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Grand Rapids Moms! Get Your Pre-Baby Body Back

Having a baby is one of life's most miraculous journeys, but it's also one that can radically change your body in ways you don't like. Your skin can stretch, fat can accumulate, and your breasts can change size and shape during pregnancy—and not everything goes back to the way it was after the baby arrives! In other words, that bouncing bundle of joy can cause lead to unwanted jiggling and sagging on Mom. You may have heard of a procedure to address a post-pregnancy body, but you might not know that a Mommy Makeover at Grand Rapids' Bengtson Center is not one procedure, but many surgeries, treatments, and techniques rolled into one customized plan with the pre-baby you in mind.

As a board-certified plastic surgeon with a particular focus on the female form, Dr. Brad Bengtson is familiar with each element of a Mommy Makeover to help you tighten up what's now too loose, lift what's sagging, and reduce whatís bulging. No two women have the same body, of course, but this is especially true after pregnancy and nursing, so no two Mommy Makeovers will be the same. The point is that you can take back control of your own body and return to the shape (and clothes) you remember from the days before the baby with a Mommy Makeover.

What Goes Into a Mommy Makeover?

When talking about the changes that happen to a body during and after pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing, women typically focus on two areas: the belly and the breasts. These are the main regions targeted for a Mommy Makeover—and for good reason! The toll that pregnancy takes on a body is most evident where anyone and everyone can see it: right there in front, where it's hard to miss parts that stick out or droop down. Here are the main stars of the Mommy Makeover:

Mommy Makeover: The Tummy

Weight gain is common in pregnancy, but not all of that accumulated fat leaves after the baby does—even if you try diet and exercise. Is there anything more frustrating than nibbling away at a restrictive menu and pouring sweat out in a spin class each week, only to see nothing change? Liposuction is a standard method of surgical fat removal, ensuring that the unwanted fat cells don't just shrink and wait for a new opportunity to grow large again, but that they leave the body and never return. The procedure is common to many Mommy Makeover procedures.

Pregnancy is about more than weight gain, though. A growing baby needs room to move and expand, which is why a pregnant woman's abdomen swells with each passing day of her pregnancy. Unfortunately, not every woman's skin and abdominal tissues are pliant enough to stretch along with the baby, then tighten back into place on their own. Another Mommy Makeover component, a tummy tuck, removes lax skin that hangs down like an apron, and can also include some fat removal, too. Internally, a tummy tuck (also known as an abdominoplasty) may involve the surgical tightening of abdominal muscles that have spread apart, making it an important part of the Mommy Makeover.

Mommy Makeover: The Breasts

As milk ducts kick into gear throughout the pregnancy, breasts will swell and change, with more changes to come if the baby nurses for any length of time. The most common breast-related surgeries in a Mommy Makeover are lifts to address sagging and reduction to bring their size back down to manageable levels.

In some cases, women can lose up to a full bra cup size off their original breasts in their post-pregnancy and post-nursing days. Some women may also find that after pregnancy and/or nursing, their breasts are now different sizes or shapes. An augmentation can balance the two, keeping them in proportion with each other, and can restore lost volume. Implants may be inserted into one or both breasts during a Mommy Makeover.

Dr. Bengtson is particularly sought out as a plastic surgeon not just for Mommy Makeovers, but for his overall work on breasts, due to his experience, reputation, and talent. He served as the lead investigator for the successful U.S. FDA trials for the Natrelle Style 410 Highly Cohesive Gel Implants, approved in 2013, and was the first plastic surgeon in the Midwest to use the round Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive implants. Whether working on a complex Mommy Makeover or providing augmentation alone, he's committed to providing the best results possible.

More Procedures for Mommy Makeover Patients

The Skin

The surgical elements of a Mommy Makeover are ideal for changing body contours, but do not address cosmetic changes to the skin, such as stretch marks. Microneedling can stimulate the skinís own healing ability to reduce the appearance of such telltale marks.

Melasma, a skin condition known as "the mask of pregnancy," is common for many women. Dark patches can appear on your forehead and cheeks during gestation, and can remain for long after the baby arrives. If spots fail to fade on their own, women can choose chemical peels and other options to even out their pigmentation again.

Talk to the Bengtson Center team about skin treatments available to complement a Mommy Makeover.

The Fat

Pretty much any woman who's had a baby will tell you that the belly and the boobs aren't the only parts that get bigger. Stubborn pockets of fat can hold on like a stubborn toddler, refusing to let go of your thighs, butt, and sides. Another common place to find an unwanted bulge is at the neck, creating the dreaded double chin. These areas can all be reduced with surgical solutions such as body contouring and liposuction—part of many Mommy Makeovers—but there are also nonsurgical options available for women who want to custom tailor their fat removal options while avoiding incisions.

CoolSculpting® cools down fat cells—and only fat cells—to a destructive temperature, killing them off and sending them packing out of the body. Coupled with the fat-disrupting Z Wave technology, which maximizes the results, this treatment offers gradual results with no down time or recuperation to speak of.

If a double chin is your main focus, consider Kybella®, an injectable approved for use in the submental area, where it destroys the fat cells it encounters, causing the area to slim down.

Vaginal Rejuvenation

Lower down on the body, some women may notice that their vaginal area looks and feels different than it did before childbirth, with problems ranging from ill-fitting underwear and swimsuits to discomfort during intercourse. Talk to the Bengtson Center Mommy Makeover team to learn whether a labiaplasty could help with the problems you are experiencing. Physical changes to the area can cause labia to appear more pronounced.

The birthing process can also weaken muscles on the pelvic floor, a structure that provides critical bladder support. Without that support, women may find it difficult to prevent leakage, especially when jogging, laughing, sneezing, jumping rope—in other words, living life day to day. A nonsurgical treatment known as ThermiVa® uses heat energy to stimulate new collagen growth in the area and build up the pelvic floor, as well as thicken vaginal walls and increase moisture. These improvements can get your vaginal area looking and feeling great again, allowing for a return to enjoyable activities (including the sort that got you a baby in the first place!).

At the Bengtson Center, every labiaplasty—part of a Mommy Makeover or notócomes with a ThermiVa® treatment, so women who want to fix up down there get the best benefits of both.

You may choose only one or two of the Mommy Makeover elements noted above, or you may want them all. The point is that you get to make the decision, with help from a board-certified plastic surgeon and our team, ready provide expert care and answers to your questions.

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