Mommy makeovers continue to be popular plastic and cosmetic surgery procedure packages at doctor’s offices around the country, a series of procedures designed to help new moms get back into pre-pregnancy shape. The typical mommy makeover consists of liposuction procedures, breast augmentation and body contouring treatments such as VelaShape and Thermage that help to tighten and tone the skin.
According to statistics released by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in March, demand for cosmetic procedures has increased by as much as 147 percent since 1997. One plastic surgeon in Chicago explains that new mothers are just one segment of the population seeking more and more cosmetic enhancement options in recent years, and many are looking to reverse the physiological changes brought on by pregnancy and child-rearing. As a result, Dr. Brian Braithwaite, certified by the American Board Plastic Surgery and founder and medical director of The Aesthetic Institute of Chicago, is offering Mommy Makeover packages that not only help transform the new mom’s appearance, but also help her improve her self-esteem.
Dr. Braithwaite states that weight fluctuations and the body’s response to carrying a child can be difficult to improve on their own. Many changes during pregnancy affect the appearance of the breasts, face, thighs and the abdominal region, and the Mommy Makeover can address many of these aesthetic issues. Dr. Braithwaite uses both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments to remove excess body fat, tighten the skin and restore the previous contours of the body so that the new mom can enjoy a more youthful look.
The Mommy Makeover package available at The Aesthetic Institute of Chicago includes the breast lift procedure, breast augmentation, a tummy tuck, liposuction, thigh lift, and injectable procedures such as Botox. These procedures can be combined with a tummy tuck to improve the appearance of sagging skin around the abdomen. New moms are interviewed before the procedure to ensure they have realistic expectations about the procedure, and understand all of the risks and benefits involved.