Mommy Makeover Connecticut and Houston
With over twenty years of experience as a distinguished plastic surgeon, Dr. Fusi F.A.C.S. M.B.A. specializes in aesthetic and reconstructive procedures for the face, body, and breast. As a clinical faculty member of the section of Plastic Surgery at Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Fusi reflects the highest standard of surgical techniques and patient care in his practice.
An experienced board certified cosmetic surgeon, previously a faculty member at MD Anderson Cancer Center where she focused on breast reconstruction. Dr. Craig obtained her plastic surgery training at Yale and refined her aesthetic eye in her fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover is a body rejuvenation procedure to address cosmetic concerns that mothers have after the birth of their children. The most common combination of procedures for a mommy makeover is a breast lift and tummy tuck. However, your treatment plan can integrate other surgical options to achieve your desired look.
What Happens to a Woman’s Body After Pregnancy?
During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes several changes. Breasts become engorged with milk and her abdomen swells to accommodate the growing baby. After birth and nursing, a mother’s abdomen and breasts do not always regain the tautness that they had before pregnancy. The weight gain and pressure of carrying a child can expand the skin’s elasticity beyond its threshold, leaving some mothers with:
- Separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti).
- Excess loose skin on the abdomen and breasts.
- Drooping breasts and areolas.
To fully recover your pre-pregnancy body, Dr. Fusi and Dr. Craig will recommend combining procedures that meet your desired expectations during your consultation at one of the our office in the Connecticut area.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Breast size tends to decrease by one or two cup sizes after mothers stop nursing their children. This sudden reduction often results in sagging breasts caused by the skin overstretching. The only way to correct this problem is a breast lift which:
- Removes excess skin and a small quantity of fat to reshape your breasts.
- Repositions and lifts your breasts.
- Shifts drooping nipples to a higher position.
Depending on the extent of ptosis, or sagging, Dr. Fusi and Dr. Craig may suggest breast augmentation to restore fullness to the upper part of the breast or a breast reduction to achieve a size that is proportional to your body.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
As skin stretches to accommodate the growth of a child, it often expands beyond its capacity and leaves new mothers with excess sagging skin that is impossible to tighten. While weight loss after pregnancy is possible and recommended, the excess remaining skin cannot return to normal with diet and exercise. A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a surgical solution to this problem that:
- Removes excess skin and some fat to provide contour.
- Repairs weakened abdominal muscles that may have separated during pregnancy and birth.
- Restores the shape of your navel.
The result of your tummy tuck will be a flat, toned abdomen.
When Should I Get a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover is a one-time procedure that should only be considered after you have given birth to your last child. If you intend on becoming pregnant after a mommy makeover, you will likely experience similar problems with excess skin on your abdomen and breasts. Women who do not intend to carry more children should wait approximately six months after the birth of their last child to consider the procedure. Waiting will allow your body to recover fully from birth and give you time to attain your ideal weight before the procedure.
Maintaining Your Results
Your mommy makeover results are relatively permanent and will restore both your breasts and abdomen to the way they were prior to pregnancy. Unless you have a significant weight fluctuation, your tummy tuck will remain the same for years.
While a breast lift will restore your breasts to their pre-pregnancy firmness and position, the natural aging process will continue to affect the appearance of your breasts. Most women who undergo a breast lift will delay the onset of sagging and prevent the problem from worsening.
For more information about how a mommy makeover can improve your appearance, contact our offices in Connecticut at 203-458-4444 or Houston at 713-346-9909.