Body Contouring Can Help New Mothers Post-Pregnancy

Changes That Occur During Pregnancy

There is nothing in the world more wonderful than a newborn baby. Your little bundle of joy will change your life in so many ways. With all the great things that come with parenthood, new mothers could also be left with weight that is hard to lose, significant scarring, droopy breasts, and relaxed vaginal muscles. Bouncing back from pregnancy can be quite a feat. The body goes through major changes to accommodate carrying a baby. Getting back to your previous shape can take several months, or even years.

Higher overall body fat. The body will begin to store fat in preparation for parenthood. This fat will make its presence known in the hips, stomach, arms, face and neck. Many women will find that regardless of what they do after their baby arrives, these unwanted fatty areas are difficult to combat.

Breast size, shape and texture. In preparation for the baby, the milk glands begin to expand and eventually produce milk. Most women will see an increase in their breasts by at least a cup size or more. The breast tissue will stay like this as long as she is still producing making milk. Once this stops, breasts may get smaller, begin to sag and not have the texture they once had.

Stretched tissue and skin in the abdomen. The uterus and abdomen are made up of amazing muscles and skin that stretch to accommodate nine months of pregnancy. The elasticity in your tissues will help snap the stomach back to its approximate size, but it often does not have its pre-baby consistency. The abdomen may have loose or hanging skin, protruding stomach pouch and deep stretch marks.

Three Body Contouring Procedures to Restore Your Pre-Pregnancy Body

You don’t have to struggle with your newly acquired body alone. Depending what your problem areas are, there are a few body sculpting techniques out there that can tackle your individual needs. From non-evasive procedures with little to no downtime, all the way to the more extreme with a week or two of recovery time, your surgeon has options for you. Here are three worth consideration:

CoolSculpting is one of the most innovative, nonsurgical techniques currently available. CoolSculpting can eliminate up to 25% of fat in just one session without the need for needles, incisions or stitches. CoolSculpting uses Cryolipolysis technology to freeze the fat cells. When these targeted cells die off, they are then metabolized by your body. CoolSculpting can be administered to just about any area of the body. The procedure is especially helpful with love handles, stomach area, upper arms, thighs, neck and chin. The best part is, there will be no downtime.

Tummy Tuck, scientifically known as an abdominoplasty, is one of the most well-known cosmetic surgery procedures in the world. The technique consists of making a fine incision that runs from hip to hip, located directly above the pubic area. Making scarring easily concealed by clothing. The surgeon will then remove the stretched skin and unwanted fat layer. Lastly, the surgeon will pull the area taut before stitching the skin flat and smooth.

Modifications can be made to the procedure depending on your needs, resulting in a flattering stomach and flowing hips. A tummy tuck is excellent for addressing Diastasis recti or C-section scars. The procedure will be done in an outpatient setting, requiring only a few days of recovery.

Mommy Makeovers are the most customizable among body contouring choices for those with multiple problem areas. Most mommy makeovers consist of a few techniques, usually consisting of breast augmentation or a breast lift, liposuction, and a tummy tuck. However, other procedures may also be added, including arm lifts, thigh lifts, or even a Brazilian Butt Lift.

Depending on the procedures you and your surgeon decide upon, a mommy makeover can be performed in one single session, or divided into multiple sessions. Since this consists of more than one surgical procedure, it will likely require an overnight stay in a medical facility. Recovery could take anywhere from a few days on up to several weeks, depending on how much work you have done.