Address Post-Pregnancy Changes to Your Body and Breasts in Austin, TX
Pregnancy and breastfeeding are some of the most memorable times of your life, but unfortunately, they can also take a permanent toll on your body. Perhaps you are too busy with your kids to notice the signs at first: stretched skin, loose abdominal muscles, and breasts that appear saggy and deflated. However, there will likely be a point when you will look in the mirror and see those changes, which may lead to dissatisfaction with your appearance. Some women report frustration with the fact that even after they lose the baby weight, they still have difficulty finding clothes to fit into their new shape. For these women, there is a Mommy Makeover at Austin's Christine Fisher MD.
"Mommy Makeover" is a colloquial term for a commonly performed combination of procedures designed to restore both the function and the form of your body after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Often done in a single visit, these procedures are customizable but typically include abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and breast enhancement through augmentation, a lift, or a combination of the two. In some cases, liposuction is added to the mix to sculpt and refine your results. Dr. Fisher and her women-led team of experienced professionals will work with you to identify your concerns and create the right Mommy Makeover plan for you that will address all of them.
Why Should You Consider a Mommy Makeover?
If you are considering a Mommy Makeover, you have probably seen changes to your breasts and midsection that can be attributed to the rigors of pregnancy and breastfeeding. You might notice your abdomen isn't as flat as it was before kids, and no matter how often you sweat it out at the gym, you can't get that final bit of bulge to go away completely. Your breasts may look deflated after breastfeeding, or they may have remained enlarged and uncomfortable. Sagging breasts are a common problem that sends women to our office looking for rejuvenation and a more youthful body contour as well. Functionally, the rejoining of abdominal muscles through a tummy tuck can also help some women get over issues including postpartum incontinence and back pain. In fact, the body can change so dramatically after having children, Dr. Fisher considers a Mommy Makeover to be post-pregnancy reconstructive surgery designed to restore your body to its original form and function before children came into your life.
A Mommy Makeover could be a good choice for you if you are in good general health and finished having children. Results are best for non-smokers and those who have achieved a stable weight for at least six months. The surgeries included with the procedure won't prevent you from getting pregnant in the future, but additional pregnancies and breastfeeding can alter the outcome of your surgery. You will need to be ready to take some time off to recover from your procedure, which could mean recruiting help with the kids and house in the weeks following surgery. Dr. Fisher will cover all these points with you at your initial Mommy Makeover consultation to ensure you are prepared for the procedure and that it will meet your expectations and aesthetic goals.
Body Restoration Designed for You
What parts of your body would you like to restore and enhance? Your Mommy Makeover can be customized to your precise concerns and desired results. Some of the common concerns addressed through the Mommy Makeover procedure include:
- Breasts that have lost their fullness and volume
- Sagging breasts that contribute to an aged appearance
- Nipples that have enlarged or point down instead of outward
- Stubborn bulges in the abdomen that won't reduce with exercise
- Loose skin in the midsection due to weight fluctuations
- Isolated deposits of fat that you have not been able to eliminate on your own
This is the most common list of concerns addressed by a Mommy Makeover, but you are not limited to these goals when you schedule your procedure. Dr. Fisher also offers methods of vaginal rejuvenation and advanced facial aesthetic treatments for women who are interested in addressing other areas. In some cases, all of these Mommy Makeover treatments can be performed in a single session, although Dr. Fisher may also recommend staggering procedures if the planned transformation is more extensive.
Christine Fisher, M.D.
- Known for natural-looking aesthetic results in breast reconstruction and cosmetic surgery.
- Elected by her peers for inclusion in Texas Monthly's Texas Super Doctors®: Rising Stars listing.
- Reconstructed over 1,500 patients, including more than 500 DIEP flap reconstructions.
- 4.9-star average rating over hundreds of reviews for cosmetic surgery.
Your Mommy Makeover Surgery Experience
Firstly, you will meet with Dr. Fisher for an in-depth appointment to discuss your life and activities and to share your concerns. Dr. Fisher will listen to your goals and explain the safe options for a Mommy Makeover, or, as she likes to put it, post-maternity restorative surgery. Dr. Fisher will draw your procedure for you so you have a visual and explain the details of recovery and the results to expect.
On the day of surgery, Dr. Fisher will perform your Mommy Makeover, choosing general anesthesia so that you will be comfortably asleep throughout your procedure. The precise steps of the surgery will depend on the treatments you have chosen.
