Breast Enlargement (Augmentation)
One dilemma mothers–to–be face is whether or not to breastfeed. Many worry that breastfeeding will ruin the shape of their breasts. The truth is breastfeeding is not the culprit and it offers women and their babies numerous health benefits. Changes in the breasts actually occur during pregnancy. As the body prepares to nurture a child, milk glands in the breasts swell and replace fatty tissue. After childbirth, these glands shrink.What’s left is a skin “Envelope” with little to fill it. This causes the breasts to look less full or sag. Plastic surgery offers safe, natural–looking implants that return your breasts to their youthful contour. Your plastic surgeon can perform breast augmentation on an outpatient basis, with either local or general anesthetic.
The small incisions are virtually undetectable, usually made under each breast, around the nipples or in the armpits. Implants may be inserted just under the gland of the breast or beneath the muscle tissue. Stitches are removed after approximately one week.Some women experience extensive swelling in their breasts during pregnancy. In addition to the postpartum loss of fat tissue, swelling can cause the skin to stretch and sag. And no amount of exercise will re–tighten this skin.An outpatient procedure called “Mastopexy” can remove excess skin and reduce sagging. Your plastic surgeon can use local or general anesthetic to tighten skin on the lower half of the breasts, which lifts and firms them.
Stomach Tightening (Abdominoplasty or Lipectomy)
Nowhere else is pregnancy more evident than a woman’s abdomen. It was the nine–month home to your infant. It’s also the place where stretch marks, C–section scars and loose skin may linger long after childbirth. These “Badges of motherhood” can frustrate and depress a woman even as she rejoices at the life her body helped create. Lipectomy is a procedure that can remove the “Pooch” of excess skin that lies below your navel.
It can get rid of stretch marks and turn a very visible vertical C–section scar into a small bikini line that’s easy to conceal. Many women have this operation done at the same time as a tubal ligation or a hysterectomy. Your plastic surgeon may admit patients to the hospital for one or two days. If you have only a small amount of excess skin, you may be a candidate for a mini–lipectomy (a less extensive procedure often done under local anesthetic) that still yields an impressive improvement.