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Pregnancy & Plastic Surgery Together: Is Plastic Surgery Safe?

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While no surgeon will recommend plastic surgery while a woman is pregnant unless an emergency procedure is required, there is something called a Mommy Makeover to help women regain their former bodies. It may sound tempting to get rid of all that extra weight, stretch marks, and loose skin as soon as possible, but you will have to wait at least a little before getting started with a Mommy Makeover. Use this time to consult with a physician and your plastic surgeon about all the prep you may have to do to be ready for this type of surgery.

Learn more about what this makeover entails, when this type of plastic surgery is safe, and more when you read on for advice from Salameh Plastic Surgery.

When Can You Get A Mommy Makeover?

Your makeover will not return you to your pre-baby body just a couple of weeks after you’ve given birth. Since you have to recover from the immense physical and emotional strain of carrying and delivering a baby, plastic surgery while pregnant is out of the question and we won’t start any procedures for at least six months. Your abdominal tissue, labial tissue, and other parts of your body need to fully heal before scheduling any surgical procedures.

Plastic surgery is only safe when you follow all the instructions and guidelines provided by your physician and plastic surgeon.

Why Get A Makeover?

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If you need to wait so long before starting the Mommy Makeover, why not just do it the old fashioned way with diet and exercise? Unfortunately, pregnancy hormones can change your body for the long-term. Some of the changes you may be experiencing that require surgery include:

  • New Stubborn Fat Deposits
  • Loose Skin
  • Stretch Marks
  • Labia Stretching or Tearing
  • Changes in Breast Shape
  • Damage to Abdominal Muscles

Sometimes plastic surgery is the safest way to repair these issues, as diet and exercise alone may not provide your desired outcome.

Procedures in a Mommy Makeover

There are a number of procedures recommended for moms post-pregnancy that can repair and rejuvenate their bodies. You can choose some or all of these procedures to tailor your own recovery plan with the assistance of Dr. Salameh.

Labiaplasty

During birth, your labia minora must stretch substantially to accommodate the baby. Many women experience permanent stretching or tearing that causes the labia minora to extend beyond the protective labia majora. This can be painful and uncomfortable, as the labia minora is extremely sensitive. To correct this problem, you can undergo a labiaplasty that will remove the excess skin and conceal the area once again.

Breast Lift & Augmentation

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Because your breasts expand and contract so dramatically during milk production, it’s not unusual for them to change size and shape. You may go up several cup sizes during pregnancy and then drop down to something smaller than your original size after breastfeeding is done. Many women are left with smaller, sagging breasts that require surgical assistance to fix. This plastic surgery procedure is only safe after you’ve finished breastfeeding and your milk production is stagnant.

The exact procedures you need will depend entirely on a consultation with Dr. Salameh. He can help determine if you should simply fill your reduced breast size or if you also need a lift.

Tummy Tuck

Sometimes, a woman’s abdominal muscles are separated and stretched due to multiple pregnancies. There is a section of tissue that connects the two lateral sections in your abdominal muscles that can permanently tear and cause your stomach to stick out even after months of exercising and dieting.

The only way to regain your taut tummy is through safe plastic surgery. A tummy tuck flattens the abdomen by removing extra skin and fat, and tightening the muscles in your abdominal wall that may not respond to traditional diet and exercise efforts.

Liposuction

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Liposuction is primarily designed to help remove those stubborn fat deposits that are caused by hormone changes your body undergoes while pregnant. If you notice areas in your hips, thighs, and stomach that aren’t shrinking with healthy diet or exercise, plastic surgery is a safe alternative option that can help.

Even though it is a straightforward procedure, we do not recommend even liposuction plastic surgery while pregnant.

Mommy Makeovers at Salameh Plastic Surgery

There are a number of other procedures that you can discuss with Dr. Salameh to target your own personal problem areas post-delivery, and our goal is to provide the most natural-looking results possible. Whether you’re interested in a Thigh Lift or Upper Body Lift, we can help you achieve your pre-baby body!

We strive to ensure that all plastic surgery is safe and convenient for any new mother. Learn more about your options when you reach out to us today.

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