An all inclusive term used by plastic surgeons to cover the restoring of a woman’s body as much as possible to the appearance of the woman before pregnancies. Usually covering a procedure on the breasts and abdomen, it also may incorporate the buttock, hips, and thighs. These as we know are the areas commonly affected by the weight gain and anatomy changes from the pregnancy, as well as possibly a cesarean section if one was necessary at the time of childbirth.
The breasts may require to be enlarged, lifted or reduced. The incisions vary depending on the procedure which is indicated. The abdomen typically requires repair of the separation of the rectus muscles in the front of the abdomen as well as skin contouring and excision. Liposuction of the hips, flanks, thighs can be performed at the same procedure as well as augmenting the buttock region with the fat removed from the other areas. A lower body lift or circumferential abdominoplasty may also be indicated. The advantages of combining the procedures in one operation is decreased cost and less recovery periods. Time guidelines and amount of work should follow safety guidelines and not follow reality TV shows, which sometimes are extreme.
Ideally at least 3 months should pass between the time of not only the birth, but the ending of breast feeding to consider the procedure. Also the status of the weight of the individual plays a role. If more than 15-20 pound weight loss is planned, then consideration should be given to postponing the procedure until that weight has been lost and stabilized.
Discussing all the areas that concern you at the consultation is the best way to come up with a personalized approach that is best for you as an individual.