Having a baby is one of the most wonderful experiences a woman can have. As a mother myself, I can attest to the many joys of having children, but also to some of its less desirable effects on our body. With pregnancy, your body undergoes many changes, and often these cannot be reversed no matter how much you exercise and diet. Many parts of your body are affected by pregnancy, including especially your breasts, belly, flanks, hips and skin. Your breasts may droop, and sometimes become smaller or larger, or the nipple position may change. The shape is usually not the same as it was before the baby. Your abdominal muscles may become lax and stretched out, or the skin may sag because of stretch marks. Your belly and thighs may also accumulate fat that wasn’t there before the pregnancy. Many of these post-maternity changes can be subtle, or quite dramatic, and can evolve over time. Whether you are a new mom or have grown children, if some of these changes bother you, we offer plastic surgery procedures that can improve them and bring you closer to your pre-baby self. Often it is possible to combine these procedures in one operative session, which minimizes the down time you need to get your body back to how it was before the baby.
A Mother’s Perspective
As a mother of five children, I understand full well the changes a woman’s body undergoes with pregnancy. I also know that each pregnancy is different, and each patient is unique. Having had children myself, I have personally experienced the physical and psychological changes that accompany childbearing, and I am best able to design an individualized treatment plan for you. When you come into our office for a consultation, we will discuss all the different surgical options available, and will design a unique solution tailored just for you. We will guide you to a well informed decision on how to proceed, in order to get the best and most natural results possible for you.
Breast Beauty After Baby
Pregnancy and breastfeeding combine to change the shape and size of your breasts, and often these changes are not reversible. Surgery of the breasts, including breast lift (mastopexy) , breast augmentation, and breast reduction, can greatly improve the appearance of your breasts. Sometimes the breast liftand augmentation need to be performed together in order to achieve optimal results. If the nipple position is too low, this too can be improved with either a breast lift or reduction, as necessary.
Dr. Hutchinson will spend time to discuss all these procedures and which one(s) is best for you. She specializes in short scar or minimal incision types of procedures, which often significantly reduce the number and length of scars. This will give you the least noticeable and best hidden scars.
Belly Beauty After Baby
The abdominal muscles and skin are significantly affected by your pregnancy, being stretched out by the baby as well as by the additional weight you gain while pregnant and nursing. After delivery, and regardless of how much you diet and exercise, there may be residual changes in your tummy. You may notice excess skin or stretch marks, extra fat in the abdomen or thighs, or a loss of your shape with widening of your waistline.
There are numerous surgical options available to correct these changes. Dr. Hutchinson performs liposuction, abdominoplasty and modified or mini abdominoplasty, and will take the time to discuss which procedures are best for you. She will use the smallest incisions necessary to produce an optimal result, and will formulate an operative plan that best suits your body and your wishes.