Pregnancy is a wonderful experience that can bring wanted joy to a family, but unfortunately it’s accompanied by unwanted changes to the body. These changes develop in response to shifts in hormones during the pregnancy period. During pregnancy, your body stretches and grows to accommodate an ever growing belly and the baby’s needs. Once the baby is born and milk production is complete, some changes may reverse themselves, but most post-pregnancy changes remain. At Cross Plastic Surgery, we feature a number of procedures designed to rejuvenate and restore the body after childbirth.
Our mommy makeovers are individually tailored to clients. We generally administer these treatments six months after giving birth, and can perform one or several procedures to reach your desired aesthetic goals. Dr. Cross has an impressive understanding of the human physique and is able to offer restored shape and firmness which is unachievable through diet and exercise. Depending on your particular concerns, our facility offers a variety of “mommy makeover” procedures:
Breast Lift or Augmentation
Breasts may increase or decrease in volume depending on the patient. After pregnancy, the majority of women experience saggy, lax skin on and around the breast area. This is a result of the ligaments which determine and maintain breast shape becoming irrecoverably stretched. When this happens, your breast’s natural shape is lost and they begin to sag. Unfortunately, there is no exercise or diet regimen that will alter these changes.
Fortunately, our breast lift and augmentation procedures effectively reverse and correct post-pregnancy changes. These procedures are quite common and may be able to be performed in conjunction with other “mommy makeover” procedures. Based on your condition, Dr. Cross will determine whether you require a lift or augmentation. A breast lift is where the surgeon removes lax skin in order to smooth, re-contour and essentially lift the breasts, creating a more natural appearance. During a breast augmentation, Dr. Cross inserts implants behind the breast tissue to add volume and a more uniform appearance. Implants are generally preferred to correct breasts which droop after breastfeeding.
In addition to traditional procedures, we implement advanced techniques which extract unwanted bodily fat and inject it into the breasts, providing completely natural breast enhancement. Reshaping and lifting breasts after pregnancy is unique from all other augmentation, reduction or lift procedures. It is of utmost importance to seek consultation from a board certified plastic surgeon who understands these subtleties and addresses them frequently in their practice.
As the abdomen stretches to accommodate an enlarging uterus the skin and tissue encompassing the stomach muscle also expand. While natural elasticity in these tissues allow some resolution of the stretching after pregnancy, damage to the elastin in the tissues makes complete correction impossible. As a result, women are left with loose skin, stretch marks, and widening of the “six pack” muscles. Referred to as “rectus diastasis”, this widening prevents a woman from achieving a flat stomach after pregnancy, even if their muscles are stronger than they were prior to having children. Each of these issues in the abdominal region can be addressed through various combinations of procedures. An office discussion will help define which options will provide the maximum benefit with the least invasive measures and the fastest recovery time.
If you’ve discovered diet and exercise aren’t working, we have a helpful solution for you. Tummy tucks effectively expel excess skin and fat from the abdominal region, leaving you with the stomach of your dreams. Our safe procedure can help you transform your post-pregnancy belly back into a more youthful shape. Dr. Cross utilizes a combination of liposuction and expert techniques to eliminate loose skin, tighten the stomach muscles and re-contour the tummy region. Many of our patients are opting for a tummy tuck and breast augmentation to obtain a more complete post baby body.
Body Contouring Through Liposuction
Depending on your physique, your body goes through a variety of changes throughout pregnancy. We ask that patients wait approximately six months prior to seeking liposuction and get as close as possible back to their ideal weight. During pregnancy, many women gain a large amount of weight which stretches the skin and deposits pockets of fat in stubborn areas of the body. At Cross Plastic Surgery we utilize Liposuction to re-contour the abdomen and remove pockets of fat which aren’t targeted by your diet and exercise regimen. Our tailored and safe procedure can be administered to nearly any area of the body, including the thighs or buttocks. We can expertly resize and reshape your body, giving you firmer and more youthful skin.
Thigh/Buttock/Lower Body Lift
During pregnancy, your weight tends to fluctuate quite a bit, causing the midsection and buttock region to lose its natural shape. Our buttock augmentation procedures work to correct flat and sagging skin, creating more symmetrical and prominent features. We’ve successfully administered the lift procedure to many women after pregnancy who suffered from lax, disproportionate buttocks. Through a series of slight incisions, Dr. Cross is able to restore elasticity and provide patients with firmer, more comfortable skin. This is an all encompassing procedure designed to restore confidence and diminish stretched skin resulting from pregnancy.
We specialize in Mommy Makeover procedures for the body, but want you to feel excellent from head to toe. Many women have concerns regarding their overall appearance, facial volume loss and skin tone irregularities caused by hormone and weight fluctuations. These changes do have an impact on your skin and you don’t have to suffer alone. Our dermatological experts empathize with your needs and are here to help. Cross Plastic Surgery proudly offers a variety of chemical peels, dermal fillers and advanced laser technology.
Why choose Cross Plastic Surgery
Our team of highly trained and qualified plastic surgeons have helped women from Philadelphia, Villanova, Mainline and all over Pennsylvania enjoy a healthier, happier appearance. If you’re ready for a change, please contact our office today for your complimentary consultation and inquire about our Mommy Makeovers.