Restoring Your Breasts and Body
If you have had a baby you may notice that you gain weight
slowly during the first trimester. During the second and third
trimester, you will gain the majority of your pregnancy weight.
Many women fear the inevitable weight gain
and physical changes of pregnancy, even though it's normal
and healthy. The average weight gain with pregnancy can range
from 25 lbs to 50 lbs. The best weight gain with pregnancy
is a gradual weight gain over the nine month period. For some
pregnant women this is not possible as women gain weight at
different rates. The weight gain, distribution, and physical
changes of pregnancy vary from woman to woman.
Your postpartum shape will mostly be affected
by how much weight you gained during pregnancy. If you gained
too much weight during pregnancy or developed poor eating
habits and a sedentary lifestyle, you may have more difficulty
losing the weight after the baby is born.
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Weight loss solutions
after giving birth:
- Eating a healthy, well balanced diet that
is low in fat, high in fiber, and rich in vitamins and nutrients
- Exercising four or more times a week for
at least 30 minutes. Regular cardio and aerobic exercises
that elevate the heart rate are best for burning calories
needed for weight
- Weight training is recommended for toning
and tightening the muscles and body.
to the breasts and abdomen
Pregnancy can produce physical changes in the most private
parts of our bodies. Not only does the abdomen experience
major changes so do the breasts
Due to hormone fluctuations with pregnancy
and size changes, the breasts are affected before, during
and after pregnancy. The breasts usually start increasing
in size after the first 8 weeks. Some women's breasts may
increase as much as one or two cup sizes.
After pregnancy or when breast feeding is
completed the breasts size will likely decrease. This decrease
can leave the breasts droopy without volume.
Breast size changes and breast feeding can
cause changes to the size, shape and appearance of the breasts.
After or during pregnancy the breasts, abdomen and hips may
also develop stretch marks.
After giving birth some women see loose skin
and stretched abdominal muscles which may cause the abdomen
to stick out. No matter what areas of the body are affected
by pregnancy the appearance can be improved with plastic
Have no fear, Dr.
Corbin is here. As a board
certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon with over
20 years experience he has helped many women restore their
bodies to pre baby form after child birth. Generally, Dr.
Corbin recommends women wait to have plastic surgery after
pregnancy once their hormones are back to normal and they
have lost as much of the ,baby fat they can. The
patient will get the best results if they are at their ideal
or close to their ideal weight, according to Dr.
The patient's surgery selection will depend on what aesthetic
improvements the patients want to make. Some patients chose
to have breast
surgery along with a tummy
tuck to get their pre baby body back. Other women may
only need to do one or the other, a breast surgery or a tummy
tuck. In some cases of mild skin laxity some patients may
be candidates for abdominal Thermage treatments to tighten
the skin and stimulate collagen in the skin. Some women store
extra fat on their hips with pregnancy and may benefit from
liposuction to remove the extra fat.
Surgery options for women post pregnancy may be a breast
lift with or without an augmentation. The goal of plastic
surgery is to give the patient the optimum result. If a patient
breasts, excess skin and droopy enlarged
nipple areolars then they would most likely benefit from
(breast lift) to tighten and remove the extra skin, restore
breasts and also to decrease the nipple areolar size.
Some women's breasts have Pseudoptosis
following pregnancy and breast feeding. This is when the breast
size has decreased and the breasts are left looking deflated.
The nipples sit above the inframammary
crease therefore the patient generally would not benefit
from a breast lift. Usually a breast
augmentation will restore the fullness to the breast and
give the patient with Pseudoptosis a good surgical outcome.
In women whose breasts are droopy, the nipples
are pointing down or are below the breast crease and the shape
lacks volume these patients would be candidates for a breast
lift with implants.
In addition to the breasts, following pregnancy many changes
can also be seen in the abdomen. If the abdominal walls are
lax and there is extra skin and or stretch marks an abdominoplasty
(tummy tuck) is the surgical solution. With this cosmetic
procedure Dr. Corbin tightens the abdominal muscles and removes
the excess skin, stretch marks and or fat. In some cases,
women who have only a small amount of excess skin would benefit
from a mini
tummy tuck. The incisions for this surgery are smaller
and the recovery is quicker due the less invasive surgery
technique. The scars for tummy
tucks generally go from hip to hip depending on what improvements
need to be done. Scars are a big concern for women so Dr.
Corbin hides the scars in places that can be easily covered
up with panties or a bathing suit. If a woman has previous
C section scars they are removed during the tummy
tuck and replace by a new usually less noticeable scar.
Thermage a non
Thermage uses radiofrequency energy to tighten underlying
tissues. This procedure is different from the traditional
uses of Lasers, Chemical peels and dermabrasion because Thermage
treats the deeper dermis and underlying tissues, while lasers,
peels and dermabrasion targets the top layers of skin. This
option may be good on women who only have mild skin laxity
on the abdomen following childbirth.
Also with natural aging we age we lose collagen
in our skin which causes wrinkles and skin laxity. In addition
to tightening the dermis and tissues Thermage stimulates the
collagen in the skin immediately and also over time.
In order to achieve optimum results, each
patient may require a different amount of light energy applied
and a different number of passes and number of sessions.
The higher the light energy the more discomfort a patient
may feel. Each patients tolerance to pain is different so
individual pain management options are needed. Some patients
use a topical numbing cream that is applied over the area
before it is treated with Thermage. If a patient is doing
a large area of the body and having several passes other options
such as light sedation may be suggested to help the patient
feel comfortable with no pain.
Belly button changes may be seen after childbirth. Some patients
complain their belly button sticks out too much. It may have
been an innie before pregnancy and afterwards
it has become an outtie. The appearance of the
bellybutton can be improved with an umbilicoplasty surgery.
This surgery can be done with or with out a tummy
or liposculpture is a procedure to remove localized deposits
of fat from the body to improve body contour and shape. Using
small hollow metal tubes called cannulas fat is removed from
areas of excess via small incisions placed in inconspicuous
locations that literally can heal without leaving a scar.
With liposuction, fat that is resistant to diet and exercise
can be easily removed permanently changing body contour.
appearance of your body after childbirth
The combination of cosmetic
surgery procedures varies from patient to patient. It
is very common for women after giving birth to want to improve
the appearance of their bodies with breast
surgery, tummy tucks, liposuction or thermage.
Body sculpting and shaping procedures can
be done alone or together. For the best plastic
surgery results, Dr.
Corbin recommends that the patient not be breast feeding,
be at their normal hormone levels and as close to their ideal
weight as possible.
To see what cosmetic surgery would be right
for you call Dr. Corbin's office at
(714) 671-3033. or Click
here for a complimentary cosmetic consultation. Your personal
evaluation and private consultation are just a phone call