Mommy Makeover Long Island, NYWomen know to expect many changes occurring to their bodies while pregnant, but not all of them anticipate these changes being permanent. While it’s true that some parts of the body return to normal after giving birth, certain changes — especially to the breasts and stomach — may be permanent. Long Island plastic surgeon Dr. David Funt reviews some of the most common changes, as well as some of the cosmetic procedures he performs to help women re-achieve their pre-pregnancy bodies.

Changes to the Breasts

During pregnancy, the breasts and areolas enlarge in anticipation of nursing. The breasts feel heavier and stretch marks can form on breasts if the skin is not elastic enough to stretch along with the breasts. After having the baby and breastfeeding, the breasts shrink, though not always to the same size as they were before pregnancy. They often look deflated and less full. This, along with the fact that the breasts also tend to hang lower, causes the breasts to appear droopy.

Changes to the Abdomen

It should not come as news that the belly expands to hold the baby during pregnancy. A committed diet and exercise plan can usually help women to take off most of their pregnancy weight. However, what doesn’t go away, even with a healthy lifestyle, is loose skin. If the skin is elastic enough, skin that stretched to cover the expanded belly can retract, but that is not the case for many women. This results in a pooch or muffin top around the belly.

Surgical Options

Given these changes, women are most drawn to breast and abdomen procedures following pregnancy. Breast lift is particularly popular to counteract sagging breasts. This surgery removes loose skin so that the breasts can sit higher on the chest. Dr. Funt can also adjust the size of the areolas as well as the projection of the nipples so that the breasts seem more youthful. For women who are unhappy with the size and fullness of their breasts after breastfeeding, breast augmentation is another option.

As for the loose skin around the stomach, tummy tuck is a transformative surgery. With this procedure, Dr. Funt removes excess skin, pulling the remaining skin taut for a flat, smooth appearance. Women who also shed most of their baby weight but still find themselves far from their goal weight are good candidates for liposuction. This surgery suctions out stubborn fat cells from problem areas like the stomach and thighs to achieve nicer contours. Many women choose to combine liposuction with tummy tuck after pregnancy.

Interested in Mommy Makeover?

If you are dissatisfied with the condition of your body after having a baby and are considering plastic surgery, come speak to elite NYC surgeon Dr. Funt. He can share what each procedure can do for your body, so that you can decide whether mommy makeover (a combination of procedures designed to produce appealing contours to a woman’s body) is the right choice for you. To arrange a consultation, please fill out this online form.

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