Rejuvenate the Breasts and Body After Pregnancy and Childbirth in the Philadelphia Area
Pregnancy is a wonderful experience that can bring joy to a family, but it's often unfortunately accompanied by unwanted changes to the mother's body. These changes develop in response to shifts in hormones during—and after—pregnancy, as well as the physical effects of breastfeeding. During pregnancy, the 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 many post-pregnancy changes remain. A Mommy Makeover with Philadelphia-based plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Cross can address these unwanted changes to the body and breasts.
The key to the most corrective result is customization and precision. Dr. Cross believes that committing to listening to a patient's goals, performing a proper exam, and putting together a Mommy Makeover plan to best achieve her specific aesthetic desires will ultimately result in the most consistent results.
What Does a Mommy Makeover Involve?
Mommy Makeover procedures can begin as early as three months after a woman gives birth, but most new moms typically wait until at least six months have passed to ensure that the body has corrected as much as it can on its own.
Multiple components of a Mommy Makeover can be completed at the same time, and Dr. Cross's goal is to achieve as much as is necessary with just one surgical experience. While almost all Mommy Makeover patients can be treated in one stage, Dr. Cross always follows one basic principle: Safety comes first. He will never allow a patient to do more than she can tolerate or more than is safe. In certain Mommy Makeover cases, he plans a multi-staged approach with the patient.
Mommy Makeover Breast Rejuvenation
A new mother's breasts may ultimately 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 changes to bands known as Cooper's ligaments, which extend from the collar bone down and support the breast from within. These ligaments determine and maintain breast shape, so if they become stretched out and unable to retract back, the breasts will lose their shape and sag. Unfortunately, there is no exercise or diet regimen that can reverse these changes.
Fortunately, a well performed reduction, lift, and/or breast augmentation procedure effectively corrects these post-pregnancy changes. Augmentations paired with lifts are quite common and may be performed in conjunction with other Mommy Makeover procedures. Based on a patient's anatomy and goals, the Mommy Makeover patient and Dr. Cross will together determine whether a reduction and lift, just a lift, an augmentation, or a lift with an augmentation is required.
In addition to traditional procedures, Dr. Cross implements advanced techniques that include extracting unwanted fat from other regions of the body and injecting it into the breasts. This procedure, known as fat grafting, or the no-implant augmentation, provides a natural breast enhancement and can be incorporated into a Mommy Makeover.
Mommy Makeover Abdominoplasty
As the abdomen stretches to accommodate a growing baby, the skin and tissue encompassing the stomach muscle also expand. While natural elasticity in these tissues allows for some postbirth retraction, damage to the elastin in the tissues typically makes a complete return to prebaby conditions impossible. As a result, women are left with loose skin, stretch marks, and a spreading apart of the abdominal muscles that form a "six pack." Referred to as "rectus diastasis," this widening gap will prevent a woman from achieving a flat stomach after pregnancy, even if her muscles are stronger than they were prior to having children. Each of these issues in the abdominal region can be addressed with a specific technique, frequently combined into a procedure known as an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck.
A discussion in Dr. Cross's office will help define which Mommy Makeover options will provide the maximum benefit with the least invasive measures and the fastest recovery time. Dr. Cross now performs "drainless" abdominoplasties for appropriate Mommy Makeover candidates to inhibit post-procedure fluid accumulation and improve recovery.
MEET DR. KEVIN J. CROSS
Dr. Cross is a board-certified plastic surgeon. His philosophy is to develop an individualized treatment plan for each of his patients while using his breadth of experience to ensure that his patients receive long-lasting, natural appearing results that reach their aesthetic goals.
Mommy Makeover Fat Reduction for Body Contouring
Depending on her physique, a woman's body goes through a variety of changes throughout pregnancy. Most commonly, many women gain significant weight. This increase in volume, which happens relatively quickly, stretches the skin and grows pockets of fat in stubborn areas of the body. There are many liposuction techniques available to reduce these areas. Dr. Cross has literally written the textbook chapter on surgical fat reduction and uses many of the available techniques. An exam and discussion will help patients understand which technique is best for their Mommy Makeover.
Mommy Makeover Lifts
Weight gain is not the only fat-related problem that pregnancy can cause. A woman's weight also tends to fluctuate quite a bit, causing the midsection and buttock regions to lose their natural shape. A variety of Mommy Makeover options exist to lift and tighten sagging skin for a perkier post-pregnancy look. A thigh lift, buttock lift, or lower body lift can restore definition to these deflated regions.
Non-surgical Options to Complement a Mommy Makeover
While surgical procedures offer the most dramatic results, non-surgical treatments can be helpful for women who are not yet ready for surgery, but who want to address some of the cosmetic issues caused by pregnancy and childbirth. Non-surgical treatments can also refine the results of a Mommy Makeover. Dr. Cross and his team can explain what SculpSure® body contouring, PellevĂ©® and Ultherapy skin tightening, Kybella® for double chin reduction, and Cellfina® for cellulite reduction can do.