Peter Haines, MD
Palmetto Health USC Plastic Surgery
After having a baby, it’s normal to yearn for your pre pregnancy body. Many women experience changes to their bodies that can’t be improved through diet and exercise, no matter how hard they try. Peter Haines, MD, Palmetto Health USC Plastic Surgery, explains how cosmetic procedures and plastic surgery can help.
“There is a combination of surgical and non surgical procedures commonly known as the Mommy Makeover,” Dr. Haines said. “It is important to know that not every mother needs all these measures. Most plastic surgeons encourage a delay of at least six months after the birth of your baby and encourage you to do as much as you can through nutrition and exercise first.”
Dr. Haines outlined the common issues he addresses in a Mommy Makeover and the procedures used:
- Hyperpigmentation – the discoloration of the skin around the eyes, cheeks, mouth and forehead – can be treated with topical skin care, lasers and peels.
- A breast lift, implants or a combination of these procedures can address changes to the breasts.
- A tummy tuck can restore a flat abdomen. In this procedure, excess skin is removed and torn muscles are removed or tightened.
- Fat deposits respond favorably to liposuction or CoolSculpting®, a technique in which fat is frozen and eliminated over time.
- Stretching or distortion in the perineal region (close to the birth canal) can be improved through surgery.
Some procedures require virtually no down time; others involve a recovery period.
“With so many alternatives, it is wise to talk with your plastic surgeon to discover what options are best for you,” Dr. Haines said.