Although having a child is a joyful time, some women feel self-conscious about what the process does to their body. If you are concerned about your post-baby body, there are ways to have a mommy makeover and to regain your self-confidence.
Laser Stretch Mark Removal
Stretch marks are common after pregnancy since your abdomen is growing at a fast rate. If you are mostly satisfied with the tone of your abdomen after several months postpartum, but are concerned about the stretch marks, there are laser procedures to reduce their appearance. Typically, you will have several sessions depending on the extent of your stretch marks. You may only want to focus treatments on areas that are difficult to conceal under swimwear. Although the procedure will not eliminate stretch marks, it can make them less noticeable by flattening them and helping their pigmentation blend into the surrounding skin.
Tummy tucks are also popular after having children, especially if you have decided you will not have any more children. When a tummy tuck is performed on women who had children, it typically involves tightening the underlying muscle to help the stomach lie flatter and avoid the lower abdominal pouch. A tummy tuck is the most comprehensive method of removing fat, sagging skin, and lower abdominal stretch marks. If you have stretch marks on your upper abdomen, the procedure usually results in those stretch marks being lower on the abdomen and easier to conceal. This procedure is best-suited for women who are close to their appropriate weight after having their baby. If you have excess weight, your surgeon may want you to shed unwanted pounds first.
Breastfeeding can have a significant impact on what your breasts look like, especially if you have breastfed multiple children. Since you breasts will enlarge and produce milk, but lose volume once you stop breastfeeding, this can leave you with breasts that sag and have less overall volume. A breast lift, with or without implants, can help your breast return to their pre-partum fullness and allow them to sit higher on the chest. Your surgeon will remove excess tissue. This is usually done by creating incisions underneath the breast to conceal the incision. If you have plenty of breast tissue remaining, you may be satisfied with a lift. For women who want more volume, saline or silicone implants can also be inserted.
Although you should never feel ashamed of your post-baby body, many women still face insecurities. Fortunately, there are several procedures available to help you achieve your ideal body.