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Dr. Hardy is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, Northwest Society of Plastic Surgery, American Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Association, Plastic Surgery Education Foundation, Cleft Palate Foundation, and the Montana Medical Association.

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Plastic Surgery after Pregnancy

June 20, 2012 @ 12:36 PM -- by Stephen Hardy M.D.

Plastic Surgery after PregnancyAfter having a child, a woman's body undergoes many changes in weight, skin tightness, and overall body contour. Stretch marks can be a common problem, as is loose skin and sagging skin. That's where a mommy makeover comes into play. It's an important option to consider for restoring the look of your body to the way it was before pregnancy. When you meet with a Missoula plastic surgeon, you can learn more about all of your options for enhancing overall skin tightness and appearance. We’d like to take a moment right now to look at the basics of mommy makeover treatment.

Skin Laxity and Pregnancy

When you are pregnant, your skin will expand, especially around the abdominal region. This is the natural way that skin will accommodate extra weight. Once the weight is lost, your skin will shrink back around your frame, but only to a certain degree. The only way to remove this excess skin is to undergo plastic surgery. A mommy makeover will combine multiple plastic surgery procedures to improve overall appearance. Let’s look at some of the most common mommy makeover procedures right now.

Body Sculpting After Pregnancy

One of the most common procedures for mommy makeovers is tummy tuck surgery. A tummy tuck will remove excess skin from the lower abdominal area to improve the appearance of the waistline. Similar approaches can be taken to improve the appearance of other parts of the body. For the buttocks, a buttock lift can be performed, and for the arms and thighs, there is the arm lift and the thigh lift. It’s also common to perform liposuction as part of a mommy makeover in order to remove those stubborn pockets of fat that do not respond to exercise or dieting.

Breast Enhancement and Contouring After Pregnancy

The breasts can also be affected by the weight gain and weight loss involved with pregnancy. That’s why there are numerous breast enhancement surgeries that are commonly performed as part of a mommy makeover. A breast lift surgery or breast reduction surgery are not uncommon procedures. Both of these will help ensure that the breasts are perkier, firmer, and better contoured to a person’s frame. Some women will also undergo Missoula breast augmentation, which will achieve similar ends while also enhancing the overall bustline in the process.

Facial Rejuvenation After Pregnancy

The face can also be affected by the weight gain, weight loss, and related changes of pregnancy. With that in mind, there are many times that a facelift, a brow lift, or another facial plastic surgery procedure is performed as part of a mommy makeover. In particular, the jowls and neckline can both be addressed through lower facelift surgery and a neck lift. These will help you look your youngest and most refreshed.

Learn More About Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Options

If you would like to learn more about all of your options for effective body contouring, be sure to contact our Missoula cosmetic plastic surgery center today. The entire team here looks forward to discussing your goals in greater detail and helping you make the best decision possible about your appearance.