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ost new moms are unhappy with the changes their bodies have gone through with pregnancy. Some of these changes can’t be fixed with diet and exercise alone. There’s never been a better time for all the moms out there that want to get their pre-pregnancy body back. From surgical to non-surgical procedures, there’s an explosion of new techniques and technologies. “Just as digital technology and social media evolve, so does everything within plastic surgery and medicine,” says Camille Cash, MD, a plastic surgeon in Houston, Texas. As a mother of three, she can relate to her patients. “The tools we have are rapidly expanding,” says Dr. Cash. “One of the newer trends utilizing the advances in technology is the ‘mommy makeover.”

MOMMY MAKEOVER By using a combination of surgical and nonsurgical procedures plastic surgeons can help women restore their bodies after babies. “There are areas of the body that take an extra beating during pregnancy and post pregnancy,” says Cash. “Oftentimes women are coming in looking for improvements.” Combining multiple procedures at the same time means that moms don’t have to take more time off from work or away from their family.

“Moms don’t have to take more time off from work or away from their family.”

WHAT PROCEDURE IS RIGHT FOR ME? The procedures for each mommy makeover vary slightly. After pregnancy and nursing, breasts may be smaller; a breast augmentation can restore fullness. A breast lift can restore the breasts to their pre-pregnancy position. In combination, these procedures can achieve a full breast makeover. If breasts are larger after pregnancy, patients may be experiencing neck, upper back and shoulder pain, and women can even develop rashes between their breasts or grooves on their shoulders from bra straps. “Breast reduction can bring relief,” says Cash. A tummy tuck is ideal for tightening stretched-out abdominal muscles and removing excess skin and fat on the belly. “A tummy tuck is usually the keystone procedure in a mommy makeover,” she says. Finally, liposuction is a great way to touch up areas, “Where the baby weight refuses to disappear,” says Cash. Liposuction in combination with a tummy tuck can also help slim a patient’s waistline, giving her a fit and youthful appearance. There is no one size fits all approach to a mommy makeover. “In my practice, we try to treat the patient as a whole,” says Cash. “That may mean everything from non-invasive procedures to diet, exercise and some degree of nutrition and wellness. Only then are you going to get the best surgical results.”

MOMS, WE’VE GOT THIS!

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