While many women love the idea of having children of their own, the toll that pregnancy and childbirth can have on the body is not always as enjoyable. Fortunately, there are solutions. Dr. Alvarez has many years of experience in aesthetic surgery and he has helped many women to feel great about their appearance and comfortable once again in their own skin following pregnancy.
During pregnancy, women gain weight as the fetus grows. This causes the skin to stretch in different areas. After pregnancy, women may lose the weight they’ve gained but they are often left with trouble spots that prove resistant to diet and exercise. The Mommy Makeover is a common procedure used to help address these problem areas. While this is a very customizable surgery, it often includes a tummy tuck and breast surgery.
After pregnancy or even numerous pregnancies, some women may develop a soft or squishy stomach area that diet and exercise just cannot fix. Dr. Alvarez can perform a tummy tuck to help remove the excess skin and fat from the abdominal area. The result is a smoother and firmer midsection that will help boost your confidence and let you slip into the bikini you have long desired. There are different tummy tuck techniques that can be used depending on the individual patient. The standard tummy tuck targets the abdominal area from the hips to the bottom of the rib cage. The less extensive mini tummy tuck, on the other hand, does not focus on the entire midsection, but primarily focuses on the area below the belly button.
The standard tummy tuck procedure is performed with general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. An incision will be made from hip to hip, typically in the low midriff section so underwear and pants can cover it. Working through the incision, excess skin and fat will be removed and weakened or separated abdominal muscles will be tightened.
Liposuction is another procedure to consider to remove excess fat from different areas of the body, such as the tummy, thighs or arms. Multiple areas can be treated at the same time with liposuction. Liposuction procedures in the thigh or hip area and in the arms can be combined with a lift procedure, such as a thigh lift, buttock lift, or arm lift. This can help to provide a smoother and firmer overall look.
Breast Reduction, Breast Lift and Breast Augmentation
Pregnancy and breast feeding often take its biggest toll on the breasts. For some women, the breasts remain larger after pregnancy. For others, the breasts loose their volume and often sag. Women who are bothered by a larger breast size after pregnancy can consider a breast reduction to help take some of the extra weight off of the chest and back areas and return the breasts to a more proportional size. If the excess weight of the breasts have caused significant drooping, a breast lift will help lift the breasts and provide a more youthful and pert appearance. The procedures are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. That way patients can go home and rest during the recovery period.
After pregnancy, women may find that their breasts have lost volume and reduced in size. By performing a breast augmentation with the desired implant of the patient’s choice, Dr. Alvarez can restore a fuller appearance to the breasts. Just like a breast reduction, the procedure is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Patients may need to take several days to a week off of work, and it is a good idea to have someone with you during the initial recovery period to help you with everyday tasks. Getting as much rest as you can and making sure you are staying healthy during the recovery process will help make sure you are on the right track.
If you are interested in learning more about the Mommy Makeover, contact Dr. Alvarez’s office at 305-600-4146 to schedule your consultation appointment.