Gaining weight during pregnancy isn’t surprising — in fact, putting on some extra pounds is essential for the health and wellness of your developing baby.
But a lot of women are surprised to learn how difficult it is to regain the shape they had before they got pregnant. And, in fact, once those extra pregnancy pounds are lost, you can still be left with flabby, sagging areas or pockets of stubborn fat that just won’t budge.
That’s where body contouring can help. At Sterling Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, we use a custom approach to body contouring, helping women in and around Sarasota, Florida, feel more confident and more attractive following pregnancy. Here’s how body contouring can help you.
Body contouring: The basics
Body contouring is a broad term that encompasses a wide variety of treatments and procedures designed to restore your pre-pregnancy contours — or even improve on them.
Statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show the most common “mommy makeover” procedures — liposuction, breast lifts, and fat grafting — are on the rise, indicating more moms are turning to contouring to restore not just their shape, but their confidence, too.
After pregnancy, the most common contouring treatments include those focused on:
- Sagging breasts
- Tummy fat or flab
- Sagging skin or flabby areas in the buttocks, arms, or legs
- Loss of volume in the breast area
Luckily, there’s a body contouring procedure designed to address each of those areas, either singly or in combination.
Liposuction uses special techniques to remove fat tissue in areas that just don’t respond to diet and exercise. Once the fat tissue is removed, it’s gone for good.
As a top plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Mark Mathieson uses both traditional liposuction and PAL® liposuction, a state-of-the-art technique that uses an injectable fluid to gently break up fat tissue before it’s removed through a tiny incision.
Liposuction can be used on most areas of the body, including your belly, flanks, buttocks, hips, and waist.
CoolSculpting is a noninvasive treatment that uses cold energy to get rid of stubborn fat.
During a CoolSculpting treatment, a special applicator placed over your skin emits super-cool waves of energy that “freeze” fat cells. Over time, the cells disintegrate and the resulting debris is carted off by your body’s natural waste disposal system, leaving slimmer contours behind.
Also called abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck gets rid of excess fat and sagging skin around the belly area, one of the most problematic areas after pregnancy.
Tummy tuck surgery also addresses the stomach muscles, repairing weakness that frequently occurs during pregnancy. The result is a flatter, smoother, sexier belly you want to show off.
Breast, arm, or buttock lift
Most people are familiar with face-lifts, but did you know the same type of surgery is available for other areas of your body?
Lift procedures get rid of sagging, loose skin that’s left behind after weight loss, producing contours that are firmer and more youthful looking. Dr. Mathieson offers lifts for the breasts, buttocks, arms, and thighs, along with full body lifts encompassing multiple areas.
A lift can also be combined with liposuction to eliminate stubborn fat along with sagging skin.
Get your pre-baby body back
Body contouring can be a great way to restore your pre-pregnancy curves and contours, helping you feel more attractive and more confident, too. Plus, body contouring is completely customizable, so you can address the areas that are most concerning for you.
Before any treatment or procedure, Dr. Mathieson reviews your specific concerns and evaluates your body and health to ensure your contouring treatment is designed to meet your goals.
Don’t let post-pregnancy fat or flab take a toll on your confidence. Learn how Dr. Mathieson can help you get the firmer, smoother, sexier contours you want. Call Sterling Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at 941-208-6696 to schedule a consultation today.