There are few events in life as rewarding and as gratifying as building a family. For mothers, however, having one or more children can cause significant changes to the body. These changes occur for a number of reasons that are natural side effects of pregnancy and birth. Hormones, weight gain, fluid retention, weight loss, gravity, and breast feeding can all cause changes to the body. Most women experience one or more of the following after pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding:
- Sagging and deflation of the breasts
- Enlargement of the nipple and areola
- Excess skin and stretch marks of the abdominal wall
- Fatty deposits around the waist, flanks, and thighs
- Muscle laxity of the abdominal wall (rectus diastasis)
- Changes to the belly button
- Facial wrinkling and aging
Dr. Neil J. Zemmel has been dedicated to helping mothers achieve their pre-pregnancy bodies since 2004. At his practice Richmond Aesthetic Surgery, Dr. Zemmel is pleased to offer a number of solutions to these problems. Women may be comforted in knowing that it is now possible to turn back the clock on these physical changes with cosmetic surgery. Dr. Zemmel will tailor a treatment plan specifically for your goals and desires.
Dr. Zemmel’s Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures that target the breast, abdomen, flanks, and thighs to bring you back to your youthful, pre-pregnancy state.
Dr. Zemmel believes the Mommy Makeover is part cosmetic surgery and part reconstructive surgery. Dr. Zemmel will give you the most natural and proportional results avoiding an “overdone” look.
Rejuvenation of the Breast
After pregnancy and breastfeeding, many women may are sad to lose the fullness achieved during pregnancy. They may be left with breasts that they do not recognize. These changes can include loss of volume and sagging of the breasts, enlargement of the areola, and down pointing of the nipples. A number of options exist for rejuvenating the breasts. They include breast augmentation with saline or silicone implants, breast lifting, and a combination of breast augmentation and breast lifting.
The ultimate goal of these procedures is to restore volume, shape and contour to breasts and place the nipple in the most aesthetic location. A breast implant may be necessary to restore lost volume of the breast when breast tissue has atrophied. Often times the breast has simply “deflated.” If there is not too much excess skin and the nipple is located in the proper position on the breast, a breast implant may be all that is needed. However, if the nipple is faced downward and the breast is located low on the chest, a breast lift may be necessary. This will reposition the breasts and nipple areola higher on the chest wall. If a mother wants a larger breast size, however, implants are necessary. Dr. Zemmel offers both silicone and saline implants depending on the patient’s desires and the soft tissue characteristics of the breast and chest wall. For patients preferring silicone, new generations of cohesive gel implants are now approved by the FDA. Patients rave about the natural look and feel of these silicone implants.
Rejuvenation of the Abdomen, Trunk, and Legs
After the breasts are rejuvenated, mothers may next notice that their abdomen is fuller and laxer than it used to be. This “pouch” may be a combination of excess skin, fat, stretch marks and a distorted belly button. Exercise is always important to maintain overall health, muscle tone, and muscle mass. However, in many cases it may be impossible to improve the lower abdomen with exercise alone. Excess skin containing stretch marks typically does not respond to exercise and must be surgically treated. A tummy tuck procedure is the most common solution for these mothers once they are finished having a family. A tummy tuck removes excess, lax skin from the lower abdomen, tightens to muscles of the abdominal wall, and brings the belly button out through a new opening. Dr. Zemmel’s patients typically enjoy a remarkable return of their flat, tight, pre-pregnancy abdomen.
Rejuvenation of the Face
Depending on your goals, a top to bottom Mommy Makeover would end with the face. Years of sleepless nights may hasten the aging around the eyes and cause dropping of the upper eyelids and forehead. Your friends may wonder if you are getting enough sleep even when you feel rested. Fortunately there are effective procedures for rejuvenating the eyes. They range from minimally invasive treatment such as Botox and Juvederm injections, to surgical procedures including eye lid tucks (blepharoplasty) and brow lifting. Botox injections may be used to soften the “crow’s feet” or the frown lines that are early signs of aging. It may also be used to raise the eyebrows giving a browlift, which opens the eyes. Botox can also be used to soften lipstick lines. Botox treatment takes only minutes and the results last for months. When a person experiences the benefits of Botox, they frequently comment that they’re surprised how easy it is to take years off of their appearance. Surgery on the eyelids (blepharoplasty) requires a 5 to 7 day recovery, but the improvements are permanent and substantial. When patients have hooding of the upper eyelids or bags under their eyes, they are typically good candidates for eyelid surgery. The scars are minimal and patients may return to work within a few days of surgery. For many women cosmetic surgery is a well-deserved reward after the emotional and physical challenges of motherhood. Dr. Zemmel’s Mommy Makeover’s goal is to restore your body to its former pre-pregnancy glory.
Rejuvenation of the Skin
The Mommy Makeover is not limited to surgical procedures, we are very proud to offer our mommies a full range of laser treatments and the Obagi Skin Care line.
Laser treatments can be very effective in diminishing post-baby C-Section scarring, removing unsightly leg veins, regrettable sun damage and that tattoo that you just don’t want to explain to a three –year old. All laser treatments are performed by Dr. Zemmel or board certified physician’s assistant, Emily Leisy.
The Obagi Skin care line can help you retain or restore that youthful pregnancy glow. Obagi products primarily address your concerns regarding sun damage, skin discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles, acne and rosacea. The Obagi Skin care is a medical skin care line that is not available in stores. Everyone in the office, even Dr. Zemmel, is using a combination of Obagi products that best suits our individual needs. So if you have any questions or are just curious about the results, don’t hesitate to ask us.
For more information about pricing and your options, please contact our office or visit our sister website www.drzemmel.com
Directions to Our Office
Dr. Zemmel is proud to provide his plastic surgery services to patients traveling from nearby cities. For your convenience, we have provided driving directions to our practice from the following locations: