Holding your new baby for the first time is pure joy; trying to work off the pregnancy weight and regain your previous physique can often be the opposite. Despite your best efforts, your body looks and feels less tight and buoyant than it used to. Mommy Makeovers target those areas most affected by pregnancy: the tummy, thighs and breasts.
Over the years, factors such as pregnancy, nursing and gravity take their toll on a woman's breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. A breast lift, or mastopexy, is an outpatient surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts.
A mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. If your breasts are small or have lost volume (for example, after pregnancy), breast implants inserted in conjunction with a mastopexy can increase firmness and restore their size.
Despite a healthy lifestyle, many people still struggle with localized fat deposits that create disproportionate contours in areas of the body including thighs, arms, neck, hips, waist, back, chest and chin. Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, reshapes your body through the removal of excess fat. Liposuction is an effective treatment to eliminate fat deposits and also improves your body’s contour.
Depending on the area treated, liposuction can be performed either in a clinic setting with local anesthesia or in the operating room with general anesthesia. The length of the procedure will vary depending on the number of areas treated and the extent of the treatment required. Most patients can return to work in two to three days and resume activities as tolerated. As with any surgical procedure, complications may occur. These rare occurrences include bruising, infection, dimpling or asymmetry of the treatment site.
Liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss and will not treat obesity. The highly trained surgeons at OHSU will help decide which areas to target and the amount of liposuction that is best for you.
Factors such as pregnancy, significant weight gain or loss, aging and inherited traits can cause saggy skin, stretch marks and fat deposits in the abdominal region. Even more frustrating, these issues may persist, despite a proper diet and exercise and can cause the abdomen to appear disproportionate to the body. In many cases, a flabby abdomen is due not only to fat, but poor elasticity of the skin and a stretching of the inner girdle responsible for the tone and appearance of the abdomen.
OHSU plastic surgeons are highly skilled in abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck,” an outpatient procedure to eliminate excess fat and skin and create a firmer and slimmer abdominal contour. During the procedure, the surgeon will remove excess fat and skin from the area and tighten weakened or separated muscles within the abdomen. The skin is then stretched over the naval for a flatter abdomen and thinner waist.
A less invasive surgery is a partial abdominoplasty or “mini tummy tuck.” This procedure is ideal for patients with fat deposits limited to below the navel area.
Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures. A breast implant is a silicone shell filled with either silicone gel or a salt-water solution known as saline. The FDA has approved both implants for routine breast augmentation.
Breast augmentation, technically known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to enhance the size and shape of a woman's breast for a number of reasons:
- To enhance the body contour of a woman who, for personal reasons, feels her breast size is too small.
- To correct a reduction in breast volume after pregnancy.
- To balance a difference in breast size.
- As a reconstructive technique following breast surgery.
During the outpatient surgery your surgeon will insert a breast implant below the chest muscle, behind each breast using one of three approaches: Transaxillary, inframammary or peri-areolar. Before the surgery you and your surgeon will talk about which approach is right for you.