Pregnancy is an immensely fulfilling and rewarding experience. You are bringing a human being into this world from your own body, in a process that is practically magical, and once the child is born your life will forever be changed for the better.
Yet there is no denying that pregnancy has the potential to ravage a woman’s body. Every woman is affected differently, depending on genetics, age, diet, term, the size of the baby, and much more. For some women, the process is easy, with very few physical changes. For others, it can leave excess skin, marks, and changes to the shape and size of different body parts that will never go away, and can occasionally cause stress, anxiety, and a lack of body confidence.
Post-Pregnancy Plastic Surgery
The decision to opt for plastic surgery is a personal one, and not everyone will or should feel the need to change their bodies when they feel confident after giving birth. But from years of experience, it’s clear that many women struggle with their bodies after pregnancy. Luckily, there are many procedures that help you get your body back.
Tummy Tucks – One of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in Orange County after pregnancy is the tummy tuck. Tummy tucks remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen, tighten the abdominal muscles (which can be stretched after pregnancy), and then reattach the skin in a way that makes it appear firmer, healthier, and more youthful. It is best for women that are not planning on having additional children.
Breast Lifts or Augmentation – Women also have the option of either a breast lift or a breast augmentation. Breast lifts, as the name implies, lift the skin of the breast upwards to prevent sagging, but keep the tissues and natural fat of the breast the same (although it may be reshaped slightly to a more desirable position. Breast augmentation involves placing a breast implant that adds a specific shape to the breast. Both breast lifts and breast augmentation can be completed together as well.
Liposuction of the Love Handles / Flanks – Much like the abdomen, pregnancy can have a profound effect on the love handles/waist. This area is one of the most popular to reshape with liposuction, especially since it is prone to “stubborn fat” which doesn’t easily go away with diet and exercise. Liposuction of the love handles can also be combined with the tummy tuck.
Labiaplasty / Vaginal Rejuvenation – For vaginal births, a woman’s private area can experience changes that can cause discomfort, as well as a lack of confidence in intimate settings. There are several plastic surgery procedures that can effectively reshape this area to make it more aesthetically pleasing, as well as remove excess skin and tissue that may be affecting the feel of your intimate life.
Other body contouring procedures include thigh lifts, butt lifts, and in some cases liposuction in other areas of the body, although these depend on the specific patient.
When to Talk About Plastic Surgery
Many of the changes to your body after giving birth will go away within the first 6 months to a year, and it is much healthier to wait until at least 6 months before considering plastic surgery. However, if 6+ months have passed and you’re not feeling confident with your body, please feel free and give us a call today at (949) 644-2442. We can talk about what’s causing you that lack of confidence, and discuss solutions in Orange County that can help bring it back for you.