Plastic Surgery FAQ Provided by Dr. Haven Barlow
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The toll that pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding can have on a woman's body can be devastating, both physically and emotionally. Even with proper diet and exercise, oftentimes it is near impossible to restore one's post-pregnancy body back to one's pre-pregnancy body.
Some of these effects include:
For those mothers out there who want a firmer, tighter body, even after childbirth, there is the Mommy Makeover. This revolutionary cosmetic procedure has been developed by cosmetic surgeons with the needs and desires of mother's everywhere in mind. Essentially, this procedure brings together the best of several popular surgical procedures to restore and rejuvenate the mother's body back to her pre-pregnancy body, as close as possible.
- Stretching of the stomach muscles
- Stretching and loosening of the skin in the areas of the breasts, thighs, abdominals
- Excess fat deposits in the belly, back and thighs
- Stretch marks on the breasts, belly and thighs
Options for the Mommy Makeover
The Mommy Makeover procedure is comprised of several different cosmetic procedures that, when used in conjunction, produce stunning results. However, because every woman has different restorative needs, the combination of procedures will vary from one body to another. The Mommy Makeover is not a 'cookie cutter' procedure, but one that can be tailored to meet your individual needs, which is one reason why the Mommy Makeover procedure is so revolutionary in its design.
Tummy Tuck or abdominoplasty with Liposuction
The skin and muscle tissues in the abdominal areas stretch during pregnancy and will leave skin looser and "flabby." Even after weight loss, training and dieting, the skin may remain loose and unsightly. An abdominoplasty, also known as a Tummy Tuck, can revitalize your stomach and abdominal area by removing excess skin, tightening the inner walls of your stomach muscles, and removing unwanted fatty deposits through liposuction, producing a tighter, flatter abdominal profile. The use of liposuction during the Tummy Tuck portion of the Mommy Makeover allows for the removal of excess fat that develops during pregnancy as well as handle the stubborn areas that don't respond to dieting and exercise.
Breast Lift, Breast Augmentation, and Reduction
The procedure known as mastopexy, or the 'Breast Lift' reconstructs the breast in such a way that excess fat and skin is removed, thus tightening the tissues of the breast, giving it a 'lifted' appearance, which restores the breast appearance back to that of your pre-pregnancy, youthful breast contours. The mastopexy will also address the tissue surrounding the nipple, or areola, which oftentimes becomes stretched due to the same effects.
If you desire fuller, larger breasts, the surgeon can perform a Breast Augmentation along with the lift. This cosmetic enhancement procedure uses either saline or silicone breast implants to create a bust line that is, perhaps, larger and fuller than the patients' pre-pregnancy breast size. Once again, the option of Breast Augmentation should be discussed with your doctor in your consultation prior to surgery to determine the best course of treatment.
The Breast Reduction surgery can be an option for those women who have very large breast that cause back pain and general discomfort due to childbirth or as a pre-pregnancy condition. The reduction mammaplasty is a procedure designed to reduce the size of the breasts by removing the excess skin, fat and tissues of the breast, alleviating any pain or discomfort.
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|Haven J. Barlow, Jr., M.D.|
|Barlow Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery|
|Office Address: |
|National Center for Plastic Surgery|
7601 Lewinsville Rd.
McLean, VA 22102
Chesapeake Plastic Surgery
134 Holiday Court
Annapolis, MD 21401