at least 6 months after you stop breastfeeding. It is also important to ensure you have a post-operative support system in place to assist you as you relax and heal, especially if you have young children to care for.
Procedures offered at MacDonald Plastic Surgery include:
- Breast augmentation
- Breast lift
- Breast augmentation with lift
- Breast reduction
Unfortunately, even with a strict diet and rigorous exercise routine, pregnancy can leave you with a less-than-flat abdomen. No number of crunches or sit-ups can help restore and flatten abdominal muscles that have been stretched from pregnancy.
Tummy Tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a rejuvenation procedure designed to remove excess skin and fatty tissue as well as tightening and correcting diastasis recti—the separation of muscles, which is common following pregnancy.
Following pregnancy, many patients are left with a distribution of fat they didn’t have before. Often, liposuction is included with mommy makeovers to treat the pockets of fat remaining on the abdomen and flanks to restore your slimmer, more youthful-looking figure.
As liposuction is a body contouring procedure rather than a weight loss procedure, it’s important to be at your healthy, stable weight prior to your surgery.
Choosing Dr. Jeannie MacDonald as Your Post-Baby Body Contouring Provider
Dr. Jeannie MacDonald develops individual treatment plans to ensure natural-looking results, making her one of the best body contouring providers in Vancouver.Contact us today to learn more about partnering with one of Vancouver’s best body contouring surgeons!