Everything That A Mommy Makeover Can Do For You

Dr. Karan Chopra was guided and advised by visionaries of the field with hands-on experience at the esteemed Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. There he honed his skills in complex facial and orbital reconstructive surgery at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center; completing a dual aesthetic and oculoplastic fellowship with Dr. Mark Codner. At the forefront of advancing cosmetic surgery, his revolutionary techniques and artful hand yield natural-looking results unique to each of his patients. Recognized for his prominent education and training pedigree, Dr. Chopra is revered for his leadership and research in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has authored 53 peer-reviewed research articles and has given over 20 lectures across the U.S. Haute Beauty expert Dr. Karan Chopra thoroughly explains what a Mommy Makeover entails and the common procedures performed.

mommy makeoverPhoto Credit: ShutterstockMotherhood is one of the most gratifying experiences of life, but it comes with significant changes to the physique. As bodies adjust postpartum, sometimes the physical changes can take an emotional toll. Noticeable differences include abdomen skin laxity or muscle bulge, breast deflation or sagging, and generalized increase in fat deposition in the “love-handles” or inner thighs. These changes can be significant, and unfortunately, are typically resistant to diet and exercise.

Many patients struggle with lax or sagging skin in and around the breast and abdominal areas. Others experience more complicated challenges caused by overstretched or damaged muscles. Dr. Karan Chopra, a partner at TC Plastic Surgery in the suburbs of Minneapolis, MN, explains that for this reason, the Mommy Makeover is one of the most requested procedures at his practice.

What is unique about a Mommy Makeover?

There is no standard set of procedures that comprise a Mommy Makeover. Instead, Dr. Chopra examines each patient and creates a uniquely customized artistic treatment plan based on the patient’s vision to revive confidence and joy in the body.

What does a Mommy Makeover include?

The Mommy Makeover is a series of treatments customized to comprehensively address the physical changes a woman's body undergoes during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Typically, it includes several procedures performed at once and is focused on corrective enhancements to restore a woman's body to a pre-pregnancy figure. General options include a Breast Lift, Tummy Tuck, Quick Recovery Breast Augmentation, Breast Reduction, Liposuction, Vaginal Rejuvenation, and Injectable Facial Rejuvenation Treatments.

Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

A breast lift is one of the most popular options in a Mommy Makeover. A breast lift elevates, rejuvenates, and restores the shape of breasts that are sagging or have become soft or flat due to pregnancy and nursing. Many women who desire additional breast volume can combine a Breast Augmentation with a Breast Lift for optimal enhancement depending on aesthetic goals.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

The effects of pregnancy are often most visible in the midsection. The abdominal muscles are stretched or torn from their natural position and exacerbated by an accumulation of loose skin and fatty deposits that create a protruding appearance. The sagging skin is often accompanied by stretch marks. Tummy tuck surgery can repair abdominal muscles, remove excess skin and fat in the midsection, and pull the remaining skin to create a flatter abdomen and slimmer waistline.

Quick Recovery Breast Augmentation

A breast augmentation can be an excellent way for women to restore lost volume in the breasts or achieve the desired volume. Dr. Chopra is a distinguished expert in performing Quick Recovery Breast Augmentation. An innovative procedure is designed to yield the benefits of conventional Breast Augmentation by utilizing advanced techniques and surgical instruments to minimize tissue damage and avoid contact with the ribs. The Quick Recovery technique decreases discomfort and recovery time, allowing patients to return to their daily routines faster than expected.

Breast Reduction

For individuals with large and heavy breasts, pregnancy and nursing can make the breasts even more pendulous and cumbersome. A breast reduction procedure makes the breasts more proportional to a woman's body while alleviating physical symptoms such as pain, discomfort, and poor posture. The procedure usually includes similar benefits of a breast lift, but it can also rearrange the breast tissue to improve shape and symmetry. Patients who undergo breast reduction usually characterize the procedure as one of the most rewarding cosmetic surgeries available.

Liposuction

Liposuction is a highly effective body sculpting procedure to remove targeted regions of localized fat in several areas. Some pockets of fat accumulation are resistant to diet and exercise, persisting even with the most intensive efforts. Liposuction gently extracts fat from these areas to improve the contour and definition of the region. Women who have undergone pregnancy commonly desire liposuction in the abdomen, flanks, arms, thighs, or back.

liposuctionPhoto Credit: ShutterstockVaginal Rejuvenation

After giving birth vaginally, you may notice a loose feeling in the vagina due to the weakening of the muscles in the interior walls. Vaginoplasty is a corrective procedure that removes excess tissues and tightens the underlying muscles of the cavity. In addition to improving sexual pleasure and self-confidence, many women report reduced urinary incontinence post-surgery when combined with pelvic floor strengthening exercises.

Injectable Facial Rejuvenation Treatments

Injectable treatments including BOTOX® Cosmetic, Restylane, and other dermal fillers smooth expression lines and creases and provide subtle additions of volume to achieve a rejuvenated facial appearance with little to no downtime.

What are some of the benefits of a Mommy Makeover?

A Mommy Makeover can be an efficient way to address multiple cosmetic concerns at once. An ideal candidate is healthy enough to undergo surgery and desires a comprehensive enhancement of the regions affected by pregnancy or nursing. Depending on the treatments chosen for a Mommy Makeover, benefits commonly include:

Breasts:
● Improved breast shape, volume, and symmetry
● Rejuvenated position and projection of the breasts

Abdomen:
● Restoration and tightening of stretched abdominal muscles back to their natural placement in the midline
● Removal of excess abdominal skin and fat for a flatter, smoother, and firmer abdomen
● Removal of isolated fatty deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise for a more defined contour

Vagina:
● Resolve stress urinary incontinence (SUI), which happens during coughing, sneezing, jumping
● Removal of excess tissue and tightening of the underlying muscles of the vagina

Face:
● Diminished appearance of wrinkles, folds, fine lines, and other signs of facial aging

How is a Mommy Makeover Performed?

The treatment plan for a Mommy Makeover differs for each patient according to the chosen procedures. Depending on whether the treatments are surgical or non-surgical, as well as the unique needs—the Mommy Makeover can be performed in one operation or through a series of sessions. After listening to the cosmetic concerns, Dr. Chopra will perform a physical examination and carefully review your medical history before recommending surgery.

If you proceed with the treatment plan, Dr. Chopra will inform you of every step of the process and provide a general timeline of what to expect. Dr. Chopra utilizes novel and advanced techniques honed through extensive training and experience to minimize visible scarring and deliver a natural-looking outcome. After completing the procedures, the length and nature of the recovery period will depend on the details of your treatment plan and your healing rate.

Choose the Right Surgeon for You

To learn more about what you can achieve with a Mommy Makeover, contact Dr. Chopra to schedule an ENVISIONS consultation. You will discuss your ultimate vision, fears, wishes, and desires alongside risks, benefits, and costs. Begin your confidence-boosting journey and contact Dr. Chopra at Twin Cities Cosmetic Surgery in Burnsville, MN at 952-435-0177 or by email Info@TCPlasticSurgery.com. Follow Dr. Chopra on Instagram @karanchopramd