There’s no question about it — pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood change your life forever. Mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, you shift focus and channel your energy into the new life you’ve brought into the world.
Unfortunately, this miraculous event also changes you physically. And if you’ve given birth multiple times, the repeat experience coupled with age can render your body almost unrecognizable.
If you’re done having kids and you want to recapture your prepregnancy look, you may be the perfect candidate for a mommy makeover.
Dr. Melinda Miller-Thrasher, our board-certified OB/GYN here at Innovative Women’s HealthCare Solutions in Smyrna and Atlanta, Georgia, specializes in gynecologic and cosmetic surgery. She has the perfect combination of skill and aesthetic artistry to resculpt your body and undo the effects of pregnancy.
What pregnancy does to your body
If you’ve had a baby or two, you probably already know what pregnancy does to your body — you’re living with the results. But here’s a closer look at some of the physical changes a woman’s body goes through during pregnancy and childbirth.
- Your breasts enlarge, then shrink and sag
- Your abdomen stretches beyond its limit, then shrivels and sags
- You gain and lose weight all over — or just gain weight and keep it
- Your vagina stretches out and may sustain tissue damage
- Sex can become less enjoyable and orgasms less frequent
- You may develop urinary leakage
- You develop stretch marks
Whether only one of these changes has happened to you, or you can claim all of them, you may have trouble correcting the issues on your own. In some cases, a healthy diet and exercise can help, but for many women, the changes are too drastic. That’s where the mommy makeover comes in.
What’s included in a mommy makeover?
Unlike a traditional makeover that involves makeup and a new hairstyle, a mommy makeover can include a combination of surgical and non surgical procedures.
During your consultation with Dr. Miller-Thrasher, she talks to you about your goals, your desires, lifestyle, and your expectations. She also considers your age and medical history before she develops a customized mommy makeover just for you.
Although the individual procedures are nothing new, the beauty of the mommy makeover is that Dr. Miller-Thrasher can combine several treatments into a single surgical session to streamline the process and reduce your recovery time.
Here are some of the procedures that might be part of your personalized mommy makeover.
Tummy tucks are time-honored surgical procedures that address lax muscles and skin in the abdominal area.
A mini tummy tuck requires only one small incision at your pubic bone to remove a lower pooch. A traditional tummy tuck gets rid of bulges above and below the belly button.
During a mommy makeover, Dr. Miller-Thrasher often performs her signature “Innovative Snapback Procedure,” which involves both the tightening techniques of a tummy tuck and strategic liposuction to get rid of excess fat.
Your tummy isn’t the only place where stubborn fat settles after you’ve had kids. Many women gain diet-resistant fat pockets all over their bodies, including under the chin, arms, legs, back, and bottom.
Dr. Miller-Thrasher is a master at all types of liposuction, a procedure that sucks the fat cells out of the area so they can never store fat again.
Whether you breastfeed your babies or not, pregnancy fills your breasts with milk and stretches the skin. They also gain fat along with the rest of your body.
After childbirth and the breastfeeding phase, the breasts “deflate” and appear to shrivel. A combination of hormonal changes, aging, loss of collagen and elastin, and weakened muscles and connective tissues lead to saggy breasts.
As part of your mommy makeover, Dr. Miller-Thrasher can restore your cup size and contours with a fat transfer breast augmentation, and/or move your breasts back to their original positions with a breast lift.
Brazilian butt lift
If your backside has begun to droop since your childbearing days, a Brazilian butt lift may be just what you need to get your derriere back in shape. If gravity has taken its toll, a Booty Pop can lift it back into position. If you’ve lost volume, Dr. Miller-Thrasher can take a little extra fat from your waistline and inject it into your bottom for a fuller, rounder shape.
After a human being — or two or more — travels through your birth canal, it’s no surprise that your vagina may not look, feel, or work the way it did before kids.
Vaginoplasty tightens your vaginal tissues so you feel like your old self again, and sex is more pleasurable for you and your partner.
If your genitals have lost their appeal as well, labiaplasty rejuvenates the area so clothes fit and look better, and you feel confident naked.
To schedule a mommy makeover consultation with Dr. Miller-Thrasher, call either of our Georgia offices or book online, and make this Valentine’s Day an act of self-love.