DALLAS, May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Few things in life bring as much joy as having children and as mothers we lovingly sacrifice for our children. Pregnancy, however, can take a toll on a woman's body during the growing, nurturing and feeding of a baby. A woman's body changes in a multitude of ways during pregnancy - the hips become wider to allow the passage of a baby through the birth canal and the skin of the abdomen stretches and grows to accommodate a growing fetus.
Diane Gibby, MD, medical director and founder of the Women's Center for Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in Dallas, Texas understands the physical alterations a mother experiences first hand.
"As a female surgeon and mother myself, I recognize that the physical changes women experience throughout pregnancy and motherhood are simply that...CHANGES."
Pregnancy weight is most often stored as fatty tissue in the breasts, abdomen, flanks, hips, lower back, buttocks and thighs. The breasts also grow due to weight gain and in preparation for nursing, and there is a separation and stretching of the abdominal muscles and skin during pregnancy.
The good news is many new moms do lose the excess weight! The majority of this weight can be safely lost during the baby's first year with a healthy regimen of good eating and exercise. Unfortunately, the weight loss is not always proportional to the amount of fatty tissue in a given area. That means for some, more weight may be lost from the breasts or buttocks than the abdomen and waist. This can lead to smaller breasts despite fullness of the waist and tummy.
Once a woman finishes breastfeeding the breasts may become smaller and some sagging and looseness of the skin may occur. The weak abdominal muscles and the excess abdominal fat appear as fullness and bulging of the belly. Despite diet and exercise sometimes the stomach muscles cannot regain their original strength.
"While these alterations affect each woman differently, they are often accompanied by an emotional component that adversely affects self-esteem and confidence. The good news is that they can all be dramatically improved with new advances in surgical techniques," states Dr. Gibby.
What is a "Mommy Makeover"?
A Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures that restore a woman's body to its natural, pre-pregnancy state. The goal is to bring back to form what was stretched-out during the growing and nurturing of a child.
"The Mommy Makeover procedure is actually a combination of several different procedures that, when used together, produce amazing results," says Dr. Gibby. "Since every woman has different needs, each Mommy Makeover can vary in procedures, thus tailoring each surgery to the patient's restorative needs." Some of the procedures that can be combined in a mommy makeover are Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, Breast Lift, Breast Augmentation, and Breast Reduction.
A Mommy Makeover may be performed in a single operation or in staged procedures, depending on a woman's general health and of the complexity of the operation. Dr. Gibby stresses that post-pregnancy surgery should not be done until you have allowed time for your body to fully recover from childbirth and have someone to help with caring for your children.
A Mommy Makeover at The Woman's Center for Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery is most often performed as an outpatient procedure in the fully accredited surgery center, which ensures maximum comfort and safety. As a premier plastic surgeon in Dallas, Texas, Dr. Gibby takes every step to ensure her patients are safe and that they are treated with the utmost respect and quality patient care.
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