Mommy Makeover: Breast Enhancement
If you feel your breasts are deflated and would like a breast augmentation as part of your Mommy Makeover, Dr. Fisher will make incisions underneath the breast in the crease or the pigmented area surrounding the nipple, known as the areola. No matter which location is used, Dr. Fisher will take great care to minimize visible scarring after your surgery. Through the incisions, Dr. Fisher can perform a variety of enhancement processes as part of a Mommy Makeover, including adding fullness by placing implants in the breast pocket, lifting the breasts to a more youthful position or removing excess skin and tissue to reduce the size of the breasts and create a more proportionate appearance. Occasionally a deflated breast with a drooping shape can achieve an augmented, full look without a breast implant by doing a breast lift alone or with fat grafting to the breast.
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Breast enhancement typically involves a variety of choices, from the type and size of the implant you select to the placement of the incisions. Dr. Fisher will cover all these options at your consultation so your procedure is tailored to your expectations, and you are prepared for your surgery. Known for her aesthetic eye for both reconstructive and cosmetic breast procedures, Dr. Fisher is uniquely qualified to provide Austin-area patients with natural, beautiful results after a Mommy Makeover.
Mommy Makeover: Tummy Tuck
Abdominoplasty, the technical name for a tummy tuck, involves an incision that extends across the lower abdomen, hidden below the bikini line. The abdominal muscles can be surgically tightened and excess skin and tissue removed for a smooth, firm, flat profile. If necessary during a Mommy Makeover, the belly button will be relocated to ensure the result is both natural and proportionate. Liposuction may be added to provide additional sculpting of the torso. Liposuction can be used in this area to sculpt the tummy and create the toned shape many women want and cannot easily achieve after having children.
Mommy Makeover: Liposuction
If liposuction is added to your Mommy Makeover, Dr. Fisher will insert a very small tube called a "cannula" into the deposit of fat you want removed. The cannula gently loosens the fat before suctioning it out of the body, leaving you with a smoother contour in the treatment area. Incisions used for entry of the cannula are usually closed with one hidden suture and leave little or no scarring behind. In addition to using liposuction to sculpt the midsection, Dr. Fisher can also use it during a Mommy Makeover to put the finishing touch on your breast enhancement or on other areas of the body where stubborn fat is interfering with a fit, youthful body shape.
The Mommy Makeover Recovery Process
Recovery from your Mommy Makeover depends on the specific procedures you choose. If breast enhancement is part of your surgery, recovery time is about one to two weeks before you will feel like returning to most of your regular activities. For a tummy tuck, that timeframe is closer to three weeks, and plan to take at least two weeks off work. Strenuous exercise will be restricted longer, usually up to six weeks, to give your body ample time to fully heal. Dr. Fisher will advise you on activity levels throughout the Mommy Makeover process to ensure you are back in action as quickly as possible without compromising the recovery process.
During the Mommy Makeover recovery period, you will experience some bruising, swelling, and discomfort. Rest assured we will be available to support you through the recuperation process, answering your questions and addressing concerns should they arise. We will see you regularly after your surgery to monitor your progress, and you will have a full list of post-operative instructions designed to keep you as comfortable as possible and avoid complications. Medication and compression garments will also be prescribed to help you manage pain, reduce swelling, and prevent infection after a Mommy Makeover.
Results You Can Love for Years
Once your body heals and the bruising and swelling subsides, the results of your Mommy Makeover will start to become evident. You should see perkier, fuller breasts and a flatter, smoother abdominal area that further enhances your overall contour. You will be able to enjoy your new and improved body for many years, as long as you maintain a stable weight after surgery. Weight fluctuations and pregnancy can significantly alter the results of the Mommy Makeover procedure, which may necessitate additional treatments to restore your desired contour.
The rewards of motherhood are abundant, but the toll it can take on your body can also be significant. Dr. Fisher understands this personally as she is a mother to three young children. You spend your time caring for others; now is the time to focus on you by investing in a Mommy Makeover that can restore the form and function of your body. Dr. Fisher combines her skill and artistry in all procedures to produce an aesthetically pleasing look from a woman's perspective of form, beauty, and balance. Post-pregnancy reconstruction is a way to regain your youthful appearance and vitality while improving the function of your body at the same time.