Plastic Surgery After Pregnancy Chicago
Many women just want their bodies back after pregnancy and nursing. This process always starts with developing a healthy nutritional and exercise plan to restore your core muscle tone and strength.
Definition of a Mommy Makeover
According to Collins dictionary mommy makeover is defined as a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to reverse physical changes in a woman after childbirth. In Dr. Casas’s practice, a Mommy Makeover is a term that describes the process that women undergo to restore their pre-pregnancy body shape.
What to Expect at your Consultation with Dr. Casas
Dr. Laurie Casas can help you understand that it is only when you use a combination of building back your core muscle tone and strength, adopting a healthy nutritional and supplement plan and then possibly using non-surgical and surgical procedures that you can effectively reverse the changes to your breasts and body after pregnancy and lactation. Together, Dr. Casas will help you decide the best approach to restoring your body.
Options for a Mommy Makeover
Often times small collections of unwanted fat can be frozen with Coolsculpting. Because there are excellent noninvasive sculpting devices, many women start their journey by sculpting their arms, back, hip areas, outer and inner thighs with Coolsculpting, which is very effective for exercise, and diet resistant fat deposits that appeared after pregnancy.
Other patients may also require some skin tightening with sculpting. Dr. Casas will then discuss the option of treating those areas with a laser treatment like Smart Lipo. Dr. Casas can perform procedures to restore your breast shape and size and your tummy shape individually or in combination. Dr. Casas will discuss the typical mommy makeover breast and tummy procedures like breast reduction or breast lift with or without breast implants, body contouring and sculpting with or without minimal to full Tummy tuck. When a patient has nursed sometimes their breasts may look deflated or saggy with lost volume. Dr. Casas will discuss options like breast lifts with or without breast implants.
Dr. Casas will always first stress the need for a healthy nutritional and exercise plan. From her 30 years of experience in helping women restore their tummy shape, Dr. Casas will report that many women can regain their core strength without the need for surgical intervention. In her practice tummy tucks typically only treat the extra tummy skin that hangs or feels loose.
Lastly, some women are also concerned about the distortion of their labia following natural childbirth. Labiaplasty can sometimes be the answer.
Mommy Makeover Results
As one of the national spokeswomen for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) and past president of the Aesthetic Society Education and Research Foundation (ASERF) Dr. Laurie Casas has been quoted on the topic of Mommy Makeover Procedures. In New Beauty magazine Dr. Laurie Casas provided her expertise in an article about breast enhancement surgery after pregnancy. Pregnancy and lactation cause breast changes leading to smaller, more saggy breasts. Dr. Casas was quoted as saying that “Women are emotionally traumatized when a beautiful event like pregnancy and lactation adversely affects their breasts” Dr. Casas reported that many new moms undergo breast augmentation in addition to a breast lift to restore their breast size, fullness and firmness.
In a Fox news report, Dr. Casas dispelled the myth that “A ‘Mommy Makeover’ = Improved Sex Life?” She was quoted saying “I would never say, ‘Have your breasts enlarged or have a tummy tuck so you can have a better sex life”, however she adds, if someone said, ‘Doctor, I feel so bad about my tummy after having three kids, I am embarrassed to have sex with my husband’ Dr. Casas will discuss that a body-contouring procedure may help them feel better about their body and can give them the confidence to feel good about themselves in an intimate setting, She added that “Patients say, ‘I am so proud of my body. And my husband and I have so much more fun.’”
Two prospective studies support this observation. These studies have been published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal (ASJ) and were authored by Dr. Sarwar, Dr. Laurie Casas and other Plastic Surgeons and documented that “patients reported improvements in their overall appearance and body image, the appearance of and their degree of dissatisfaction with the feature altered by surgery, and the frequency of negative body image emotions in specific social situations through 24 months after surgery. These improvements were first evident at 3 months postoperatively and were maintained, without deterioration, through 2 years following surgery.”
In an MSNBC article, Dr. Laurie Casas answers the question: How to battle the post-baby bulge?, She champions the utility of diet and exercise but admits that, “Factors beyond a woman’s control, such as skin elasticity, also come into play. Some women’s skin simply stretches better during pregnancy than others…. That’s why many women get stretch marks, and the lucky others don’t.” Women who develop stretch marks and skin laxity and excess often choose to undergo a tummy tuck procedure to definitively restore their pre-pregnancy tummy.
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Mommy makeover procedures can be combined or staged depending on your goals, the time you have available to recover and your family needs. In addition, many of these procedures can be safely performed under local anesthesia at Dr. Casas’s hospital based office procedure room.
After an in depth consultation, Dr. Laurie Casas will help you decide based on your general health, support system to recover and your goals whether to combine procedures or stage them. The key is to make an appointment for a consultation to better understand what is required to reach your goals. Call Dr. Casas at 847-657-6884 to schedule a consultation.
- David B. Sarwer, Lauren M. Gibbons, Leanne Magee, James L. Baker, Laurie A. Casas, Paul M. Glat, Alan H. Gold, Mark L. Jewell, Don LaRossa, Foad Nahai, and V. Leroy Young
A Prospective, Multi-Site Investigation of Patient Satisfaction and Psychosocial Status Following Cosmetic Surgery
Aesthetic Surgery Journal May 2005 25: 263-269, doi:10.1016/j.asj.2005.03.009
- David B. Sarwer, Alison L. Infield, James L. Baker, Laurie A. Casas, Paul M. Glat, Alan H. Gold, Mark L. Jewell, Don LaRossa, Foad Nahai, and V. Leroy Young
Two-Year Results of a Prospective, Multi-Site Investigation of Patient Satisfaction and Psychosocial Status Following Cosmetic Surgery
Aesthetic Surgery Journal May 2008 28: 245-250, doi:10.1016/j.asj.2008.02.003